Jazz at Lincoln Center: Blood on The Fields

The Library streams a performance of Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Blood on the Fields in the latest installment of the Jazz at Lincoln Center digital series. It chronicles American slavery through the story of an African man and woman who are stolen and enslaved, fall in love, and see their relationship truly flourish when they reach freedom.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Program: 
6:30 pm
Event Canceled

**EVENT CANCELED due to technical issues with the program video streaming.***

Wynton Marsalis made history with his dramatic, thought-provoking Blood on the Fields, the first jazz composition to win a Pulitzer Prize. The composition chronicles American slavery through the story of an African man and woman who are stolen and enslaved, fall in love, and see their relationship truly flourish when they reach freedom. Marsalis employs several elements of the black music experience in America: the blues, chants, spirituals, and liberal doses of New Orleans and Caribbean rhythmic traditions.

The landmark oratorio is featured in the latest installment of the Jazz at Lincoln Center digital concert series. Baritone Gregory Porter, scat-singing legend Kenny Washington, and contralto Paula West join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the streamed presentation, which is preceded by a brief look at the instrumentation, music, and composer.