The fifteen-player ensemble led by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has gotten a lot of attention after their recent tour in Cuba, a country that had been virtually off-limits for American musicians during the Bush era (during his presidency, Cuban musicians who lived in their native country were also denied visas to play in the US). Their visit spawned a “60 Minutes” special on CBS that also heightened awareness about the educational opportunities that Marsalis provides for talented young musicians. On the program for the current tour is a selection of classic tunes from the likes of Kurt Weill and Billy Strayhorn (who wrote “Take the ‘A’ Train” for Duke Ellington), newly arranged material from Chick Corea and the orchestra’s latest release “Vitoria Suite,” a new extended work by Marsalis that explores the nuances of the jazz and blues of North America and also the indigenous music of the Basque region and flamenco from a blues-oriented point of view. (Ernest Barteldes)
February 4 at Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan, (312)294-3000. $52-$195.