Crosby, Stills & Nash to Join Fund-Raiser for Jazz at Lincoln Center

By By JAMES C. MCKINLEY JR. (courtesy of The New York Times)

Crosby, Stills and Nash will perform with Wynton Marsalis and his orchestra in May to raise money for Jazz at Lincoln Center, continuing that nonprofit group’s strategy of joining with pop and rock musicians to generate financial support for jazz.

The famous folk-rock trio will perform two shows with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra at the Rose Theater, one on May 1 for the institute’s annual fund-raising gala and a second performance for the general public on May 3. Called “The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook,” the program will consist of hits from the band’s catalog arranged by Mr. Marsalis and other members of the orchestra.

Mr. Marsalis, the virtuoso trumpeter who is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s managing and artistic director, presented a similar genre mash-up for the gala last year, collaborating with with Paul Simon and his band.

At the 2011 gala Eric Clapton joined Mr. Marsalis and the orchestra for a program dominated by traditional blues and gospel songs.

The annual gala, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s headquarters on Columbus Circle, accounts for nearly a tenth of the revenue that finances concerts and educational programs, which cost about $41 million a year. The organization’s finances are healthy, members of its board said, with little debt and an endowment that has grown to $14.2 million.

“Individually and collectively, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash are influential and important figures in American music,” Mr. Marsalis said in a statement. “Their music is rooted in American folk, pop and blues traditions and their experiments with form, harmony and orchestration will make for a natural collaboration.”

Mr. Crosby said, “We are excited and fascinated with this merging of musical streams and look forward to a night to remember.”