Joel Ross

Vibraphonist/Composer/Pianist

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Moonglow: The Magic of Benny Goodman


  • Jazz At Lincoln Center: The Appel Room 10 Columbus Circle New York, NY, 10023 United States (map)

The story of jazz’s first popular integrated band – a decade before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball – is told by scriptwriter and seven-time Emmy Award-winner Geoffrey Ward (Ken Burns’ Jazz), narrated live by host Wendell Pierce (HBO’s Treme and The Wire), and performed by a rising star ensemble of pianist Christian Sands (in the role of Teddy Wilson), drummer Sammy Miller (Gene Krupa), 20-year-old vibraphone sensation Joel Ross (Lionel Hampton), and a host of special guest clarinetists. Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, Patrick Bartley, and Janelle Reichman each take a turn representing the unparalleled voice of Benny Goodman. These unique and informative performances will feature live music and spoken word as informative, inspiring, and emotionally stirring joint crafts as they channel the “King of Swing” and tell the story of his groundbreaking band.