New book: The First 25 Years Of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) celebrates a milestone 25th anniversary with the launch of In the Spirit of Swing: The First 25 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center (Chronicle Books), a limited edition keepsake book available for purchase on Amazon.com beginning on November 28.
In the Spirit of Swing: The First 25 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center is comprised of hundreds of gorgeous photographs, including rarely seen shots by JALC Senior Staff Photographer Frank Stewart, and historical documents from JALC’s expansive archives. Narrated by Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and with contributions from Albert Murray, Jimmy Heath, Dianne Reeves, Stanley Crouch and past and present members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, In the Spirit of Swing: The First 25 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center illustrates the organization’s rich history.
Photo highlights include the first incarnation of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra,formed 25 years ago and featuring members of Marsalis’ young septet and the surviving members of the Duke Ellington Big Band; musicians and actors, including Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Tony Bennett, Al Roker, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Laurence Fishburne, Robin Williams, Toni Morrison, Liza Minelli, Diana Ross, BB King and Eric Clapton, who have performed on JALC’s stages; supporters including Hillary R. Clinton, Ed Bradley, Ahmet Ertegun, Emilio Sosa; the construction of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home on Columbus Circle; and the children around the world who have been touched by the organization’s education initiatives.
From its first downbeat as a summer concert series at Lincoln Center in 1987, to the fully orchestrated achievement of opening the world’s first venue designed specifically for jazz in 2004, Jazz at Lincoln Center has celebrated this music and these landmarks with an ever-growing audience of jazz fans around the world. In the Spirit of Swing is a gorgeous book and illuminating revelation of how a group of committed citizens championed jazz as a cause and inspired a movement.
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