Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2020-21 Season

Jazz at Lincoln Center and Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis today proudly announce Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2020 – 21 concert season. The concert season – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 33rd – begins on September 25, 2020, and will feature Blue Engine Records releases, worldwide touring, education programs, and 33 unique programs in Rose Theater and The Appel Room, in addition to more than 350 nights of music in Dizzy’s Club, all at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2020 – 21 season navigates the cutting edge while firmly upholding the organization’s “all jazz is modern” philosophy. It features Jazz at Lincoln Center’s customary mix of world-premiere commissions and exclusive collaborations, iconic guest artists, and celebrations of milestones and major figures in jazz and its related genres. Many of the programs connect directly to themes that illuminate, as Marsalis puts it, “the notion of jazz as an agent for freedom and democratic principles — the freedom of improvisation, connecting your freedom with the freedom of other people, and your belief in the foundational principles of our way of life.” In the process, both the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) and a cohort of master instrumentalists and singers representing a broad generational timeline will seamlessly tell stories in the multiple musical dialects of the Americas, extrapolating those diverse strands into a unified voice that speaks firmly to the here-and-now.

With iconic composer-pianist-orchestra leader Duke Ellington as a foundational lodestar, Jazz at Lincoln Center continues to produce an extensive range of educational and advocacy programs for all ages. The organization’s signature education program, the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival (EE), observes its 26th year of spreading the message of Duke Ellington’s music, leadership, and collective orientation by providing high school ensembles with free transcriptions of original Duke Ellington recordings, accompanied by rehearsal guides, teaching notes, original recordings, professional instruction, and more, to over 7,000 schools and independent bands in 55 countries. In addition to the Competition and Festival held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in May 2021, EE co-produces 23 non-competitive regional festivals across the U.S. and five in Australia. Notable EE alumni featured onstage during the 2020 – 21 concert season include Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist Carlos Henriquez; trumpeter Riley Mulherkar; trumpeter and composer Summer Camargo; and vocalist Christopher McDole.

Throughout the 2020 – 21 season, Blue Engine Records – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s in-house record label – will continue to release both new and archival materials on streaming and physical formats. These will include releases from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as well as from other artists. Titles to be released during the season include Wynton Marsalis performing Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven repertoire, and Walter Blanding’s big band arrangement of Sonny Rollins’ “Freedom Suite” as performed by the JLCO.

The focal point of every Jazz at Lincoln Center season is the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO), an ensemble of 15 virtuosos, composers, arrangers, educators, and unique soloists performing an unprecedented variety of styles that span jazz’s entire documented history. As Marsalis states, the JLCO “might be the most flexible and all-encompassing ensemble in the history of our music.”

Jazz at Lincoln Center opens its 33rd concert season with a celebration (September 25 – 26) of the centennial birth year of alto saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker (1920 – 1955), the iconic pioneer of bebop. Sixty-five years after his death, Parker’s rhythmic wizardry, harmonic ingenuity, and declamatory sound remain core to the 21st century soundtrack, and his 1945 recording, “Now’s The Time,” remains an inspirational motto for forward-looking jazz musicians who will not be deterred.

In Rose Theater, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Plays Charlie Parker presents new arrangements of Parker’s repertoire, with guest appearances by emerging saxophonists Patrick Bartley, Immanuel Wilkins, and Zoe Obadia. Following the opening night concerts, the JLCO will embark on a U.S. tour performing Charlie Parker Centennial repertoire. In The Appel Room, The Many Sides of Bird: A Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration\ re-examines Charlie Parker’s works in a multi-disciplinary program featuring jazz musicians performing in solo, duo, and trio configurations with tap, ballet, and modern dancers. Genre-bending alto saxophonist and Charlie Parker scholar Steve Coleman will appear in The Appel Room shows alongside the electrifying jook dancer Myles Yachts and members of Yachts’ Five Elements. Sheila Jordan, the 91-year-old bebop dynamo, will honor Parker – her close friend – along with pianist Alan Broadbent and bassist Harvie S. Also scheduled to appear on The Appel Room stage are pianist Benny Green, harpist Brandee Younger, tap dancer Jabu Graybeal and more.

Freedom, Justice and Hope (April 2 – 3) is a multidisciplinary extravaganza featuring new works by Marsalis and other JLCO members performed in collaboration with artists from the fields of dance, visual art, spoken word, theater, and film. Bryan Stevenson, the founder and Executive Director of the Montgomery, Alabama-based human rights organization Equal Justice Initiative, will speak at this concert event exploring the subjects of social justice, incarceration, prison reform, and immigration.

