"Big Band Holidays" concert.
Holiday celebrations have been de rigueur at Jazz at Lincoln Center since December 1989, when the Wynton Marsalis band and The Lincoln Center Classical Jazz Orchestra presented "A Classical Jazz Christmas." The tradition continued over the years with various iterations of "Red Hot Holiday Stomp," in which small ensembles put a New Orleans feeling on choice Yuletide classics. Carrying this ritual forward, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presented over a dozen imaginative arrangements of timeless holiday songs, joined by vocalists René Marie and Gregory Porter.
Ahmad Jamal opens Jazz at Lincoln Center's (JALC) season with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis, embedding Jamal's quartet including Reginald Veal, Herlin Riley, and Manolo Badrena to perform new arrangements of his innovative works and intoxicating rhythms.
In the southwest of France in August 2008, American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and French accordionist Richard Galliano teamed up on a musical tribute to Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf at the Jazz in Marciac Festival.