Crosby, Stills & Nash are set to begin a spring U.S. tour this week, and will kick things off in unique style with a pair of special New York City concerts at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. The shows, scheduled for Wednesday and Friday night, will feature the famed folk-rock trio performing re-imagined versions of their compositions with accompaniment from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra .
Graham Nash recently spoke with ABC News Radio about the shows, dubbed The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook , describing the preparation for the event as "fascinating."
The singer/songwriter also revealed a few of the tunes that will be performed at the concerts, including his solo song "Military Madness," the Stephen Stills -penned CSN hit "Southern Cross," and the David Crosby -written title track of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 's 1970 debut album, Déjà Vu . Nash added that he and Crosby also rehearsed "a really beautiful version of…'Guinnevere,' with Wynton Marsalis on this lonely, lonely trumpet."
Wednesday night's performance is a private benefit that will serve as Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2013 Gala Concert, which raises money for the arts organization. Friday's show is a public event.
The rest of CSN's stateside trek will be a series of traditional concerts that will see the band visit a variety of Southeastern U.S. cities throughout May. The trio then will mount a tour of continental Europe in June and July.
Nash also gave ABC News Radio an update on the upcoming live album he's putting together featuring performances from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 1974 tour. While he recently told Rolling Stone that the record would be released on August 27, that plan apparently has changed.
Graham revealed, "We were gonna bring it out in August, but next year is the 40th anniversary of the tour, and so I'm gonna wait for spring of next year."
Nash said another reason for pushing back the project's release is that he continues to find material that he wants to include on the album. "You gotta understand, our shows were three or four hours long," he explained, "and there are four of us and we were all writing like crazy."
He added, "I just found a one-minute, 10-second song of Neil Young 's about Richard Nixon that I can't leave off. It's brilliant…So, my point is, I'm still forming and shaping the album."
Nash expects the collection's final track list to feature about 38 songs.
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