Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces 2012-13 Season

New York, NY (March 6, 2012) Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new season offering festivals, concerts, education events, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra touring, and a diverse line-up of guest artists (Click here for complete JALC 2012-13 Concert Season Chronology).
The 2012-13 season reflects on jazz music’s legendary artists and celebrates the musicians performing today. For the first time, six brand new festivals – John Coltrane Festival, Duke Ellington Festival, Chick Corea Festival, Birth of the Cool Festival, The Best of Blue Note Festival, and Dizzy & Bird Festival – will feature several simultaneous performances in Rose Theater, The Allen Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the main performance spaces at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The 2012-13 season also includes concerts honoring Toots Thielemans: Celebrating 90 Years, Joe Henderson’s 75th Birthday, and Eddie Palmieri – A Career Retrospective. Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer-winning Blood on the Fields will be performed in its entirety for the first time in New York since its premiere in 1994.

For the first time, Jazz at Lincoln Center will celebrate the New Year with Ring in the Swing: A New Year’s Eve Dance Party in The Allen Room.

“Twenty five years ago, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was founded to perform the continuum of jazz at the highest level,” said Marsalis. “Since the orchestra and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s inception, we have strived to joyously perform and produce music, to educate, and to get people gathered around it. On our 25th anniversary season, we continue to be dedicated to the substance of our culture through our art.”

Highlights of the 2012-13 season include:

  • OPENING NIGHT: Bobby McFerrin: My Audio Biography with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featured in The Genius of Coltrane with Joshua Redman, Big Band Holidays with René Marie and Gregory Porter, The Best of Blue Note with Roy Hargrove and JD Allen and The Music of Gerry Mulligan and John Lewis, Blood on the Fields, and Celebrating Duke Ellington.
  • Blood on the Fields, Wynton Marsalis’ epic jazz oratorio on slavery and freedom, performed by the JLCO, in Rose Theater.
  • NEW: Ring in the Swing: A New Year’s Eve Dance Party featuring The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra in The Allen Room.
  • John Coltrane Festival includes JLCO and Joshua Redman in Rose Theater; McCoy Tyner in The Allen Room; Coltrane Celebration featuring Azar Lawrence, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, and more in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola; and Jazz For Young People® “Who is John Coltrane?”
  • Duke Ellington Festival includes JLCO in Rose Theater, Michael Feinstein in The Allen Room, Small Band Ellington in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and the 18th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival features six new Ellington charts.
  • Chick Corea Festival features Corea with the JLCO in Rose Theater, and Friends of Chick Corea in The Allen Roomand in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola featuring artists handpicked by Corea to re-interpret his favorite tunes.
  • Birth of the Cool Festival includes JLCO performing The Music of Gerry Mulligan & John Lewis with Jonathan Batiste in Rose Theater, Bill Charlap with Mary Stallings, Bucky Pizzarelli and morein The Allen Room and Music of John Lewis & The MJQ featuring Aaron Diehl, Warren Wolf, and more in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
  • Dizzy & Bird Festival includes Jon Faddis in Rose Theater, Paquito D’Rivera in The Allen Room, and Bird, Bebop, and Beyond featuring Charles McPherson & Friends in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
  • Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola highlights include the Third Annual Generations in Jazz Festivalin Fall 2012. Special programming in the club compliments season festivals.
    Education programming continues and expands:
    NEW: Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra. Audition details to be announced this Spring.
    Return of Middle School Jazz Academy with free showcase concerts on Saturday mornings (click here for more information)
    Jazz For Young People On Tour details to be announced.
    Swing University welcomes JLCO band member Vincent Gardner leading Jazz 101 for the first time, course instructors also include Ed Berger, Connie Crothers, Boo Frasier, Edwina Handy DeCosta, Vincent Pelote, Larry Ridley, Phil Schapp, Ben Young, and Terry Waldo.
    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.
  • The Best of Blue Note Festival includes JLCO with Roy Hargrove and JD Allen in Rose Theater, Joe Henderson’s 75th Birthday featuring Renee Rosnes with Bobby Hutcherson, Chris Potter, Michael Dease, Robert Hurst, Lewis Nash,and more in The Allen Room and Blue Note In the Groove nights in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
  • Bad Plus and Bill Frisell collaborate for the first time in NYC and make JALC debut in The Allen Room.
  • Marsalis’ Swing Symphony performed by the JLCO and the NY Philharmonic at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
  • Bill Charlap, Chick Corea, Jon Faddis, Victor Goines, Branford Marsalis,and Marcus Roberts lead concerts in Rose Theater.
  • James Cotton “Superharp” Band, Paquito D’Rivera, Kurt Elling, Michael Feinstein, Joe Lovano, Brad Mehldau, Kim Nalley, Madeleine Peyroux, McCoy Tyner, Alvin Youngblood Hart lead concerts in The Allen Room.
  • Concerts honor Toots Thielemans: Celebrating 90 Years in Rose Theater, Joe Henderson’s 75th Birthday and Eddie Palmieri: A Career Retrospective in The Allen Room.
  • The Music of Nina Simone performed by Kim Nalley, and Kings of the Crescent City led byVictor Goines.
  • Branford Marsalis leads his Quartet in Rose Theater with an opening set featuring Ali Jackson.
  • Jazz and Popular Song concerts continue in The Allen Room with new shows hosted by Michael Feinstein: Elegant Ellington, A Tribute to Bobby Short,and Swinging with the Big Bands.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra tours U.S. and Europe including a performance at BT River of Music prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
  • Jazz For Young People®family concerts: Who is John Coltrane? with the JLCO and What is Latin Jazz? hosted by Arturo O’Farrill.

