Thursday, January 22, at Knight Concert Hall, the Arsht Center, 1301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 8 p.m. $15-$135. Call 305-949-6722, or visit arshtcenter.org.
Also, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wednesday, January 28, at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall, Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.
8 p.m. $65. Call 561-832-7469,
or visit kravis.org.
In addition to that project, they have been working on a lot of material generated by the band members themselves. "We have a really large repertoire of music," trumpeter Marcus Printup explains via phone while preparing for a performance. "For the past year, Wynton [Marsalis] has been featuring different arrangements from the cats in the band, and we're starting to expand our own book as well as music from bandleaders like Stan Kenton, Count Basie, and the like."
Printup doesn't seem intimidated by playing his horn next to the band's famous director — they have been playing together for well over a decade, and Marsalis' professionalism helps to keep things in the right place. There are some moments, though. "I've been playing in the band for 16 years now, so it's like second nature to me," Printup says. "But every now and then, I look over and go, 'Wow, I'm playing with the guy who was my idol when I was in college.' But he's very down-to-Earth; he's just one of us — he's no male diva at all."
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