On May 1, 2014, Billy Crystal hosted the annual Jazz Gala at Lincoln Center. The Jazz Orchestra was directed by renowned Wynton Marsalis. This year's theme was "Love, Loss and Laughter: The Story of Jazz." Dance was incorporated into the show as well as timeless Jazz music.
Jonathan Batiste, Bill Cosby, Aaron Diehl, Jon Faddis, Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band, Dominick Farinacci, Taj Mahal, Pedrito Martinez, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mark O'Connor, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts and Cécile McLorin Salvant were part of this warm event.
The concert was a once in a lifetime event to be sure. The event featured many of the most popular tunes in the history of Jazz. The genesis of this genre began in New Orleans and then found its way to New York. After the migration to the Big Apple, Jazz spread out and became a global phenomenon.
Billy Crystal was the perfect host for this concert. His father, Jack Crystal, was the manager for the well-known Commodore Music Shop and was responsible for the production of many Jazz concerts.
Music featured in the concert were the famous works of Jelly Roll Morton, Harold Arlen, Thelonious Monk as well as Charles Mingus. Ranging from the street of Paris to the sidewalk of Broadway, attendees had a magical Jazz experience.