Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2018-19 Season

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. 

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) anchors the 31st season with performances including the annual Monk Festival (October 25-27), a salute to Miles Davis (November 8-10), with special guests McCoy Tyner and Charles McPherson (April 5-6) and Joey DeFrancesco (May 17-18), as well as a first-ever collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania conducted by Cristian Măcelaru (January 11-12). The season concludes with a multimedia concert event in partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (June 7-8).

The complete 2018-19 season chronology is available online: Highlights of the season include:

  • An exploration of early American music, connecting jazz, bluegrass and folk in
    American Roots: Mark O’Connor & Friends (October 5-6), with special guests Alvin Youngblood Hart and Lizz Wright;
  • American music icon Marty Stuart’s Jazz at Lincoln Center debut in Steve Miller with Marty Stuart: Music from Appalachia (December 7-8), exploring classic Appalachian blues and bluegrass styles;
  • Dance and jazz as an act of storytelling in Life of a Legend: Carmen de Lavallade (January 24-25), celebrating the living legend and 2017 Kennedy Center Honors recipient;
  • Wadada Leo Smith: America’s National Parks (January 26) in a multimedia concert experience with visual projections of natural and cultural national parks;
  • A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration: 50 Years and Counting (February 7-9), celebrating the milestone anniversary of the quintessential American children’s institution that brought Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams, and others into homes across the country;
  • Kurt Elling’s The Big Blind: A Jazz Radio Drama (March 1-2), a one-of-a-kind “radio-style jazz thriller” written for an all-star cast including NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, renowned theater and screen actor Clarke Peters (The Wire, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”), and a Tony Award-winning special guest to be announced, accompanied by a swinging big band;
  • The world’s longest-running jazz festival comes to New York City to kick off its 60th anniversary tour in Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour Starring Cécile McLorin Salvant (March 15-16), also featuring Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Jamison Ross, Yasushi Nakamura, and Christian Sands;
  • In Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns: Country Music (April 25-27), iconic documentarian Ken Burns shares never-before-seen clips of his upcoming Country Music series. The films showcase the intertwined histories of songs made famous by Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Stephen Foster, and more. 

“Jazz at Lincoln Center believes that jazz contains immeasurable value, both tangible and intangible,” says Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. “We challenge our audiences to think and to feel, to discover that jazz is not only an inextricable part of our nation’s identity with a rich and significant history, but also an exciting and vibrant modern music with special resonance and relevance in current times. We’re presenting jazz, its diversity and unifying projects without sacrificing any authenticity. These musicians on the season are the real deal, experts and scholars of their craft, with living legends and the next generation of talent sharing the stage, experience, and generational knowledge across artistic mediums and traditions. We will showcase the longstanding connection between jazz and dance with Lil Buck, Jared Grimes, Damian Woetzel, and Carmen de Lavallade. We will explore the connections between jazz and country, folk, and bluegrass music with American icon Mark O’Connor, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller, award-winning documentarian Ken Burns and special guests. The illustrious Diane Schuur, who worked with leaders of previous generations like Ray Charles and Stan Getz, will be accompanied by the Riley Mulherkar Big Band – a leader of the next generation – playing the authentic, original parts she performed with the Count Basie Orchestra. Joey Alexander and Cécile McLorin Salvant, who both grew up on our stages, will return – Alexander in his first-ever Jazz at Lincoln Center performance with a string section and Salvant with the Monterey Jazz Festival on tour. From country music to jazz, folk to gospel, bluegrass to old country blues, visual art to stagecraft, dance to Broadway, there’s a deep commonality in the all-too-often segregated genres of music and art forms and we are bringing that together. This season is an invitation for people of all experiences and artistic preferences to discover what this life-changing music has to offer. We invite you to join us in the House of Swing!”

“Pulling together such a diverse range of artists and programs for our 31st season has been inspiring,” says Jason Olaine, Director of Programming and Touring at Jazz at Lincoln Center. “Frederick P. Rose Hall will take many forms this season – from a concert hall to dance stage, from a multimedia documentary premiere screening room to an art gallery to hosting a theatrical radio drama. And all the music will be swinging – from the Count and the Duke to Monk; from the sounds of Appalachia, gospel, blues and bluegrass, to original works by Wynton Marsalis and JLCO members. The 2018-19 season truly exemplifies how jazz communicates across the arts - it's a living, breathing art form with a rich history that continues to evolve and influence life around it.”