Click here for complete JALC 2012-13 Concert Season Chronology


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 13. New subscriptions may be purchased beginning April 9.

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).

The 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.

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, 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

Becoming a Subscriber is the best way to lock in the best seats at the guaranteed best prices for the entire season, as single ticket prices may change at a later date due to increased demand.

To order a subscription beginning April 9 or to request information, please call the Subscription Services hotline at 212-258-9999, e-mail [email protected], or visit

For more information on 2012-13 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 on the day of the event 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, except where noted below: – Matinee ticket prices in Rose Theater are $30, $50, $70, $80, $95 – Jazz for Young People® tickets in Rose Theater are $12, $20, $28

- Ticket prices for The Allen Room are $65 for the 7:30pm sets and $10 or $55 for the 9:30pm sets. – Ticket prices for Jazz & Popular Song shows are $55, $75, $95.

Note: Hot Seats, $10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select 9:30pm performances in The Allen Room (excluding Jazz & Popular Song concerts), are available for purchase to the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Subject to availability. Available only for select Allen Room shows; please call 212-258-9800 for available Hot Seats performance dates.
Hot Seats are available only by walk up at the Box Office. Maximum of four tickets per person in Rose Theater; maximum of two tickets per person in The Allen Room.

*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 $7 handling fee also applies when purchasing tickets from CenterCharge or a $6 handling fee applies when purchasing tickets via

-Swing University classes are $125 -$250.

-Essentially Ellington Final Concert tickets in Rose Theater are $20 and $25.

All single tickets for The Allen Room and Rose Theater can be purchased through 24 hours a day 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 nightly 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 or 212-258-9795 and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
Single tickets go on sale July 30.

MasterCard cardholders receive special benefits throughout Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new season, including a pre-sale purchase opportunity of concert tickets from July 23-July 29, 2012; access to a prime MasterCard cardholder-only table at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola; and automatic upgrades of membership benefits when purchasing with a MasterCard card.

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. Is Wynton planning to do any more concerts similar to those with Willie Nelson and Eric Clapton? If so, with whom and when? We would like to be able to buy tickets to such a concert

    Carol Ben Smith on Mar 14th, 2012 at 4:03pm