The 2016 Jazz at Lincoln Center Gift Guide

Pick up a gift for the jazz lover in your life!

News | Dec, 8th 2016

Here come the holidays! Get ready—and get something for the jazz fan in your life—with our gift guide, which should help put some swing in your December. See below for some ideas, both from within and without our hall.

And remember: if shopping has you stressed, you can stream live webcasts of one of our Big Band Holidays concerts, either on Wednesday, 12/14 at 8PM Eastern or on Sunday, 12/18 at 2PM Eastern.

For the Record Collector

It's still possible to pick up our Record Store Day Black Friday release: a Christmas tree-shaped vinyl EP featuring two new holiday songs from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis! This collectible item isn't available online, but it is in stock at record stores across the nation and a limited number of copies will be available at the JLCO's Big Band Holidays shows on tour and in New York City. Pick up the perfect gift for the jazz record collectors on your list!

For the Host(ess) with the Most(est)

Make your holiday parties a little more festive with Big Band Holidays, the hit holiday album from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis! Available digitally and on CD and 180g vinyl formats, Big Band Holidays captures many of the most iconic performances from the Orchestra's annual holiday shows and features guest vocalists Gregory Porter, René Marie, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Speaking of Cécile...

For NYC Residents

Swing in the New Year at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola! We have two holiday runs coming up: saxophonist (and JLCO member) Sherman Irby will play the week leading up to Christmas, and then Cécile McLorin Salvant will play a New Year's run of shows.

You could also consider purchasing a subscription. Buy a fixed package or a minimum of three concerts and save up to 15% on your ticket orders, plus get benefits including discounts to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and local businesses. If the recipient can’t attend a show, they can exchange their tickets at no cost.

For NYC Visitors

Know someone headed to NYC? Give them an authentic Big Apple experience with a gift certificate to Jazz at Lincoln Center. Gift certificates can be redeemed for all Jazz at Lincoln Center season performances in Rose Theater and The Appel Room as well as our education programs Swing University and WeBop (more on those below). You can buy them online, in person at our Box Office in the Time Warner Center, or by calling 212-258-9877.

For the Philanthropic

Make a difference for Jazz at Lincoln Center and in a loved one's life. A gift membership to Jazz at Lincoln Center includes exclusive pre-sale access to Jazz at Lincoln Center season tickets and select events, partner discounts, and reduced-price covers at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

For the Curious, Both Young and Old

Help a friend class it up with one of Jazz at Lincoln Center's courses—we have offerings for everyone, from adults down to the youngest jazz enthusiast. Grown listeners can brush up on their jazz with Swing University classes, taught by some of jazz's most esteemed and knowledgable historians, while parents can bring their toddlers to WeBop for a fun introduction to jazz and the wider world of music. 

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Go dashing through the snow with the video for "Jingle Bells"! Taken from BIG BAND HOLIDAYS, the new album from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, this animated video is sure to delight every member of the family this holiday season.

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It's December, which means it's time to get festive! Swing into the season with this playlist full of artists who'll be performing this month at Jazz at Lincoln Center.


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Buddy Rich

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Joe Temperley, by Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center

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