Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces 2011-12 Season

Jazz at Lincoln Center and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis announce the programming for the 2011-12 season – the organization’s 25th season and eighth in its home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. In this new season of concerts, education events, touring, and a diverse line-up of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates milestones in jazz: the 50th anniversary of Impulse Records, birthdays of living legends Jimmy Heath, Jon Hendricks, Wynton Marsalis; and the music of Cachao, Nat King Cole, Jelly Roll Morton, Astor Piazzolla, and Frank Sinatra.

The 2011-12 season also ushers in the new Blues series in The Allen Room featuring Taj Mahal and guest artists.

“This season we’re looking forward to expanding the circle of feeling and the tradition of warmth, participation and the excitement that has come to define the House of Swing,” said Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

“It’s an honor to start the season with legendary jazz musicians like Jimmy Heath and Jon Hendricks, as well as Wayne Shorter, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock and others joining us throughout the year, “ said Adrian Ellis, Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. “We continue to expand our offerings through the roots of jazz and are thrilled to have Taj Mahal curate a new blues series. As always our mission is to entertain and expand audiences for the art form of jazz – and this season definitely has something for everyone.”

Highlights of the 2011-12 season include:

  • OPENING NIGHT: An Evening with Jimmy Heath and Jon Hendricks.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra concerts include The Music of Cachao, Stan Kenton Centennial with guests Bill Holman and Lee Konitz, new arrangements of Big Band Hits and new works by JLCO members Chris Crenshaw, Sherman Irby, and Wynton Marsalis.
  • New Blues Series in The Allen Room featuring Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland, John Hammond, John Mayall.
  • Wynton Marsalis at 50 features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing a retrospective of big band music by Marsalis.
  • Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter Quartet lead concerts in Rose Theater.
  • Catherine Russell, Luciana Souza, Nikki Yanofsky lead concerts in The Allen Room.
  • Impulse Records at 50 anniversary concert features Eric Reed Ensemble, and Reggie Workman’s AALP performs selections from John Coltrane’s Africa Brass sessions.
  • New Orleans Celebration includes Music of Jelly Roll Morton performed by Marcus Roberts and New Orleans Piano Kings featuring Jon Batiste, Henry Butler, Ellis Marsalis.
  • Music of Astor Piazzolla performed by Paquito d’Rivera, Anthony Madruga and Pipi Piazzolla. Music of Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole performed by Monty Alexander. Music of The Tenor Masters featuring Joe Lovano, Benny Golson and Bennie Maupin.
  • Jazz Meets Flamenco with Doug Wamble and Nino Josele.
  • New Holiday Revue features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and vocalist Kim Burrell performing new arrangements of holiday classics.
  • Jazz & Popular Song series, curated by Michael Feinstein, returns to The Allen Room.
  • Season guest performers include Toshiko Akiyoshi, Monty Alexander, Pablo Aslan, Nailor “Proveta” Azevedo, Jon Batiste, Brian Blade, Kim Burrell, Henry Butler, Shemekia Copeland, Stanley Cowell, Paquito D’Rivera, James De Frances, Michael Feinstein, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, Benny Golson, John Hammond, Herbie Hancock, Allan Harris, Bill Holman, Nino Josele, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Anthony Madruga, Gregoire Maret, Ellis Marsalis, Bennie Maupin, John Mayall, Cecile McLorin Salvant, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Pipi Piazzolla, Eric Reed, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Catherine Russell, Marvin Sewell, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Luciana Souza, Charles Tolliver, Doug Wamble, Cassandra Wilson, Matt Wilson, Reggie Workman, Nikki Yanofsky.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra tours U.S. with Wynton Marsalis at 50 repertoire and works drawing on the history of jazz.
  • Jazz For Young People®concerts: What Is Improvisation? hosted by Matt Wilson, What Is New Orleans Jazz? hosted by Alvin Atkinson, Who Is Duke Ellington? hosted by Wynton Marsalis. JFYP concerts include expanded pre-concert activities for families.
  • 17th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in May.
  • Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola features guest artists nightly, After Hours sets, discounted student rates, special Monday night programming and new festivals: Generations In Jazz Festival in September, Drums Across The World in January-February, Sing Into Spring Festival in April-May.
  • Swing University classes led by Phil Schaap, Ed Berger, Connie Crothers, Bill Easley, Mercedes Ellington, Vincent Gardner, Larry Ridley, Terry Waldo, Ben Young.
  • 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 Dr. Lori Custodero, Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • For the 2011-12 season chronology, click here.


