Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center is part of Lincoln Center in New York City. The organization was founded in 1987 and opened at Time Warner Center in October 2004. Wynton Marsalis is the artistic director and the leader of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Sign outside Jazz at Lincoln Center
AddressBroadway at 60th Street
LocationNew York City
Coordinates40°46′9″N 73°58′59″W / 40.76917°N 73.98306°W / 40.76917; -73.98306
Public transitNew York City Subway: 59th Street–Columbus Circle ("1" train"2" train"A" train"B" train"C" train"D" train trains)
New York City Bus: M7, M10, M11, M20, M66, M104
OwnerLincoln Center for the Performing Arts
CapacityRose Theater: 1,233
The Appel Room: 483
Dizzy's Club: 140[1]

The center hosts performances by the orchestra and by visiting musicians. It is home to the New York City Opera.[2] Many concerts are streamed live on the center's YouTube channel. The center also presents educational programs in its home buildings, online, and in schools throughout the country.

History edit

Peter Jay Sharp arcade

In 1987, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was involved in starting the Classical Jazz concert series, the first series of jazz concerts at Lincoln Center.[3]

In 1996, the Jazz at Lincoln Center organization became a constituent of Lincoln Center next to organizations such as the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. The budget for Jazz at Lincoln Center was $4 million in 1996, compared to $150 million for the Metropolitan Opera.[4] In 2016, its budget was over $50 million.[5] Wynton Marsalis has been artistic director since 1987. Greg Scholl became executive director in 2012.[6]

Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which performs in the Appel Room and the Rose Theater in addition to extensive international tours. Concerts are also broadcast live online. Educational programs are broadcast on the center's YouTube channel. Since 2015, the orchestra's albums have been issued on its own label, Blue Engine Records.[3]

The center distributes jazz curriculums to high schools through its Essentially Ellington program. Professional musicians visit schools through the Let Freedom Swing program. The center runs a Middle School Jazz Academy, a High School Jazz Academy, and a Summer Academy, all in New York City, all of them with free tuition. Every year the orchestra tours and visits schools throughout the U.S.[3] The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival takes place every year at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Rose Hall edit

Rose Theater
Buildings of Lincoln Center

Buildings and structures in Lincoln Center:
Samuel B. and David Rose Building (includes Walter Reade Theater)
Juilliard School
Alice Tully Hall
Vivian Beaumont Theater (includes Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater and Claire Tow Theater)
Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center
David Geffen Hall
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (includes Bruno Walter Auditorium)
Metropolitan Opera House
Josie Robertson Plaza with Revson Fountain
Damrosch Park
David H. Koch Theater
David Rubenstein Atrium
Jazz at Lincoln Center

The performing arts complex, Frederick P. Rose Hall, was designed by Rafael Viñoly and is located on the fifth floor of Deutsche Bank Center (originally Time Warner Center). Rose Hall consists of three venues: Rose Theater, The Appel Room,[7] and Dizzy's Club, named after trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. The Hall also contains the Irene Diamond Education Center with rehearsal and recording rooms.

Hall of Fame edit

The Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame is named for Nesuhi Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records. A 60-person international voting panel, which includes musicians, scholars and educators from 17 countries, is charged to nominate and select "the most definitive artists in the history of jazz for induction into the Hall of Fame".[8]

Inductees have included:[9][10]







  • Art Blakey (1919–1990), drummer, bandleader
  • Lionel Hampton (1908–2002), vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader
  • Clark Terry (1920–2015), flugelhornist, trumpeter





  • Tito Puente (1923–2000), songwriter, bandleader, percussionist, producer
  • Don Redman (1900–1964), clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, bandleader, composer
  • McCoy Tyner (1938–2020), pianist, composer





See also edit

James Moody Jazz Festival, held annually in Newark.

References edit

  1. ^ Venues, jazz.org
  2. ^ "About". New York City Opera. Retrieved 13 July 2023.
  3. ^ a b c Russonello, Giovanni (13 September 2017). "At 30, What Does Jazz at Lincoln Center Mean?". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon (2 July 1996). "Critic's Notebook: Jelly Roll and the Duke Join Wolfgang and Ludwig". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  5. ^ Reich, Howard (3 October 2017). "Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrate 30 years of spreading the music". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Jazz at Lincoln Center Names a New Executive Director - The New York Times".
  7. ^ Lucy Cohen Blatter (26 February 2014). "A Room by Any Other Name". The Wall Street Journal.
  8. ^ Induction process JALC website. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
  9. ^ "Ertegun Hall of Fame". Jazz Academy. Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  10. ^ Mergner, Lee (May 29, 2022). "Jazz at Lincoln Center Celebrates Ertegun Hall of Fame Inductees". JazzTimes. Retrieved July 13, 2023.

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