Crosby, Stills and Nash surprised the audience with a new look when they walked onstage dressed in dark gray Brooks Brothers suits for a benefit concert with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
“If you laugh at our suits, you’re getting thrown out of here,” Graham Nash quipped. “My first pair of grown-up shoes,” David Crosby added. “They have laces and everything.”
Nash admitted to some uncertainty about whether the languages of rock and jazz “would blend” at Friday night’s concert in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.
But such concerns were quickly dispelled once the folk-rock trio’s trademark intricate vocal harmonies and acoustic and electric guitar parts were enhanced by the JLCO’s tight ensemble playing and skilled soloists.
The jazz arrangements, mostly written by JLCO members, reimagined a dozen tunes from the Crosby, Stills and Nash songbook.
“It’s like getting to play with the bigger kids,” Crosby said. He later added that they were having so much fun it felt “like three children being let loose in NASA.”
Stars line up for marathon benefit
Aerosmith, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett are among the scheduled performers for a Boston Marathon benefit concert May 30.
The show, at the TD Garden, will benefit One Fund – the collection of donations that will be distributed to the survivors of the April 15 bombings and the families of those killed in the attack.
Other confirmed acts include Jason Aldean, Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, the J. Geils Band, Carole King and New Kids on the Block.
Comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright also are in the lineup.
Tickets range from $35 to $285. They go on sale today.
The birthday bunch
Singer Bob Seger is 68. TV host Tom Bergeron is 58. Actress Roma Downey is 53. Actor George Clooney is 52. Guitarist Mark Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 46. Guitarist Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) is 42. Actress Gabourey Sidibe is 30.