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Gerald Joseph Mulligan, Gerry Mulligan or Jeru was an iconic saxophonist from Queens, NYC. He was not just an instrumentalist but also multi-talented star. Apart from Baritone Saxophone, Mulligan played mainly cool jazz and third stream with other instruments like the Piano and Clarinet. He also became a high profile Jazz music Arranger and Composer. His forty two year long career began in 1946 and ended with his death in 1996. In his active years Mulligan established himself as a creative composer and a thrilling jazz musician/ instrumentalist.
Mulligan became famous for his instrumentals on the baritone saxophone that won hearts of millions of fans in the United States. He was always an important part of the international jazz scene. It was not seen until the late seventies that the artist got huge general and critical acclaim for most of his albums and established himself as a big name. During his life he became associated with great names of pop and jazz which include Paul Desmond, Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Gil Evans and Stan Kenton.
Gerry Mulligan had many prestigious awards, honors and achievements under his belt. The eighties were very important part of his career as most of critical acclaim and commercial success came to him during this time. It was the year 1981 when Mulligan won his very first award. He became the winner of a Grammy Award in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Performance by a Big Band. This award recognized his effort on Walk on the Water. Some of his other albums namely The Age of Steam, Soft Lights and Sweet Music and Unfinished Woman were also nominated for the Grammys. In 1982 his album The Birth of the Cool went to the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Connecticut Arts Award in 1982 was also bagged by him.
On the international front the Viotti Prize was the first achievement by the artist. He got this award in 1984 followed by an induction in the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. By the nineties, Mulligan had established himself as an inspirational artist who was an institution himself. He became a part of the Philadelphia Music Foundation Hall of Fame, the American Jazz Hall of Fame, Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame and Lionel Hampton School of Music Hall of Fame. He was honored as the Guest composer at the University of Bridgeport, CT’s Mertens Contemporary American Composer's Festival in 1992. In 1995 he received the Artists Committee for the Kennedy Center Honorary Award for the Performing Arts. For more than four decades the artist was a hot favorite baritone saxophonist in the United States. Poll results of Down Beat magazine reader magazine showed the artist’s outstanding fame. After his death in 1996 his popularity continues to grow as his music is explored and played by other artist. He will remain a legend in the world of jazz and third stream music.
Mulligan made history in jazz…. Music of Gerry Mulligan & Jerry Lewis is a journey through it! Music of Gerry Mulligan tickets brings you a tribute concert that features some of the most prominent work done by Mulligan and pianist Jerry Lewis. The concert pays homage to the artists and the astounding instrumentals they made together. Both Mulligan and Lewis were great names of Jazz who came together in the nineties to make some of the most wonderful compositions and arrangements in cool jazz and third stream. This happened around the nineties because at this point in time Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool was released. This effort set a new standard for playing blues with the piano playing with the saxophone. Lewis and Mulligan were skilled pianists and they used their compositions and arrangements to let blues into their music. Once they both decided to experiment and create a new exciting sound. Mulligan and Lewis connected with the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) independently. Their individual performances with the organization were at a different level. When they came together they played and offered some of the best live with JLCO.
Music of Gerry Mulligan & Lewis will be playing creations of this duo with the Lincoln Center Orchestra under conductor Wynton Marsalis. The light and cool feel of their jazzy music played in the light of Miles Davis’ nonets. Music of Gerry Mulligan & John Lewis will be featuring a high energy performance by one of the best modern pianists of our times Jonathan Batiste. To be a part of this concert buy cheap Music of Gerry Mulligan tickets today.
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