Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton to perform at JALC’s 2011 Gala

Jazz at Lincoln Center announces Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton will perform together in Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The special concert events have been added to the season schedule as the organization’s 2011 Annual Gala on April 7 and as ticketed concerts open to the public on April 8 and 9. As the preferred card of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Lead Sponsor for the three concerts, MasterCard will run an exclusive advance ticket sale beginning January 28.

Clapton, a guitar icon and three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director and nine-time GRAMMY® Award winner, will perform blues classics which may include tunes by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Howling Wolf. For these special concerts, Clapton and Marsalis will be joined by Marcus Printup (trumpet), Chris Crenshaw (trombone), Victor Goines (clarinet), Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums) and Don Vappie (banjo).

The April 7 performance marks Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2011 Annual Gala evening. A gala dinner will be held at Roseland Ballroom at 239 W. 52nd Street immediately following the concert and will feature entertainment by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Proceeds from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2011 Annual Gala benefit the thousands of performance, education and broadcast events the organization produces each year. Underwriters of this extraordinary event are Diana DiMenna, John Arnhold, and Dick Cashin. Co-Chairmen are Helen and Robert J. Appel, Marlene Hess and James Zirin, Little Johnny Koerber and Kari Gronberg, Chip and Burwell Schorr, and Dr. Agnes Varis.

Vice-Chairmen are Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn, The Jeffrey A. Altman Foundation, Bank of America, Gail and Al Engelberg, Ed and Carolyn Lewis, MasterCard, Louise and Leonard Riggio, Lisa and David T. Schiff, Melanie Shorin and Greg Feldman and Mary Kay and John Strangfeld/Prudential Financial.

Clapton and Marsalis first collaborated for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2003 gala, and most recently, Marsalis appears on Clapton’s 2010 CD, Clapton.

Jazz at Lincoln Center 2011 Annual Gala: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 7pm. Tickets on sale now.

Public Concerts: Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 8pm.
Jazz at Lincoln Center subscribers and members advance sale on January 24
MasterCard® cardholders advance sale on January 28. 
Go to for more info. 

Tickets for the general public on sale February 12.

Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York *April 7 gala post-performance dinner party to take place at Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd Street


April 7 – Jazz at Lincoln Center 2011 Annual Gala: 
Tables are $100,000, $50,000, $35,000 and $20,000. Tickets are $5,000 and $2,500.
For additional Gala information or to make a reservation, please call 212-258-9961 or email Louise T. Hood, Director of Special Events at [email protected].

April 8 and 9 – Public Concerts: 
Ticket prices for Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues are $40, $95, $150 or $245 dependent upon seating section.
All tickets can be purchased through or 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 from 10am to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain) and Sunday from noon to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain).

MasterCard is a lead sponsor of this performance.
Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners: BET, Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, HSBC, Related, SiriusXM. 

MasterCard is the preferred card of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
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For more information:

Zooey Tidal Jones

Associate Director
Public Relations

Phone 212-258-9821

Email: [email protected]

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  1. Ken,there are shows on April 8th and 9th with ticket prices under $150

    Jerry on Feb 11th, 2011 at 7:26pm

  2. Hate to tell you Jerry, the lowest price tickets are $2500. That’s $1 below cost.

    Ken on Feb 8th, 2011 at 1:08pm

  3. What a shame that some people have bought tickets as they see this as an opportunity to resell these tickets at very high prices. I just looked at Stubhub and someone is asking $2499.00
    Simply, when you sell tickets, hold them at Will Call, and have the person show ID and credit card. This will minimize some of the abuse and more tickets will be available for true fans !

    Jerry on Feb 1st, 2011 at 9:10pm

  4. This is a unique opportunity to see two of the icons of the XX century popular music together that I will miss because of the overpriced tickets, my friends.

    miguel on Jan 28th, 2011 at 11:06am