On Wynton Marsalis Small Group and the JLCO: The Happiness of Being (April 22 – 24), Marsalis appears on the Rose Theater stage in rare small group configuration, performing newly-penned tunes that contemplate the concept of freedom. The other half of the concert features the JLCO revisiting The Happiness of Being, an original suite by long-time orchestra member Walter Blanding.

United In Swing (October 23 – 24), music-directed by JLCO veteran saxophonist Sherman Irby, is an intergenerational meeting of the minds, with several guest composers writing new music for the JLCO. Emerging composers Josh Evans, Thandi Ntuli, and Endea Owens create new works inspired by writings and speeches on the theme of freedom. Distinguished 71-year-old Czech composer and jazz pianist Emil Viklicky premiers a piece commissioned exclusively for the event and incorporates the writings of the noted Czech playwright, poet, dissident and president Václav Havel.

Issues of freedom in the interpersonal and social realms inform Voices of Freedom: Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone (January 8 – 9). The JLCO will interact with vocalists Ashley Pezzotti, Melanie Charles, and Shenel Johns as they interpret the searingly honest music and lyrics of these four great ladies of American song, supported by new big band arrangements from music director Chris Crenshaw and other band members.

The 2020-21 Singers Over Manhattan series will launch with Duke Sings\ (November 13-14). The show perfectly illustrates Jazz at Lincoln Center’s history of helping artists develop their visions as musicians and leaders with music directors saxophonist Ruben Fox and pianist Christopher Pattishall reprising a program of timeless Duke Ellington vocal compositions that they originally developed at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club. A nine-piece horn section will frame five of New York’s best-and-brightest young vocalists — 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition winner Samara Joy McLendon, Thelonious Monk Competition finalist Vuyo Sotashe, Essentially Ellington alumni Christopher McDole, Joy Brown and Vanisha Gould.

The spectacularly multi-talented Camille Thurman applies her saxophone skills to Coltrane: A Love Supreme (June 11 – 12) in Rose Theater, leading the JLCO through arrangements of Coltrane works predicated upon concepts of freedom and liberation, both temporal and spiritual. Thurman will also don her vocalist hat in The Appel Room for Camille Thurman: The Best of Burt Bacharach (January 29 – 30). In this second Singers Over Manhattan showcase of the season, she will present a program of Bacharach’s rich yet subtly complex songs alongside her regular working group, the Darrell Green Trio.

The third 2020 – 21 Singers Over Manhattan concert features Veronica Swift (March 19 – 20), a rising star who will present her individualistic bebop-to-ballads concept with the Emmet Cohen Trio. The show will focus on women who have inspired Swift, including special guest vocalist Sheila Jordan, now 91 years young.

The magisterial songstress Dianne Reeves returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center for her tenth season of Valentine’s Day concerts (February 12 – 13).

The luminous singer Lizz Wright joins the SFJazz Collective (dubbed “contemporary jazz’s premier all-star band” by the New York Times) to interpret classic songs by the iconic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell (whose collaborations with jazz icons like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Charles Mingus have firmly established her place in the jazz canon), juxtaposed with brand-new original compositions by SFJC band members inspired by Mitchell’s music and legacy (April 9 – 10).

Legendary Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo celebrates her 90th birthday with a farewell tour stop at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater (November 6 – 7). With effortless mastery, Portuondo, joined by the magnificent Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca‘s quartet and a bevy of all-star guests to be announced, will address a full spectrum of Cuban genres, among them Afro-Cuban jazz, guajira, danzón, cha-cha-chá, trova Cubana, son Cubano, and boleros.

The sound that Jelly Roll Morton once described as the “Spanish Tinge” also inflects this season’s Big Band Holidays con Rubén Blades (December 16 – 20), JALC’s annually sold-out holiday concert week (December 16-20). This year’s special edition, music directed by JLCO bassist Carlos Henriquez, will feature iconic Panamanian salsero Rubén Blades. The collaboration between Blades and the JLCO follows Una Noche con Rubén Blades, the live, Grammy Award-nominated Blue Engine release from 2018.

Bronx-born bassist Carlos Henriquez – whose non-JLCO c.v. includes appearances with such icons as Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Danilo Pérez and Gonzalo Rubalcaba – is an avatar of musical multilingualism, which he will demonstrate when he leads the new program Freedom con Clave (June 4 – 5) in The Appel Room, featuring new and reinvented works on the topic of freedom.

