Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2019 Gala “The Birth of Jazz: From Bolden to Armstrong”

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2019 Gala, “The Birth of Jazz: From Bolden to Armstrong,” will celebrate New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, and support Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. This one-night only benefit performance and dinner ─ a Big Easy party that will romp through a jazz and blues repertoire ─ takes place on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 Frederick P. Rose Hall, “The House of Swing,” located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.

Jazz at Lincoln Center will present the Ed Bradley Award for Leadership to Becky and Art Samberg. Mr. Samberg has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Board of Directors since 2012 and has a long history of supporting Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission and music. With a civic-minded philanthropic vision, the Samberg Family generously contributes to many charities, educational entities, and cultural groups, both personally and through foundations the family has established.

Also, on this special evening, the organization will also bestow the Jazz at Lincoln Center Award for Artistic Excellence to NEA Jazz Master and legendary New Orleans musician Ellis Marsalis. Mr. Marsalis receives this honor in recognition of his artistry and as one of the most renowned music educators in the world, having had a profound impact on the lineage of the music as embodied by the many musicians whose lives he has informed, inspired, and educated.

Commemorating the release of the upcoming film, Bolden, directed by Dan Pritzker, and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Blue Engine Records release of the Bolden Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with music composed, arranged and performed by Wynton Marsalis,Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2019 Gala concert will feature a stellar lineup of musicians and special guests. The selections will illuminate jazz’s most significant musical figures, chief among them, Buddy Bolden, who ranks among the most influential yet obscure figures in the pantheon of American music, and Louis Armstrong, Bolden’s musical descendant who created a Rosetta Stone for the music.

Anchored by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the concert will feature Jonathan Batiste, Harry Connick Jr., Sullivan Fortner, Vince Giordano, Noah Halpern, Anthony Hervey, Branford Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, and Don Vappie.
Reno Wilson who plays Louis Armstrong in the Bolden film, will perform “I’ll be Glad When You’re Dead, You Rascal You.”

2019 Gala Chairs
Helen and Bob Appel
Jody and John Arnhold
The Jay Pritzker Foundation
Jeff Samberg
Joe Samberg
Laura Samberg-Faino

Gala Co-Chairs
Lisa and Dick Cashin
The Jaffe Family Foundation
Burwell and Chip Schorr

Gala Vice-Chairs
Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn
Siris Capital, LLC/ Robin and Peter E. Berger
Betsy Levitt Cohn
Gail and Alfred Engelberg
Buzzy Geduld
Sharon Sullivan and Jeff Kindler
Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee
Jacqueline L. Bradley and Clarence Otis
Ronald O. Perelman
Barry F. Schwartz
Dianne and David Stern

Gala Benefactors
Steve Aiello
Simona and Jerome A. Chazen
Diane M. Coffey
Mihaela and Harry Crosby
Gordon J. Davis/ Venable LLP
Jeanette Davis-Loeb
Mica Ertegun
Dr. Donna J. Astion and Michael D. Fricklas
Greg Marcus
Courtney Lee-Mitchell and Marcus Mitchell
Janice and Steve Miller
Lisa Roumell and Mark Rosenthal
Astrid and Christian SabellaRosa
Lisa and David T. Schiff
Dagni and Martin Senzel

Gala ticket prices begin at $2,500.00 and table prices begin at $35,000. For tickets, please contact the Jazz at Lincoln Center Benefit Office at 212-245-6570 or

A limited number of concert-only tickets for $150 and $200 can be purchased on 24 hours a day or by calling 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 are Monday- Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes past curtain) and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes past curtain).

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners: Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, Centene Charitable Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, SiriusXM, Steinway & Sons, and The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center.

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