Jazz at Lincoln Center announces 2010-11 season

New York, NY (February 23, 2010), Jazz at Lincoln Center and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis announces the 2010-11 season programming featuring concerts, education events, broadcasts, touring and a diverse line-up of guest artists (see attached chronology). This season – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 24th season of programming and seventh season in its home, Frederick P. Rose Hall – the organization announces two new series: the Visionary Voices series featuring Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves and Sweet Honey In The Rock and the Jazz & Popular Song series, curated by Michael Feinstein.

Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director at Jazz at Lincoln Center, said, “This season embodies what we call ‘total jazz.’ The programming takes us through the continuum of American jazz to what is being played around the world today. From the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing music of the Jazz Age, to Terence Blanchard and Branford Marsalis demonstrating modern New Orleans development, to the spicy Afro polyrhythm of Cuba, to the sultry soulfulness of the great Nancy Wilson and our perennial favorite Dianne Reeves. There’s a concert here for everyone. We are also excited about special first-time collaborations with legends Chick Corea and Chucho Valdes. We will be uplifting people’s spirits and creating community year round in the House of Swing. Join us!”

“This musically rich season truly features jazz programming for everyone,” said Lisa Schiff, Chairman of Jazz at Lincoln Center. “Through performances, education events and exhibits, the organization offers a window on some of history’s most influential jazz artists as well as the finest musicians playing today.”

Adrian Ellis, Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, said, “I’m proud of how this season celebrates the jazz tradition. The breadth and depth of this timeless music – played and sung by some of the most compelling artists, and some gospel, blues and standards – are wrapped around this season.”

Highlights of the 2010-11 season include:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concerts include band’s first-ever collaborations with Chick Corea and Ute Lemper. Throughout the season, the world-renowned resident orchestra plays the music of Kurt Weill, Billy Strayhorn and the Jazz Age.
  • New Visionary Voices series in Rose Theater features Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves and Sweet Honey In The Rock.
  • New Jazz & Popular Song series, curated by Michael Feinstein, director, in The Allen Room.
  • Nancy Wilson graces The Allen Room.
  • Double bills featuring Terence Blanchard and Branford Marsalis; and Ahmad Jamal and Lee Konitz.
  • Concerts feature the music of Sarah Vaughan, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell and Earl Hines and Wynton Marsalis.
  • Featured artists include: Harry Allen, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Terence Blanchard, Bill Charlap, Vincent Gardner, Kenny Garrett, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Roy Haynes, Carlos Henriquez, Dave Holland, Ahmad Jamal, José James, Lee Konitz, Ute Lemper, Taj Mahal, Branford Marsalis, Claire Martin, Charles McPherson, Jane Monheit, Lewis Nash, Rosa Passos, Jeremy Pelt, Ken Peplowski, Danilo Perez, Eric Reed, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Diane Schuur, Mary Stallings, Lew Tabackin, Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers, Warren Wolf.
  • Jazz Age Festival features Bill Charlap and special guests; the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs music in collaboration with Ken Burns’ new documentary“Prohibition.” Special appearance by Ken Burns.
  • 2010 Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame Inductees: Bill Evans, Bud Powell, Billy Strayhorn, Sarah Vaughan honored in concerts and events.
  • 18th season of nationally syndicated “Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio,” hosted by Wendell Pierce and distributed by WFMT Networks.
  • CD recordings from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and historic Jazz at Lincoln Center performances to be announced.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra tours U.S., Mexico and Europe; second year of residency at the Barbican Centre in London.
  • The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad tours worldwide and visits over forty countries. For more information, visit
  • Holiday concert: Red Hot Holiday Stomp featuring Wycliffe Gordon.
  • Jazz for Young People® concerts: What is Jazz, Who is Louis Armstrong, What is the Big Band Era?
  • Middle School Jazz Academy showcases.
  • 16th annual Essentially Ellington program features music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
  • Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola features guest artists nightly, After Hours sets, discounted student rates, special Monday night programming and engagements to complement season festivals.
  • Swing University classes led by Connie Crothers, Boo Frazier, Vincent Gardner, Lewis Nash, Larry Ridley, Phil Schaap, Ben Young. Subscription and single tickets available.
  • WeBop® classes for 8 month – 5 year olds and a caregiver continue at Frederick P. Rose Hall and at Head Start in Washington Heights in collaboration with Lori Custodero, Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • 12th Annual Band Director Academy sessions, the Essentials of Teaching Jazz, with top faculty at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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  1. My daughter Julia Keefe is a student of vocal jazz performance at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Last spring we had a chance to visit the really excellent exhibit at the Neshui Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, and Julia was wondering about the process by which inductees are selected for inclusion in the Jazz Hall of Fame. I promised to check with you folks and get back with her. Any advice?

    Thanks. TK

    Tom Keefe on Jan 14th, 2011 at 12:25pm