By Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
On Sunday, Oct. 13, you can see nearly 100 musicians and vocalists at the Saenger Theatre, a blues-soul guitar hero, or a roots-rock rising star.
Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Saenger Theatre, 7 p.m.
Wynton Marsalis, arguably the preeminent living jazz trumpeter on Earth, returns to his hometown with a very special, very big, show. He and the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are joined by the 70-member Chorale Le Chateau for “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration.” The program, a secular and spiritual synthesis of jazz, gospel and voice, is built around the Marsalis composition “Abyssinian Mass,” which was commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in 2008.
Robert Cray Band, Civic Theatre, 8 p.m.
Armed with either a Stratocaster or Telecaster, Robert Cray draws on blues, soul, gospel, funk, rock and more to synthesize his own distinct guitar sound, one celebrated by such authorities as Eric Clapton.
Jason Isbell, House of Blues, 8 p.m.
Alabama roots rocker Jason Isbell first came to prominence as a member of the Drive-by Truckers. He’s since released a succession of acclaimed albums with his own band, the 400 Unit, and solo projects, such as the recent “Southeastern,” with its brooding guitars and observations on love lost and found. Cary Hudson opens the show.
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