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  • New Yorkers salute groundbreaking night with glittering eloquence

    Posted on February 28th, 2018 in Review

    New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra amble on to the Barbican’s stage every couple of years and are always greeted by delighted audiences as if they were long-lost relatives bearing gifts. Tuesday’s curtain-raiser to the jazz orchestra’s current residency was a typically graceful blend of swing grooves that ticked over like an immense and perfectly balanced engine, ensemble parts played with languid rigour, and concise improv that both embellishes compositions and cherishes their shapes. The night’s theme was the tightly drilled but expansive 30s big-band jazz of Benny Goodman – the most ecstatically popular western dance phenomenon until the coming of rock’n’roll – which those long-honed JLCO virtues could hardly have fitted better.   Keep reading »

  • Bernstein at 100 @ Barbican Hall, London

    Posted on February 28th, 2018 in Review

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is one of the Barbican’s International Associates, and this concert of music by Leonard Bernstein, whose centenary falls this year, showed exactly why it enjoys the same official standing as the New York Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2018-19 Season

    Posted on February 28th, 2018 in Concerts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center and Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis announce the 2018-19 season of concerts that highlight jazz’s diverse, adaptable, and inclusive nature and reveal both the music’s history and its continuing evolution. The season features 31 unique concert programs comprising over 90 performances in Rose Theater and The Appel Room, more than 350 nights of music in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and an extensive range of education and advocacy programs for all ages. This impressive lineup of programs showcases jazz as essential to the tapestry of American culture and demonstrates its ability to integrate with all art forms.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center announces 15 Finalists for the 2018 Essentially Ellington Competition

    Posted on February 14th, 2018 in Education, News

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the 15 finalist bands that will compete in the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival – one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world – at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 10 – 12, 2018.   Keep reading »

  • Blue Engine Records Announces UNITED WE SWING:  BEST OF THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER GALAS

    Posted on February 10th, 2018 in Music

    Blue Engine Records makes the most memorable performances from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s historic gala concerts available for the first time with the release of United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas. The album—which features some of the 20th century’s biggest musical stars, including Blind Boys of Alabama, Jimmy Buffett, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Lyle Lovett, John Mayer, Audra McDonald, Natalie Merchant, Willie Nelson, Carrie Smith, James Taylor, and Susan Tedeschi, and Derek Trucks— will be available on vinyl, CD, and all download and streaming platforms on March 23, 2018.   Keep reading »

  • For Wynton Marsalis, forgetting the roots of jazz is forgetting the history of race in America

    Posted on January 12th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    JALC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and Marsalis is showing no signs of slowing down. He has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind on the record as well as on issues of race. He won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for his jazz oratorio Blood on the Fields, which deals with slavery, and the content from his 2007 album From the Plantation to the Penitentiary is self-explanatory.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Will Re-Create This Historic Concert 8 Decades Later

    Posted on January 8th, 2018 in Concerts

    Benny Goodman—the “King of Swing”—presented his landmark debut concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938. Now eight decades later, on January 11–13, 2018 in Rose Theater, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) reimagines this historic event under the guidance of music director and JLCO reedman Victor Goines, with special guest clarinetists Anat Cohen, Janelle Reichman, Ken Peplowski, and JLCO multi-instrumentalist Ted Nash.   Keep reading »

  • First annual jazz conference to be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Posted on January 5th, 2018 in News

    Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes have joined forces to co-produce the Jazz Congress, a new annual conference designed to bring together artists, media and industry leaders in the global jazz community to exchange ideas in order to nurture and grow the jazz community and the underlying business and organizations that promote, produce, present, market and support the music.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis accepts ITG Honorary Award

    Posted on December 16th, 2017 in News

    ITG President Cathy Leach presented Wynton Marsalis with the ITG Honorary Award December 16, 2017, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, just prior to Marsalis’s 8 pm concert.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra to Make Its International Debut at London’s The Barbican

    Posted on December 13th, 2017 in Concerts

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra (JLYCO) makes its international debut at the Barbican in London, England on February 27- March 1, 2018. As part of the bi-annual Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis residency at the Barbican, 22 NYC-area high school jazz musicians will spend a week abroad for a music and cultural exchange with public performances, workshops, and jam sessions.   Keep reading »