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2018-19 season opens on September 13, 2018 with the return of the critically acclaimed Spaces. Alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, tap dancer Jared Grimes and jooker Lil Buck reprise the roles they originated in 2016. Composed by Marsalis, Spaces is choreographed and directed by Damian Woetzel, The Juilliard School president and retired New York City Ballet principal dancer. Following the three-night run in Rose Theater, Spaces will tour to concert halls and auditoriums on the West Coast of the United States.

In September and October 2018, performances highlight the diverse range of American music. For two nights, Ella Sang the Blues with Brianna Thomas (September 14-15) explores a lesser-known side of the “First Lady of Song,” followed by a study of jazz, bluegrass, and folk with American Roots: Mark O’Connor & Friends (October 5-6)  featuring special guests Grammy Award-winning musician Alvin Youngblood Hart and Lizz Wright. After selling out The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on multiple occasions, Joey Alexander returns to Rose Theater with Joey Alexander with Strings (October 19-20) to perform original compositions and jazz standards in solo, duo, and trio settings, as well as with a string section, conducted by Grammy Award winner Richard DeRosa. Frederick P. Rose Hall then fills with the sounds of Thelonious Monk during the third annual Monk Festival, with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Plays Monk (October 25-27) in Rose Theater and Monk’s Dream (October 26-27) in The Appel Room. The latter marks recent Juilliard graduate and bassist Russell Hall’s headlining debut in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room and features young, upcoming artists,  including the vibraphonist Joel Ross, Thelonious Monk Award-winning vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, and tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman with jazz masters Barry Harris and Jeff “Tain” Watts.

Past and present co-exist in the halls of Jazz at Lincoln Center in November 2018. Diane Schuur Sings Basie (November 2-3) features the American jazz singer and pianist accompanied by the Riley Mulherkar Big Band – this performance exemplifies multi-generational mentorship and creative exchange. The season’s first Jazz for Young People concerts takes place in November, celebrating American jazz singer Joe Williams (November 3). In Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Plays Miles Davis (November 8-10) explores Miles Davis’ groundbreaking music from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, a period unparalleled in its stylistic range, impact, and enduring popularity. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s bassist Carlos Henriquez takes center stage with his new venture, The Carlos Henriquez Project (November 16-17) in The Appel Room.

Renowned blues-rock guitarist and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller with Marty Stuart: Music from Appalachia (December 7-8) kicks off performances in December 2018, continuing Miller’s ongoing exploration of the blues, this time digging into classic Appalachian blues and bluegrass styles. The following weekend, NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd celebrates his 80th birthday with Charles Lloyd & The Marvels: 80th Birthday Celebration featuring Bill Frisell and special guest Lucinda Williams (December 14-15). The Marvels, featuring Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Greg Leisz, and Bill Frisell, are also joined by Grammy award-winning rock, folk, blues, and country music star Lucinda Williams. The program includes Lloyd classics, new originals, and transformative versions of American roots music, gospel, rock, pop, and more.  Nat King Cole at 100 with Sachal Vasandani (December 14-15) marks the vocalist’s headlining Appel Room debut, as he shares the spotlight with some of the best instrumentalists in the business, including trumpeter Terell Stafford and bassist John Clayton.

December also marks the return of the Grammy Award-winning holiday extravaganza Big Band Holidays (December 19-23) in Rose Theater, featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Having performed on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s many stages including Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, Vuyo Sotashe and Veronica Swift join the Big Band Holidays program for the first time as featured vocalists. For the third consecutive year, Jazz at Lincoln Center also brings back a Relaxed Performance during the holiday run.  The Relaxed Performance is designed to provide families with children or adults with autism, learning difficulties, or other sensory and communication needs the opportunity to enjoy Jazz at Lincoln Center performances in a more comfortable environment.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis starts the new year with a first-ever performance with the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania conducted by Cristian Măcelaru (January 11-12), showcasing the JLCO’s longstanding tradition of collaborating with orchestras from all over the world. The program includes their collaboration on Wynton Marsalis’ newly completed “The Jungle.” The Appel Room also stages two extraordinarily unique performances in January 2019 – Life of a Legend: Carmen de Lavallade (January 24-25) and Wadada Leo Smith: America’s National Parks (January 26). For this exclusive world premiere, artists take The Appel Room stage to pay tribute to de Lavallade, recipient of the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime contributions to American culture. Her portrayal of Billie Holiday in “Portrait of Billie” is said to have brought Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to tears. Then, for one night, Wadada Leo Smith presents the New York debut of America’s National Parks. This performance is a multimedia concert experience, marrying live improvised music with real-time footage of the performance and visual projections of historic imagery of natural national parks, such as Yellowstone and Yosemite, and subjects of historical and cultural significance such as “New Orleans: The National Cultural Park USA 1718,” and “Eileen Jackson Southern, 1920-2002: A Literary National Park.”

