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Behind the Scenes of Wynton Marsalis's THE EVER FONKY LOWDOWN

Watch a behind the scenes look at the making of The Ever Fonky Lowdown, Wynton Marsalis's latest opus by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Listen now: “You really just want to be entertained,” says Mr. Game, the sly hustler-narrator played by acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme, Jack Ryan) who presides over Wynton Marsalis’s new masterpiece The Ever Fonky Lowdown. Combining droll commentary with soulful, big band-backed vocals, the Lowdown is definitely entertaining—but it also brilliantly reveals Marsalis’s incisive, panoramic view of modern society. Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guest vocals from Camille Thurman, Ashley Pezzotti, Christie Dashiell, and Doug Wamble, the Lowdown is a funky jazz parable for 2020. It covers terrain from football to politics, from power to poverty, from love and romance to betrayal and corruption; it will make you dance and think. The Ever Fonky Lowdown is a horn-fueled survey of the political malaise and cultural decay now plaguing America—and how Marsalis suggests we might be able to rise above the structures that have been holding us back for centuries. Track listing We Are the Greatest (Instrumental) Mr. Game Speaks: I Am a Winner We Are the Greatest Mr. Game: Success Is My Middle Name They/Let’s Call Them This Mr. Game: Beware! They’re Going to Cause Problems The Ever Fonky Lowdown in 4 Mr. Game: Talk Is a Waste of Time I Don’t Like Nobody but Myself Mr. Game: We Must Strike First! (Trust Me) The Drums of War Mr. Game: The Mandates of Our Democracy Consideration Blues/I Know I Must Fight/The Drums of War Return Mr. Game: Who Is We? What Would the Savior Think? Mr. Game: Winners Don’t Reflect, We Celebrate Some for Me, None for You Mr. Game: We’re Number One! The Ever Fonky Lowdown in 5 Mr. Game: They Deserved Everything They Got Night Trader Mr. Game: They, Too, Want to Be Winners Mr. Good Time Man Mr. Game: Shame Is for Losers Because I Want to, Because I Like to, Because I Can Mr. Game: A Ridiculous Plea I Wants My Ice Cream Mr. Game: Somebody’s Got to Rule The Ever Fonky Lowdown in 6 Reprise: What Would the Savior Think? The Ever Fonky Lowdown in 5 & 6 Mr. Game: Your First Prize Isms, Schisms Mr. Game: Your Second Prize Yes/No Where Has the Love Gone? Mr. Game: Your Third Prize Consider This ‘Bout the Filth We Love Mr. Game: Your Fourth Prize Everybody Wear They Mask Mr. Game: You Love These Prizes Because You Live Them The Ever Fonky Lowdown in 7 Mr. Game: Your Wildcard I Got a Nagging Feeling Mr. Game: The Freedom Fighter: Fannie Lou Hamer The Ballad of Fannie Lou: Part 1 The Ballad of Fannie Lou: Part 2 Mr. Game: Just Let the Memories of Them Die Why Do We Pick Slavery over Freedom? Mr. Game: Your Last Prize (The Best One) Reprise: The Ever Fonky Lowdown in 4 Reprise: I Wants My Ice Cream I Know I Must Fight Personnel THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS 2019-20 CONCERT SEASON REEDS Sherman Irby – alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piccolo Ted Nash – alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piccolo Victor Goines – tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, and clarinet Walter Blanding – tenor saxophone Dan Block – tenor and soprano saxophones and clarinet Paul Nedzela – baritone saxophone and Bb and bass clarinets TRUMPETS Ryan Kisor Marcus Printup Kenny Rampton Wynton Marsalis TROMBONES Vincent Gardner – trombone and sousaphone Chris Crenshaw Elliot Mason RHYTHM SECTION Doug Wamble – guitar and vocals Dan Nimmer – piano Carlos Henriquez – bass Jason Marsalis – drums and tambourine SPECIAL GUESTS Camille Thurman – vocals Ashley Pezzotti – vocals Christie Dashiell – vocals Ricky “Dirty Red” Gordon – percussion Bobby Allende – percussion Additional performances from: Sam Chess – trombone (track 7) Adam Birnbaum – piano (tracks 7, 35, 42, 51) Charles Goold – drums (track 35) Subscribe to our channel: To learn more about Jazz at Lincoln Center, visit us at
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