Beginning today, subscriptions will be available for renewal for all Rose Theater and The Allen Room packages (subscription packages offer a 10-15% discount on all single ticket prices). To ensure retention of their same seats, current subscribers may renew today through April 8. New subscriptions may be purchased beginning April 4.

Flex Fridays offers subscribers the flexibility and freedom to choose any Friday evening performance in Rose Theater or any Friday 9:30pm performance inThe Allen Room (Flex Fridays offer a 10% discount on single ticket prices in Rose Theater).

Pick Four package: Subscribers choose four concerts from a select list at a 10% discount. Unlike Flex Fridays, choices are not limited to Friday night performances, and provide the subscriber an option for Thursday and Saturday evening performances as well as the flexibility to customize a package. Go to for more information.
To order a subscription beginning April 4 or to request information, please call the Subscription Services hotline at 212-258-9999 or e-mail [email protected], or visit

The Hang Set is a subscription series for under-40 social urbanites that offers a three-concert package at one great price. Featuring pre-concert parties with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, discounts to shops and restaurants, backstage events, artist meet-and-greets, and concert tickets, the Hang Set is an excellent opportunity for culturally-savvy young professionals to mingle and hear great music. For more details on how to become a Hang Set member, please visit

For more information on 11-12 season subscriptions, go to

Membership Discount
Jazz at Lincoln CenterMembers (donors of $50 or more) get 50% off tickets to JALC produced shows in Rose Theater and The Allen Room if the tickets are purchased the day of the show at the JALC Box Office. Members must show their membership card to receive this discount. Limit two tickets for individual donors and four tickets for family members. Subject to availability.

Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $10, $30, $50, $75, $95 or $120 dependent upon seating section.
Jazz for Young People® tickets in Rose Theater are $12, $20, $28.

Note: Hot Seats, $10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz For Young People concerts), are available for purchase to the general public on the Wednesday of each performance week. Subject to availability. Hot Seats are available only by walk up at the Box Office, maximum of four per person.

Ticket prices for The Allen Room are $65 for the 7:30pm sets and $55 for the 9:30pm sets.
Ticket prices for Jazz & Popular Song shows are $75, $95, $120.

*Please note that a $2.00 Jazz at Lincoln Center Facility Fee applies to ALL ticket purchases, with the exception of $10 Hot Seats. A $6 handling fee also applies when purchasing tickets from CenterCharge or from

Swing University classes are $125 -$250.

Essentially Ellington Final Concert tickets in Avery Fisher Hall are $20 and $25.

All single tickets for The Allen Room, Irene Diamond Education Center and Rose Theater can be purchased through or CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10am to 9pm. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. Box Office hours: Monday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain) and Sunday from noon to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain).

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, one of the three main performance venues located in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, produces world-class jazz performances nig htly and welcomes locals and visitors alike to enjoy the city’s best music, food and libations. The intimate 140-seat jazz club is set against a glittering backdrop with spectacular views of Central Park. There are student rates and special Monday Night Presentations. Tony Bennett calls Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola “the best jazz room in the city.” Reservations: 212-258-9595 and
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Single tickets go on sale August 15.

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners: Brooks Brothers, Bloomberg, Centric, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, HSBC, MasterCard, Related, SiriusXM.

MasterCard is the preferred card of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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  1. Hi Wynton,

    This is a great lineup!

    Simon Estes and Bix Beiderbecke are both from Davenport, IA.
    Do you see anyway you and Mr. Estes, who is currently at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA might be able to collaborate on a project in Waterloo, IA? The facilities of KBBG-FM 88.1 could definitely be used to promote any such event. Just sayin’!

    Beverly Joy Douglas on Mar 4th, 2011 at 1:52pm