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Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101 with Seton Hawkins

Week Three: The Jazz Age

​Jazz may have been born in New Orleans, but it quickly moves into cities around the nation and takes root. In its earliest days, one of the most crucial cities for Jazz’s development was Chicago, as masters like King Oliver and Louis Armstrong set up shop in the Windy City and set the world alight with their music. 


Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

NEA Jazz Master Jason Marsalis returns to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with the Vibes Quartet. This is a rare Jazz at Lincoln Center appearance by the youngest Marsalis brother!


The Appel Room

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook presents:
India Arie

A deeply generous performer known for her velvet-rich alto, the Grammy Award–winning artist is a true believer in the power of words and music to spread love, healing, peace, and joy. For this unique evening, she weaves her soulful music into a moving chronicle of her life experiences.


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LATE NIGHT SESSION: Caroline Davis Quintet

Tuesday-Saturday evenings, doors open at 11:15pm for Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented emerging artists in jazz. There are no reservations for Late Night Sessions - just swing by! This month, Thursday and Saturday evenings will be hosted by Julian Lee.


Varis Leichtman Studio

The Science of Jazz

Music & The Structure of the Universe

For the third year, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents one of our most popular events: Science of Jazz. This unique and intimate evening explores the dynamic connection between the sciences and jazz in this special lecture series. 


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The Music of Dexter Gordon: A Celebration

Dexter Gordon Legacy Ensemble

Celebrating Dexter Gordon on what would have been his 94th birthday, the great tenor saxophonist and Academy-Award nominee is remembered and honored.


The Appel Room

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook presents: Buffy Sainte-Marie

Since bursting onto the scene with anti-war anthem “Universal Soldier,” the Saskatchewan-born Cree artist Buffy Sainte-Marie has been applying her infinite creativity to music, art, education, and social justice. A performer as fiery as her lyrics, she brings her full band to The Appel Room for a high-powered set.


The Appel Room

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook presents: William Bell

with special guest John Leventhal

In the midst of a thrilling comeback following his critically acclaimed album This is Where I Live, soul legend William Bell brings the Stax revival—complete with horns and Hammond organ—to The Appel Room. 


Varis Leichtman Studio

Charles Mingus, with Jack Walrath

Week Two: The Early Work of Charles Mingus

In the second session of the Charles Mingus class, Jack Walrath will look at Mingus’ early career as a sideman and a budding composer, and will explore the first recordings he made while also looking at the music that influenced and inspired him.


The Appel Room

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook presents:
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Considered “a legend of the genre” (Seattle Times), the 14-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs and his elite ensemble of world-class pickers take over The Appel Room for a blazing evening of bluegrass. 


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 201 with Ben Young

Week Five: Jazz’s Economic Life: Looking at Jazz Through Its Economic Ebb and Flow 1946-2017

In the Swing Era, Jazz became the popular music of the day, reaching a level of popularity it had not seen prior to, or since, that moment. What happened to Jazz’s popularity after the Swing Era?


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William Paterson University Big Band and Ensembles

The William Paterson University Department of Music, the Jazz Studies Program is unique among college programs for its emphasis on small-group playing. The 7:30pm set features the Orchestra, and the 9:30pm set features various small ensembles, so you can pick your preference or make a full night out of two unique shows.


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A Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration

Riley Mulherkar and Alphonso Horne co-lead our Mardi Gras celebration for the second year in a row. With special Mardi Gras drinks on the menu, the club will be in good spirits for this special occasion.


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LATE NIGHT SESSION: Barry Stephenson

With bassist Barry Stephenson, trumpeter Wayne Tucker, saxophonist Patrick Bartley, pianist Mathis Picard, and drummer Savannah Harris


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101 with Seton Hawkins

Week Four: The Swing Era

The Swing Era heralded Jazz’s place as the pop music of the day, and some of its finest artists—Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and more—were also its megastars. But what was the music they were creating? 


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Nicole Henry: A Time for Love

Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists and has captivated audiences in over 15 countries.


The Appel Room

Dave Douglas Metamorphosis

Trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas is a versatile and powerful performer of improvised music. His output as a bandleader is one of the most eclectic in history, featuring dozens of unique groups. Metamorphosis marks a bold new conceptual approach to organizing music for improvisers and features an all-star gallery of legendary voices. For this special engagement, Douglas has enlisted some of the most influential modern improvisers, many of them Douglas’ own heroes: trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, saxophonist Oliver Lake, drummer Andrew Cyrille, guitarist Marc Ribot, pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser, and percussionist Susie Ibarra.


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Donald Brown, Ray Drummond, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, and Bobby Watson

Remembering James Williams and Mulgrew Miller

Pianist Donald Brown, bassist Ray Drummond, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith, and alto saxophonist Bobby Watson come together to remember James Williams and Mulgrew Miller.


Rose Theater

Eddie Palmieri: Celebrating 80 Years

Eddie Palmieri is an incomparable performer and bandleader of some of the most energetic concerts in Jazz at Lincoln Center's history. This season, the NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award-winner continues his fast-paced career in Rose Theater for an 80th birthday blowout. One of the finest pianists of the past 50 years, Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger, and composer known for skillfully fusing complex jazz harmonies with the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage and of various Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean fusions.


