NEW YORK (AP) -- The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will tour South America in March for the first time in 10 years.

Wynton Marsalis (Mike Coppola, Getty Images)

JALC announced Tuesday that the 12-city tour kicks off Feb. 27 in New York and will visit Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico and six South American countries. The program will celebrate the influence of musical traditions from throughout the Americas on jazz.

In an email, Marsalis says "music from the Afro-Latin Diaspora forms one of the fundamental pillars of jazz expression," starting with Jelly Roll Morton and echoing through the generations.

The JALC Orchestra will perform Marsalis' "Swing Symphony" with the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at a March 13 concert in Caracas, Venezuela.

The tour concludes April 1 in Recife, Brazil.

 

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