Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Opening Weekend 2019: The South African Songbook

On September 12-14 at 8:00 p.m., the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis opens Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2019–20 season in Rose Theater with a musical celebration of South African democracy, 25 years after Apartheid’s end. South Africa has long been a vibrant and unique jazz hub, and the orchestra’s guests featured on this concert helped shape the sound of jazz as a new South Africa was being born. Special guests include three New York-based South African vocalists – Nonhlanhla Kheswa, Melanie Scholtz, Vuyo Sotashe – plus top instrumentalists from South Africa: saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, and vocalist and pianist Thandi Ntuli.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2019-20 season features 27 unique programs in Rose Theater and The Appel Room, and more than 350 nights of music in Dizzy’s Club. Performances take place at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and feature world premieres, exclusive collaborations, renowned guest artists, and events celebrating milestones and major figures in jazz . Performances throughout the season integrate multiple musical traditions, generations of performers, and artistic disciplines in a unique exploration of the profound and unifying cultural heritage that is jazz.

Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $40 and up dependent upon seating section.

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 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.

Box Office hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10am to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain)
Sunday: 12noon to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain).

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