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  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Launches Blue Engine Records

    Posted on June 30th, 2015 in Music | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center, dedicated to entertaining, enriching and expanding a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy, today announced the formation of Blue Engine Records, a new platform to make its vast archive of recorded concerts available to jazz audiences everywhere. The label will release new studio and live recordings as well as archival recordings from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performance history, which date back to 1987 and are part of the R. Theodore Ammon Archives and Music Library.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center and Sony Music Team Up for Blue Engine Records

    Posted on June 29th, 2015 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center has shelves upon shelves of recordings from concerts it has presented since its founding in 1987, including a studio recording featuring the pianist Chick Corea, a musical Mass with a gospel choir written for the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York and concerts with the saxophonists Sherman Irby and Ted Nash.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis awarded 2015 Marian Anderson Award

    Posted on June 16th, 2015 in News | 3

    Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Wynton Marsalis, the jazz and classical musician, composer, and arts advocate, is the recipient of the 2015 Marian Anderson Award.   Keep reading »

  • In ‘Bessie’ the Empress of the Blues Finds New Audience on HBO

    Posted on May 19th, 2015 in Profiles & Interviews | 4

    In the opening minutes of ‘Bessie,’ the HBO biopic about blues legend Bessie Smith premiering Saturday, May 16th, the titular character absorbs the warmth of a single spotlight with an air of faint applause surrounding her. Draped in the glamour of the roaring 20s and with a life far from her Chattanooga roots, Bessie never seems to escape the pain of an ever haunted past and like any artist of her time she channels that struggle in brilliant performance.   Keep reading »

  • Wayne Shorter Goes Solo With the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Posted on May 15th, 2015 in Review | 3

    When the saxophonist Wayne Shorter has come through town over the past 15 years or so, he has generally been with his quartet, a group that plays soul-drilling, gonzo-Zen interventions on about 50 years’ worth of his music. There is much open space in these performances, much insight and mystery, a settling into a zone between direction and indirection. Apart from Mr. Shorter’s stature as a small-group composer in jazz — the best, pretty much — the alert and unscripted way the quartet operates has for many listeners represented a current ideal for how jazz works and what it can contain: immediacy, collectivity, discipline, freedom.   Keep reading »

  • Full video report: Essentially Ellington Competition 2015

    Posted on May 10th, 2015 in Video | 0

    Duke Ellington’s music is at the very heart of America’s 20th-century musical heritage and the core of the rich canon of jazz music. Jazz at Lincoln Center, committed to instilling a broader understanding of this music, created the Essentially Ellington program (EE) during the 1995–96 school year to make Ellington’s music accessible to as many high school musicians as possible and to support the development of their schools’ music programs.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces WInners of The 20th Anniversary Essentially Ellington 2015

    Posted on May 9th, 2015 in News | 2

    JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND COMPETITION & FESTIVAL WINNING BANDS First Place: American Music Program, Portland, OR Second Place: Tucson Jazz Institute, Tucson, AZ Third Place: Lexington High School, Lexington, MA Honorable Mention: Dillard Center for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL   Keep reading »

  • 2015 Annual Gala: “The World of Duke Ellington”

    Posted on April 22nd, 2015 in | 0

    New York, NY – April 22, 2015 – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2015 Gala, entitled “The World of Duke Ellington,” will celebrate the indomitable spirit of swing and legacy of Duke Ellington, the most influential figure in American music. This special one-night benefit concert will take place on April 29, 2015 – on the 116th anniversary of Ellington’s birth – at 7pm at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the “House of Swing,” located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.   Keep reading »

  • 48 HOURS: THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY has been honored with the Christopher Award

    Posted on April 17th, 2015 in News | 2

    Hosted by Wynton Marsalis, this poignant, feature length documentary is about the transformative power of music. It goes behind the scenes with three dedicated New Orleans marching band directors working to prepare students to march in Mardi Gras parades.  But they accomplish much more as their students experience significant personal growth from being required to exhibit camaraderie, discipline, and endurance.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis, Xu Bing among new Professors-at-Large

    Posted on April 8th, 2015 in News | 0

    Jazz trumpeter, composer and educator Wynton Marsalis will make extended visits to Cornell to interact with students and faculty and present programming on campus as an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large.   Keep reading »