Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
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Jazz at Lincoln Center
33 West 60 Street, Floor 11
New York, New York 10023 USA
Phone: +01 212-258-9800
Email: chenry@jalc.org

Festival Description

“We don’t just play jazz—we teach it, we write it, we dance it, we sing it, we present it, we photograph it, we film it, we produce it, we archive it, we record it, we broadcast it, we commission it, we celebrate it, we love it, we share it.” — Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center

“Welcome” is the motto of Jazz at Lincoln Center, a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz. Through performance, education and preservation, Jazz at Lincoln Center envisions and encourages a world in which musicians, composers, lifelong enthusiasts, and grade-school children alike are invited to come together to appreciate the down-home soul and sophistication of the sound of American democracy: Jazz.

The October 18, 2004 opening of Frederick P. Rose Hall, the new home of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the cultural centerpiece of the new development at Columbus Circle, is the culmination of the spectacular rise in less than 20 years of Jazz at Lincoln Center from a three-concert series to a full, year-round program of more than 450 performance, educational and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. It represents the bricks and mortar confirmation of jazz as a uniquely American art form, on par with the most magnificent works of western classical music, dance, theater and film.

Festival Dates September 13, 2012 - June 3, 2013
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Festival Story:

In the mid-1980s, Lincoln Center, Inc. was looking to expand its own programming efforts to attract new and younger audiences and fill its halls during the summer months, when resident companies were performing elsewhere. Long time jazz enthusiasts on the Lincoln Center campus and on the Lincoln Center Board recognized the need for America’s music to be represented and lobbied to include jazz in the organization’s offerings. After four summers of successful concerts titled “Classical Jazz,” Jazz at Lincoln Center became an official department of Lincoln Center in 1991.

During its first year, Jazz at Lincoln Center produced concerts throughout New York City, including Brooklyn and Harlem. By the second year, Jazz at Lincoln Center had its own radio series on National Public Radio, began touring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (now known as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) and recording and selling CDs. By the fourth year, the jazz program reached international audiences with performances in Hong Kong and the following year in France, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Norway, Spain, England, Germany and Finland. In July 1996, Jazz at Lincoln Center was inducted as the first new constituent of Lincoln Center since The School of American Ballet joined in 1987, laying the groundwork for the building of a performance facility designed specifically for the sound, function and feeling of jazz.


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  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2012-13 Lineup, by Ben Ratliff (The New York Times, March 6, 2012)


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