The 2013-2014 season for Jazz at Lincoln Center brings performances, commissions and homages by some of the organization’s regulars and favorites — Ahmad Jamal, Dianne Reeves and its artistic director Wynton Marsalis, to name a few — but also a noticeable amount of contemporary and experimental jazz, the organization is expected to announce on Tuesday.
There are a few new frameworks for the concerts. One is called “JLCO Hosts,” putting important contemporary bandleaders with the house orchestra in the Rose Theater. There will be two such double-billings: Kenny Garrett and Mulgrew Miller (Feb. 21-22) and Christian McBride and Kurt Rosenwinkel (May 23-24). Another is called “A Side/B side,” booking two contemporary groups — some in first-time appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center — as a double bill over the course of a weekend in the Allen Room. Those shows include the guitarist Jim Hall and saxophonist Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra (Nov. 22-23); the pianist Vijay Iyer’s trio and the pianist Billy Childs’s Jazz Chamber Ensemble (Jan. 24-25); and two groupings of composer-performers: one featuring Reid Anderson, Eric Harland, Carla Kihlstedt, Guillermo Klein, and Bill McHenry; the other, Latin-focused, including Carlos Henriquez, Pedro Martinez, Dafnis Prieto, Yosvany Terry and Elio Villafranca.
The guitarist Bill Frisell has been brought in as guest curator for a “Roots of Americana” series in the Allen Room. Through the season he will present and play in a Gershwin program, including the pianist Jason Moran, the mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, his wife, and the singer-songwriter Sam Amidon; another focusing on the 1927 “Bristol Sessions,” foundational to country music, including Buddy Miller and Carrie Rodriguez; and a concert called “The Electric Guitar in America,” including Frisell’s frequent collaborators Greg Leisz and Tony Scherr.
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