The 2020-21 season sees Jazz at Lincoln Center representing Brazil from several angles, with concerts in Rose Theater by multi-Grammy Award- winning pianist, vocalist, and composer Eliane Elias (May 14 – 15), and in The Appel Room by outside-the-box percussionist Cyro Baptista for his 70th birthday celebration (October 23 – 24).

The São Paolo-born Elias opens her program with Meditations on Freedom, an account of her experiences working with Brazilian politician-songwriter-poet Vinicius de Moraes and other composers who were exiled from Brazil while the nation was ruled by military dictatorship between 1964 and 1985. The second half of the evening, Variations on a Theme of Jobim, features her informed, idiomatic reworkings of repertoire by iconic Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Cyro Baptista – whose c.v. includes extensive collaborations with icons like Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Phish, Milton Nascimento, Kathleen Battle, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson, and dozens more – celebrates his 70th birthday with frequent collaborators John Zorn, Romero Lubambo, Billy Martin, and other surprise guests.

Another unique program (April 30 – May 1) is a double bill featuring drummer Matt Wilson‘s Honey and Salt and pianist Helen Sung‘s Sung With Words, featuring live performances of two recently recorded exemplars of the music-meets-poetry genre. For Honey and Salt (named 2018 Record of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association), Wilson has written songs to frame his readings of the poems of Carl Sandberg; on Sung With Words, inspired by the works of award-winning poet Dana Gioia, Sung’s pieces will be performed by an A-list group of vocalists and instrumentalists.

Throughout 2020 – 21, Jazz at Lincoln Center places the poetic grandeur of the blues robustly on display. One of the season’s most ambitious programs is Bill Ferris: Voices of Mississippi (February 5 – 6), a multimedia event based on and inspired by Ferris’ 2019 double-Grammy Award – winning, four-disk box set Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris. The performers include several of the 21st century’s foremost blues practitioners including Cedric Burnside, The North Mississippi All-Stars’ Luther and Cody Dickinson, Ruthie Foster, and many more. Hosted by Bill Ferris, this special celebration of the blues, gospel, and local folklore will be augmented by narration from Mr. Ferris with selected film segments, archival audio recordings, and photographs from Ferris’ collection.

For Mose Allison and the Blues (April 30 – May 1), the Anything Mose Band led by vocalist-guitarist Richard Julian and pianist John Chin welcome special guest, the iconic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal to interpret the wry, jazz-inflected songs of NEA Jazz Master pianist and composer Mose Allison. Amy Allison will host this evening filled with the music and words of her father.

Renowned blues-rock guitarist, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame entrant Steve Miller presents his 6th annual exploration of a different flavor of the blues (December 11 – 12).

The blues is also the subject of the 2020-21 season’s first Family Concert, entitled What Is The Blues? (November 13-14), an hour-long educational program hosted by the magnificently charismatic singer Catherine Russell.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s second 2020-21 Family Concert is What Is BeBop? (March 19 – 20), music-directed by JLCO trombonist Vincent Gardner. The JLCO will explore the ABCs of the still-futuristic style known as “BeBop,” of which Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie – whose compositions will be performed – are the most prominent avatars.

Big Band Swing: Walk On The Wild Side (May 14 – 15) represents the blues and cabaret cultures of 1920s and 1930s Kansas City and Chicago, from which Parker emerged. It’s a collaboration between five-time Emmy Award – winning writer and historian Geoffrey Ward, best known for his extensive work with documentarian Ken Burns, and rising star trumpeter and arranger Riley Mulherkar. Alongside a script written by Ward, the Riley Mulherkar Big Band will perform songs by – to name a short list – Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Benny Goodman, Mary Lou Williams, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Count Basie, Benny Moten, Lester Young, Parker, and Bix Beiderbecke.

Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis will direct Irving Berlin: “God Bless America, a new program of Great American Songbook music (May 20 – 22). The new concert event will feature the JLCO performing Berlin’s Songbook, Broadway, and Hollywood classics inclduing “God Bless America,” “I’ll Be Loving You Always,” and “Count Your Blessings.”

