After dinner, the band listened to Daren Steruds' Jazz Ensemble in the lobby of the Overture Center and then headed downstairs to warm up. The band met Kenny Rampton backstage and headed to the mainstage at 7:30. They were introduced by Mr. Rampton and opened their two tune set with Ellington's "Black and Tan Fantasy". They were then joined by Mr. Rampton on "Portrait of Louis Armstrong" from Duke's New Orleans suite. The nearly sold out audience gave a very warm reception to the bands' performance. The Lincoln Center band then played two wonderful sets showcasing the many talents of the band and especially Wynton Marsalis.
At the conclusion of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Performance, members of both bands interacted downstairs and exchanged hugs and compliments. The evening concluded with Wynton talking to students from both Sun Prairie and Beloit about the importance of music and community, especially in these tense times. Wynton began his remarks by complimenting many individual performances of the Sun Prairie students from earlier in the evening.
A very memorable and special evening for our students.