Crosby, Stills & Nash were literally jazzed for their performance with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Friday night. The venerable rock band has been performing together for over four decades, and it’s not surprising that over the years a certain rote quality might have settled in. But delivering a program called The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook featuring their greatest hits as newly arranged by various members of the JALC, they demonstrated a giddy enthusiasm.
“This is like playing with the bigger kids,” gushed Crosby at one point about this musical high-wire act, the latest in an annual series of benefit concerts in which the orchestra collaborates with notable pop/rock performers. As with last year’s show with Paul Simon, the evening proved revelatory.
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