Oscar nominee and six-time Grammy Award winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard seamlessly flits between the worlds of jazz, opera and motion picture scoring. On March 12 and 13, he presents a mid-career retrospective at The Appel Room. For this specially curated evening, Blanchard will revisit his four-year tenure with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; and perform pieces from his 50-plus film scores, including the Grammy winning A Tale of God’s Will and the Oscar winning BlacKkKlansman with guest tenor saxophonist and friend Ravi Coltrane. For this special evening, Blanchard and the E-Collective will reprise their groundbreaking collaboration with choreographer Rennie Harris/Puremovement. Blanchard, in a prelude to his Metropolitan Opera debut as the first African American composer to debut at the MET, will also perform music from his acclaimed operatic works with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and share new music from his latest album honoring Wayne Shorter, featuring his band with the Turtle Island String Quartet.

The trumpets will sound in a concert (May 28 – 29) dedicated to the inspirational trumpet virtuoso Clifford Brown (1930 – 1956), who created some of the most memorable recordings of the jazz canon during his brief lifetime. To do him justice, trumpet titan Sean Jones convenes an all-star, inter-generational cast of fellow master practitioners, including Randy Brecker, Ingrid Jensen, Terell Stafford, Michael Rodriguez, Ambrose Akinmusire, Giveton Gelin, Summer Camargo, and Cyrus Mackey with special guest Melissa Aldana joining on saxophone. Ensuring the swing is a world-class rhythm section: pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer Lewis Nash.

The works of pianist, composer, and bandleader Dave Brubeck are the subject of The JLCO Plays Brubeck: Celebrating 100 Years (November 19 – 21)_,_ a centennial celebration of the global jazz ambassador and humanitarian who represented the best of American ideals to a global audience. Music-directing the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is JLCO pianist Dan Nimmer, with appearances by rising-star guest pianists Sean Mason and South African Thandi Ntuli.

The social-justice-oriented music of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s is the subject of the JLCO’s presentation of works by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, and (for the first time) Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra (February 26 – 27), music-directed by JLCO multi-instrumentalist Ted Nash.

The equipoise between individual freedom and ensemble-oriented discipline is inherent in the MoodSwing Reunion concert (October 2 – 3), featuring jazz superstars Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade, as they revisit repertoire from the 1994 MoodSwing album that catapulted each of them into the international spotlight. In the liner notes to that album, Redman wrote: “Jazz is about feeling, communication, honesty, and soul. Jazz is meant to enrich the spirit. Jazz is for your heart. Jazz moves you.”

That aspiration dovetails with Wynton Marsalis’ remark: “This is a time where we need to cosign our belief in freedom, not from any one perspective, but from many different perspectives. If you really believe in freedom, it’s important that you fight for everyone’s freedom, including those who are most unlike yourself. That’s always been the spirit of jazz.

“At Jazz at Lincoln Center, we challenge ourselves to represent the highest aspirations of jazz. We celebrate the masters, whose music, philosophy and spirit of mentorship continue to influence everything we do as an organization, and we create opportunities for you to enjoy the next stellar generation of musicians. Join us in the House of Swing, on our tours, or by tuning in to our free, live webcasts. We invite you to enjoy our music and to be enriched by it.”

Please click here for the complete 2020-21 season chronology.

Dizzy’s Club

Dizzy’s Club, one of the three main performance venues situated in Frederick P. Rose Hall, produces world-class jazz performances nightly, often reflecting and augmenting the programming in Rose Theater and The Appel Room. Dizzy’s Club kicks off its 2020 – 21 season by celebrating the Charlie Parker Centennial with the eminent alto saxophone master Charles McPherson from September 24-27. The Generations in Jazz Festival, running from August 30-October 4, will feature Diane Schuur, Matthew Shipp’s 60th birthday celebration, the Eubanks-Evans Experience with Kevin Eubanks and Orrin Evans, a two-night collaboration with Festival of New Trumpet Music and more to be announced. Sets featuring Christian Sands, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jamie Baum Septet, Warren Wolf, and more will round out the Fall 2020 schedule. As part of the new blues initiative, Dizzy’s will also launch a Blues Tuesday night in September featuring blues programming on the second Tuesday of every month.


Jazz at Lincoln Center serves perhaps the largest jazz education program network in the world, and the organization’s educational initiatives will continue to reach larger and more diverse audiences in 2020 – 21. 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 JLCO’s national and international tours.

The Jazz Academy Media Library, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s online education portal, houses over 1,000 instructional videos covering a wide range of musical and historical topics, freely available online. During the upcoming year, the Education department is filming new Jazz Academy videos aligned with forthcoming releases on Blue Engine Records.

