Jazz at Lincoln Center inaugurates a year-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 (Thursday) with Grammy Award-nominated composer/arranger Richard DeRosa conducting the pre-eminent Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) in the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center. Concert repertoire features familiar and lesser-known Bernstein works arranged by DeRosa and JLCO trombonist Vincent Gardner.
The JLCO Bernstein centennial concert will be livestreamed.
DeRosa teaches jazz composition and arranging at the University of North Texas, serves as artistic director for American Jazz Venues and, since 2012, has written and arranged for the WDR Big Band in Germany, for which he served as chief conductor from 2014-16. His writing embraces a broad spectrum of styles and settings, from concert stage to Broadway and off-Broadway, television, film, videos, audio books and CD recordings.
The list of platinum artists for whom DeRosa has written/arranged at the request of JLCO includes Wynton Marsalis, Renée Fleming, Willie Nelson/Norah Jones, Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald, Abbey Lincoln, Crosby, Stills and Nash; Lyle Lovett and Joe Cocker.
Other premier soloists and organizations for whom DeRosa has written/arranged include Susannah McCorkle, Bobby Watson, Fred Fried, The Mel Lewis Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Pops, and Metropole Orchestra in The Netherlands.