February 2019 brings A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration: 50 Years and Counting (February 7-9), a special event honoring the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, one of the most groundbreaking and longest-running shows on American television. The House of Swing welcomes the residents of Sesame Street for a three-night engagement, presented in collaboration with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind the television show. It’s impossible to imagine Sesame Street without its music; throughout the show’s history, it introduced children around the world to top jazz musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, and Mary Lou Williams. JLCO trumpeter Kenny Rampton is a longtime member of Sesame’s house band, and Wynton Marsalis played “C Jam Blues” with the Duck Ellington Orchestra and “No Matter What Your Language (Our Music Can Be The Same)” with Hoots the Owl in 1991. There is no better way to celebrate this landmark anniversary than with the beloved Sesame Street characters singing classic songs with the world’s greatest big band.

Also in February, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s perennial favorite Valentine’s tradition returns for its eighth year. Dianne Reeves (February 15-16), 2018 NEA Jazz Master and five-time GRAMMY Award winner, fills Rose Theater with songs of love and romance. The following weekend, Kenny Barron, Gonzalo Rubacalba, Gerald Clayton, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Benny Green, and many others take The Appel Room stage for To Oscar Peterson with Love (February 22-23), paying tribute to piano virtuoso Oscar Peterson and his great works. The evening is hosted by his daughter Céline Peterson.

Programming in the spring highlights the evolution of jazz throughout American history. In March 2019, Rose Theater hosts the world premiere of Kurt Elling’s “The Big Blind:” A Jazz Radio Drama (March 1-2). Later in the month, the world’s longest-running jazz festival comes to the intimate Appel Room  to kick off the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 60th Anniversary Tour starring Cécile McLorin Salvant (March 15-16). In addition to Salvant, the show features today’s most remarkable young jazz talents – pianist and music director Christian Sands; trumpeter Bria Skonberg; saxophonist Melissa Aldana; drummer and vocalist Jamison Ross; and bassist Yasushi Nakamura.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2018-19 season continues its three-part salute to Miles Davis, one of the most influential and acclaimed figures in music, in March. Trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra alumnus Sean Jones hosts Family Concert: Who is Miles Davis? (March 23). The following week, bassist Marcus Miller, one of Miles Davis’ crucial collaborators, presents Electric Miles (March 29-30), exploring Davis’ “electric period,” starting from the moment Miles performed on electric piano in 1969 all the way through the end of his career. In addition to faithful arrangements, Miller and his band presents brand new arrangements of Davis’ boundary-defying material.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concerts in April 2019 showcase the virtuosity and versatility of the members of the Orchestra, starting with the celebration of living legends McCoy Tyner and Charles McPherson at 80 (April 5-6). The JLCO plays brand new big band arrangements of Tyner and McPherson’s iconic compositions, with each artist making an appearance with the Orchestra. Later in the month, the JLCO creates original arrangements of songs made famous by Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and others in Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns: Country Music (April 25-27). The concert features never-before-seen clips from iconic documentarian Ken Burns’ upcoming Country Music series. Artists featured in the documentary join the Orchestra as special guests.

The Jazz & Popular Song series also returns in April, now in its ninth consecutive season. Michael Feinstein, known as the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” returns as director, host, performer, and all-around entertainer in this fan-favorite concert series. He leads three concerts in The Appel Room – Caught Between the Moon and New York City” Songs of Peter Allen (April 10-11), Great American Crooners (May 15-16), and Lerner & Loewe Songbook (June 5-6). With a roster of special guest vocalists and the Tedd Firth Big Band, Feinstein’s shows invoke the charm and glamour of great Hollywood and Broadway classics.

The spirit of Duke Ellington fills Frederick P. Rose Hall in May 2019 with the annual Essentially Ellington High School Competition and Festival. In Rose Theater, Wynton Marsalis and veteran bassist Rodney Whitaker lead an all-Ellington showcase in Ellington through the Ages (May 3-4). The band includes 16 of the best young professionals on the scene, many of whom are alumni of the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band program. Two weeks later, Joey DeFrancesco (May 17-18), one of today’s finest B-3 Hammond organ players, joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the first time. DeFrancesco and the JLCO will explore Duke Ellington’s New Orleans Suite. The original recording featured organ only on the gospel-tinged “Blues for New Orleans.” On this special evening, DeFrancesco and JLCO trombonist Vincent Gardner create new arrangements to expand the role of the organ.

