Average Ticket Prices
Toby Keith $40.77      Granger Smith $16.05      Jim Jefferies $38.76      Ana Popovic $26.66      George Canyon $30.01      Lyle Lovett $58.90      Collective Soul $36.79      The Great Zucchini $5.03      Casting Crowns $31.62      Josh Ritter $32.22      Ghost $27.38      Jerry Seinfeld $94.30      Who's Bad - The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute $19.93      Beach House $29.12      Theresa Caputo $65.43      Frankie Moreno $25.30      Steel Panther $23.62      Ratatat $29.91      One Direction $79.82      Jackson Browne $63.69      Black Violin $25.67      August Burns Red $24.80      Get The Led Out - American Led Zeppelin $31.26      Nicki Minaj $45.00      "Hits Deep Tour" $28.13      Patty Griffin $38.74      Gad Elmaleh $31.19      "So You Think You Can Dance" $53.02      Ariana Grande $50.48      The Main Squeeze $18.02      Madeon $26.43      Tori Kelly $30.04      Galactic $29.12      Brantley Gilbert $37.18      The Temptations $51.24      Leon Bridges $29.22      My Morning Jacket $44.55      Earth, Wind & Fire $50.73      Nahko and Medicine for the People $23.82      X Ambassadors $18.83      Hollywood Undead $24.08      The Beach Boys $47.45      J.J. Grey & Mofro $32.98      Melvins $24.58      Chris Brown $40.74      Barenaked Ladies $46.21      Johnny Reid $48.53      Kevin Hart $75.51      Death Cab For Cutie $41.22      "Kidz Bop Live" $31.03      
See all average ticket prices

McFerrin, Simon Sing Improv At N.Y. Lincoln Center

09:01 AM Saturday 9/15/12 | |

Are you ready for Simon and McFerrin?

  • Bobby McFerrin

    2010 file photo, Bobby McFerrin performing at the jazz festival in Kiev, Ukraine.
    January 27, 2012

    (Efrem Lukatsky / AP Photo)

    | 

Paul Simon probably never had a vocal partner quite like Bobby McFerrin, who coaxed him onstage for an impromptu performance of a Simon and Garfunkel hit – the highlight of opening night of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 25th anniversary season.

In his unique style, McFerrin had just started singing “Scarborough Fair” at Thursday night’s concert – singing the lyrics while using his voice as a musical accompaniment – when he suddenly stopped to say that someone had spotted Simon in the audience.

“I don’t know really how you feel about improv, but there’s an extra microphone over there,” he said to Simon.

Simon initially demurred. But with the audience cheering, McFerrin said in a high-pitched falsetto: “I just think you can sing this one better than I can.”

“How could you do that to me,” Simon said good-naturedly as he joined McFerrin onstage at the Rose Theater for an unexpected guest turn.

McFerrin quickly proved that he’s no Art Garfunkel, whose tight vocal harmonies with Simon turned “Scarborough Fair” and other songs into ‘60s hits.

Simon quickly adjusted to McFerrin’s loose, irreverent style as they echoed each other’s lines, broke up the lyrics and adapted their singing to saxophonist Ted Nash’s arrangement of the Simon song for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

As the audience gave a standing ovation, orchestra music director Wynton Marsalis joked: “Ok, Paul, I saw that. I’m shocked you did that.”

The evening’s program, “My Audio Biography,” featured McFerrin reconnecting with what he considers touchstones in his musical life: spirituals taught to him by his father Robert McFerrin, the first black man to sing at the Metropolitan Opera; rhythm and blues and funk tunes; a movement from Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7,” and bebop – Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee” that featured a rapid-fire vocalese-trumpet duo with Marsalis.

  • Paul Simon

    At the induction ceremony for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, At Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass.
    October 1, 2011

    (AP Photo)

    | 

McFerrin chose not to perform his biggest pop commercial hit “Don’t Worry Be Happy.”


Comments



Artists Mentioned in this article