Furthermore, Jazz at Lincoln Center begins a partnership with the big band music publisher eJazz Lines to make recorded arrangements by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra commercially available to school bands, professional jazz orchestras, and big bands around the world.

In Fall 2020, Jazz at Lincoln Center launches a new initiative called The Blues Curriculum, which outlines and makes available to teachers around the world a way to teach the traditional blues to students in their classrooms. Additional videos will also help aspiring musicians properly learn and perform classic Blues repertoire.

In January 2021, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces and hosts the second annual Jack Rudin Jazz Championship, an invitational festival and competition featuring ten of the finest collegiate jazz bands in the country.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Programs enter a 15th year of offerings to ensembles memberships and classes for high school and middle school-age musicians in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The Youth Programs support instrumental jazz education through 18 ensembles, with weekly sessions of the High School Jazz Academy, Middle School Jazz Academy, and Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra. The Jazz for Young People® outreach program “Let Freedom Swing” extends to schools and community-based organizations in 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 600 concerts throughout the season. The Jazz for Young People® *outreach program *“Let Freedom Swing” extends to schools and community-based organizations in New York City’s five boroughs, as well as in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Mesa, London, Sydney, and Melbourne.

The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival (EE) continues to reach band directors and students in more than 7,000 schools and independent bands worldwide, with eight charts of free original transcriptions of original Duke Ellington recordings distributed annually — more than 42,000 charts each year. Additionally, the program expands its educational reach through a series of 23 Essentially Ellington\ regional festivals in the U.S. and Australia, intended to enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of Ellington’s music.

The EE companion program, Band Director Academy (BDA), a training program focused on professional development for music teachers that is now in its 22nd year, continues its annual offerings at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. BDA focuses on the essentials of teaching jazz and emphasizing hands-on learning and practical techniques (June 25-28, 2020).

Additional educational programming includes:

Summer 2020 Jazz Academy at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY,

Summer 2020 Jazz Workshop at Fordham on the Lincoln Center campus

For the 15th year, Jazz at Lincoln Center provides weekly early-childhood music education classes to children and their caregivers through WeBop® in New York City and continues to partner with franchises in Seattle, Orlando, St. Louis, Charlotte, 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 in connection with Blue Engine record releases to provide attendees with new depths of insight into major jazz artists’ aesthetics and inspirations;

Syncopated Leadership workshops in high schools that 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 Jazz at Lincoln Center, an opportunity to work directly with Jazz at Lincoln Center clinicians and artists.

Digital Concert Network brings Jazz at Lincoln Center’s webcast performances to libraries around the country, pairing curated content with materials for educators and audiences.

In addition, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s adult higher education program,Swing University, expands its course offerings in 2020 – 21, aligning classes with season concerts and themes as well as Blue Engine releases. Building upon its flagship Jazz 101,201, and 301 classes, Swing University will also offer specialty classes on John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and more.


The virtuosic Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis tours its expansive repertoire, including original works and arrangements by bandmembers, around the world. In the Fall, following opening night at Rose Theater, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis tours the U.S. performing Charlie Parker repertoire in honor of the saxophonist’s centennial year. In December, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Rubén Blades will embark on the Big Band Holidays con Rubén Blades tour across the U.S.

*Ticket Information *Beginning today, current Jazz at Lincoln Center subscribers are invited to renew their 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 17, 2020. New subscriptions may be purchased beginning March 3, 2020.

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 a TAKE 3,4,5 plan, creating a custom concert package of three or more performances across 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 2020 – 21 season subscriptions, visit To order a subscription or to request information, please call the Subscription Services hotline at 212-258-9999, e-mail, 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 $100 level and above are eligible to receive VIP single ticket pre-sale access and discounted 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 12:01 a.m. on 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 16, 2020. To access single tickets before the general public, become a Jazz at Lincoln Center member by June 19, 2020.

Pricing Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $45 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 The Appel Room are 65 and up, dependent on seating section for the 7:00 p.m. sets, and 45 and up, depending on seating section for the 9:30 p.m. 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 – are available for purchase by the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Tickets are subject to availability; please call 212-258-9877 for available Hot Seats performance dates.

Hot Seats are available only in person at the Box Office, with a 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 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 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: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes past curtain) Sunday: 12:00 p.m. noon to 6:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes past curtain).

Single tickets go on sale June 23, 2020.

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