The 2018-19 season closes with a celebration of the origins as well as the future of jazz. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis notes that Danny Barker “made us believe in the music.” Barker made it his mission to continue the New Orleans jazz tradition and founded a youth group that has nurtured the next generation of jazz leaders. The group reunites in The Appel Room for a tribute to their mentor in Danny Barker: A New Orleans Life in Jazz (May 31-June 1).  Music director and clarinetist Dr. Michael White, an essential voice in New Orleans jazz, leads a band featuring master trombonist Lucien Barbarin, trumpeters Gregg Stafford and Leroy Jones, and drummers Shannon Powell (AKA the “King of Treme”) and Herlin Riley. Guitarist and banjoist Don Vappie plays the role of “Mr. Barker,” as the musicians still call him. The show also features pianist Sullivan Fortner and bassist/tuba player Philip Norris, and narration by Wendell Pierce of HBO’s Treme and The Wire.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presents Portraits of America: A Jazz Story (June 7-8), presented in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. For two nights only, Rose Theater becomes a musical art gallery, a result of the JLCO exploring American art and creating original compositions inspired by the art. Each work of art is presented in a way that highlights key details connecting it to the live performance. This final program of the season represents just how intricately jazz is tied to the American story, presenting centuries of visual art alongside original musical compositions by one of the best jazz orchestras of our time.

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, one of the three main performance venues of Frederick P. Rose Hall, produces world-class jazz performances nightly, often reflecting and augmenting the programming in Rose Theater and The Appel Room. The Fall 2018 highlights at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola include the return of the popular Generations in Jazz Festival (August 30-September 30) with Ulysses Owens, Jr. THREE and Ulysses Owens, Jr. Big Band (September 20-23) and Louis Hayes (September 28-30). Additional highlights throughout the season include Willie Jones III Quintet (October 4-7), Rodney Whitaker Quintet (October 24-25), Rosa Passos (October 18-21), Myra Melford: Snowy Egret (November 7-8), and the 84th birthday celebration of Ellis Marsalis (November 15-18).

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Education Initiatives continue to reach larger and more diverse audiences in 2018-19. The innovative “Education on the Road” program, led by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, continues to provide workshops, master classes, and other outreach activities as parts of the band’s national and international tours. Jazz Academy Media Library, the organization’s online education portal, houses over 1,000 freely available instructional videos covering a wide range of musical and historical topics. 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Programs enters a 12th year of tuition-free ensembles and classes for high school and middle school-age musicians in the tri-state area. The Youth Programs support instrumental jazz education with sixteen ensembles through weekly sessions of the High School Jazz Academy and the Middle School Jazz Academy’s continued presence in three New York City boroughs: Manhattan (Frederick P. Rose Hall), Brooklyn (Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS), and the Bronx (Lehman College and Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center). The Jazz for Young People® outreach program “Let Freedom Swing” extends to schools and community-based organizations throughout all five boroughs of New York City, as well as Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Mesa, London, Sydney, and Melbourne to present more than 500 concerts throughout the season. The Essentially Ellington program continues to reach band directors and students in more than 4,500 schools and community groups worldwide by distributing more than 36,000 free scores of Duke Ellington and Chick Webb music, as well as other educational resources. Additionally, the program expands its educational reach through a series of 19 regional festivals that enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of the music. The companion Band Director Academy program continues its annual offerings at New York City’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, with a focus on the essentials of teaching jazz, emphasizing hands-on learning and practical techniques.

Additional education programming includes:

  • Summer Jazz Academy with Wynton Marsalis at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, July 15-29, 2018;
  • Licensed WeBop® sites in New York City and national partners in Chicago, Seattle, Orlando, Eau Claire, and Omaha;
  • An increased number of free pre-concert lectures to supplement most Jazz at Lincoln Center-produced events in Rose Theater and The Appel Room;
  • Listening Parties to provide attendees with new depths of insight into major jazz artists’ aesthetics and inspirations;
  • Syncopated Leadership workshops continue to offer a range of leadership training opportunities through jazz performance practice;
  • Visiting Band Workshops encouraging band directors of student ensembles of all ages to bring their performing groups for a customized workshop at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, for an opportunity to work directly with Jazz at Lincoln Center clinicians and artists.

