Jazz at Lincoln Center to Cancel All Concerts and Education Programs at Frederick P. Rose Hall, The House Of Swing, Effective Immediately Due to Concerns Over Covid-19

New York, NY (March 12, 2020) Jazz at Lincoln Center places a priority on the health and safety of our concertgoers, artists, guests, patrons, program participants and staff. In response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Jazz at Lincoln Center has canceled all concerts and classes in Frederick P. Rose Hall, The House of Swing, effective immediately, Thursday, March 12, 2020 through Wednesday, April 15, 2020. This closure encompasses:

Concerts and public lectures in Rose Theater, The Appel Room, and the Ertegun Atrium;
Nightly sets at Dizzy’s Club;
WeBop and Swing University classes; and
Middle and High School Jazz Academy classes.

In announcing this decision, we are consistent with our colleagues at Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts and in line with recommendations from city, state, and federal elected officials as well as the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

JALC will also intensify efforts to make available digital concerts, educational programs and other music and video to those who are isolated, sequestered, and in need of community.

In addition, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Annual Spring Gala, scheduled to take place on April 15 at 8:00 p.m. will now be held as a virtual Gala, a “Concert for Our Culture” freely broadcast to audiences globally thanks to the support of Gala honorees Clarence Otis and Jacqueline Bradley; JALC’s Chair Robert Appel and the rest of the JALC Board; and other key donors. Against the backdrop of the New York City skyline, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with special guests will perform in The Appel Room an evening of music celebrating the centennial of jazz icons Charlie “Bird” Parker and Dave Brubeck.

“Together, in this specific time of need, the bandstand becomes even more sacred. We will illustrate the power of jazz to bring us together and lift us to higher ground,” said Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

This concert will be freely accessible via Facebook Live,, and on our “Jazz Live,” interactive video app, powered by JALC partner Kiswe and available for all Apple and Android devices.

For existing ticketholders, we respectfully request that you consider donating your ticket to JALC in support of the institution, our education programs for kids of all ages, and the musicians we employ during the period of closure. The full value of your tickets will be credited to your Jazz at Lincoln Center account within the next 48 hours and if not donated, will be available as a credit towards future performances (or fully refundable). Ticket buyers can contact customer service at [email protected] or 212-258-9999 for further assistance.

Jazz at Lincoln Center appreciates the support it has enjoyed and continues to receive from all members of our community and extended family of donors, concertgoers, patrons, students, teachers, parents, vendors and staff. We encourage those of you at home and/or quarantined to check our website ( and to freely access full concerts and other music, interviews, and more from our archive.

The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guest artists spanning genres and generations, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of performance, education, and broadcast events each season in its home in New York City (Frederick P. Rose Hall, “The House of Swing”) and around the world, for people of all ages. Jazz at Lincoln Center is led by Chairman Robert J. Appel, Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, and Executive Director Greg Scholl. Please visit us at; follow us on Twitter @jazzdotorg and Facebook; watch our free, global webcasts at; and enjoy concerts, education programs, behind-the-scenes footage, programs and more at

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