In addition, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s higher education program, Swing University expands its course offerings in 2018-19, building upon its flagship Jazz 101, 201, and 301 classes with specialty courses on the Blues, Jazz-Rock Fusion, Women in Jazz, Jazz Drummers, the music of New Orleans, and more.

The virtuosic Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis tours its expansive repertoire around the world. Their 2018-19 touring season kicks off with a fall West Coast tour of Wynton Marsalis’ critically-acclaimed composition, Spaces, choreographed and directed by Damian Woetzel and performed by Lil Buck and Jared Grimes. A few weeks later, the band heads to the Lied Center of Kansas at University of Kansas for a special three-day residency celebrating the 25thAnniversary of the Lied Center. To mark this special occasion, Wynton and the JLCO will compose and premiere a suite of works honoring 15 KU basketball legends. In December 2018, the JLCO heads to the South for the annual Big Band Holidays Tour with guest vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Veronica Swift, and in February 2019 the band returns to Australia and China for concerts, collaborations, and residencies.

Blue Engine
Blue Engine Records, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s record label, is proud to announce three exciting upcoming projects that pull from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s bountiful and impressive concert archives, illustrating its commitment to sharing Jazz at Lincoln Center’s music with audiences beyond the concert halls. On March 23, Blue Engine Records releases United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas by the Wynton Marsalis Septet. The album features illustrious guest musicians from across genres—including Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and Eric Clapton—who joined Marsalis to explore the American Songbook and raise money for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education initiatives. Projects to follow include the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s collaboration with Latin music legend Rubén Blades and Wynton Marsalis’s Hot Fives & Sevens project honoring Louis Armstrong and his famed early recordings for JSP Records. Blue Engine has previously released six albums: Live in Cuba by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; The Bronx Pyramid by Carlos Henriquez; Big Band Holidays by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guests; The Abyssinian Mass by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Damien Sneed and Chorale Le Chateau, with special guest Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III; The Music of John Lewis by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Jon Batiste; and Handful of Keys by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring pianists Joey Alexander, Myra Melford, Isaiah J. Thompson, Dick Hyman, Helen Sung, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s own Dan Nimmer. 

Ticket Information
Beginning today, current subscribers and donors to Jazz at Lincoln Center are invited to purchase subscriptions for all Rose Theater and The Appel Room concert packages, with savings of up to 15% off single ticket prices. To keep their same seats, current subscribers must renew beginning today through April 6, 2018. New subscriptions may be purchased beginning March 1, 2018.

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 will increase based on demand as concerts approach. Subscribers also have the benefit of utilizing free, unlimited ticket exchanges to manage their schedule. In addition to all other benefits, subscribers can select the TAKE 3,4,5 plan, creating a custom concert package of three or more performances throughout the season, personalized to individual interests and schedules, across both venues. TAKE 3,4,5 tickets come with a 10% discount off single ticket prices in addition to all other subscriber benefits.

For more information on 2018-19 season subscriptions, visit To order a subscription or to request information, please call the Subscription Services hotline at 212-258-9999, e-mail [email protected], or visit

Membership Discount
Jazz at Lincoln Center offers a robust Membership program with a wide array of benefits, including deep discounts on concert tickets. Individuals who join at the $75 level and above are eligible to receive VIP single ticket pre-sale access and 50% off tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center-produced concerts in Rose Theater and The Appel Room on the day of the event. Tickets must be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office or online beginning at 12:01am the day of the performance. Members must show their valid membership card or log-in to using their account credentials to receive this discount. Subject to availability. Learn more and sign up at

VIP single ticket pre-sale for donors, members, and subscribers will be available starting June 19. Become a Jazz at Lincoln Center member by June 22 to access single tickets before the general public.

Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $35 and up dependent upon seating section, except where noted below:

  • Jazz for Young People® tickets in Rose Theater are $10, $20 or $25.
  • Ticket prices for Jazz & Popular Song series performances are $55 and up.

Ticket prices for The Appel Room are $60 and up, dependent on seating section for the 7pm sets, and $45 and up, dependent on seating section for the 9:30pm sets.

Note: Hot Seats – $10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select performances in The Appel Room (excluding Jazz & Popular Song concerts) – are available for purchase by the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Tickets are subject to availability; 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 two tickets per person. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Hot Seats Ticket Discount Program is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

*Please note that a $3.50 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 when purchasing tickets online via

All single tickets for The Appel Room and Rose Theater can be purchased through 24 hours a day or through 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.

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