Varis Leichtman Studio

Charles Mingus, with Jack Walrath

Week Three: Charles Mingus the Innovator

In the third class, Jack will share from his personal experiences the lessons he learned from Mingus, exploring his new compositional tools, arranging techniques, and overall philosophy of music and society. 


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 201 with Ben Young

Week Six: Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal Jazz, and Free Jazz

Just like Latin serves as the root of many modern languages, BeBop serves as the root of many Jazz styles to follow. Tonight we’ll look at descendents of BeBop.


Rose Theater

Young People’s Chorus of New York City

2017 Fundraising Gala

In what is surely one of the hottest tickets on Broadway, the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez invite you to their newest and most exciting gala to date.


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Monday Nights with WBGO: Loston Harris

Songs from the Great American Songbook

Loston Harris is a suave vocalist and an extremely talented pianist. In addition to original tunes, much of his group’s repertoire comes from the Great American Songbook.

 


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Tessa Souter Quintet

Tessa Souter is a London-born, Harlem-based Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist and composer named “Rising Star” for two consecutive years in the DownBeat Critics’ Poll.


Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Adam Moezinia


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101 with Seton Hawkins

Week Five: BeBop

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and more built up a new style called BeBop, bringing a new rhythmic vitality and virtuosity to the music. As the big band wave was just beginning to break, BeBop arrived on the scene as an exciting and controversial new approach to Jazz.


Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Person2Person featuring Houston Person & Eric Person

Two generations of saxophone titans come together in Person2Person, with a first-rate rhythm section featuring three extremely in-demand players.


The Appel Room

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook presents:
The Songs of Elizabeth Swados

When her invigorating musical Runaways opened at the Public Theater in 1978, New York theater icon Elizabeth Swados stepped out as a revolutionary who would redefine musical theater. Tonight, friends of the late artist come together for a reverent celebration of her progressive vision, inexhaustible creative energy, and far-reaching influence. 


Varis Leichtman Studio

Doubling Instruments: A Workshop with Ted Nash

Join JLCO saxophonist Ted Nash and saxophonist Aaron Johnson as they explore doubling on instruments, discuss how to approach doubling in performance and practice, and explain tips on building one’s abilities in doubling!


The Appel Room

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook presents:
Tanya Tagaq

Channeling ancient rituals through her own personal ferocity, Inuk throat singer and experimental vocalist Tanya Tagaq’s wholly improvised performances transform haunting chants, screams, and growls into an ecstatic—sometimes unnerving—journey to a completely new sound world. 


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Ted Nash Quintet

With saxophonist Ted Nash, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Gary Versace, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Matt Wilson.

 


The Appel Room

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook presents:
José González

A master of minimal melodies and intricate classical guitar accompaniment, José González’s hushed lyrics unearth probing existential meditations. He seamlessly integrates his Latin American roots—his parents emigrated to Sweden from Argentina—including tropicalia, bossa nova, and tango into “one of the most recognizable sounds in indie rock” (Billboard).


Varis Leichtman Studio

WeBop Family Jazz Party: Happy 100 Dizzy and Ella!

In celebration of the 100th year of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, we will host a birthday bash featuring some of their most popular tunes including, “Salt Peanuts,” “Manteca,” “A-Tisket A-Tasket,” and a WeBop crowd favorite, “Old McDonald.” Come ready to dance , sing, and scat in honor of two of Jazz’s most important musicians!


Varis Leichtman Studio

Charles Mingus, with Jack Walrath

Week Four: Charles Mingus’ Last Lessons

As the 1970s progressed, the effects of ALS took their toll and Mingus was no longer able to perform. However, his creative spirit continued, and some of his last pieces and works are some of his most beautiful. Jack will explore these final works of Mingus, and will also describe Mingus’ ongoing legacy in the Mingus Dynasty and Big Band.


The Appel Room

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook presents:
We Never Do This: An Evening with Kristen & Bobby Lopez

In this rare performance together, feel the irresistible creative chemistry between the couple behind the Oscar-winning songs from Disney’s Frozen. They were both named to Time’s 2014 “List of 100 Most Influential People,” and Bobby (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon) also holds the honor of youngest ever EGOT winner.


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 201 with Ben Young

Week Seven: The Fusions: Latin Jazz, Third Stream, and Fusion

Since its origins, Jazz has fused with other styles and aesthetics. As it progressed, three specific “fusion” styles emerged and become highly influential.


Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

New York Youth Symphony Jazz: The Great Trumpeters

Featuring special guest Sean Jones

The New York Youth Symphony’s Jazz Band is considered one of the best ensembles of its kind. The ages within this group range from early teens to early 20s, making the quality of their sound even more astonishing.


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Little Johnny Rivero & His Giants

Conga player Little Johnny Rivero with bassist Luques Curtis, pianist Zaccai Curtis, alto saxophonist Louis Fouché, trumpeter Jonathan Powell, and drummer Obed Calvaire


Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Bruce Harris


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101 with Seton Hawkins

Week Six: Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal Jazz, Free Jazz

​As the 1940s gave way to the 1950s, Jazz developed many new offshoot styles. Cool Jazz arrived, seeking a marriage of BeBop and Swing Era music.


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Aaron Goldberg Trio featuring Leon Parker

An exciting collaboration between Aaron Goldberg, first-call bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and legendary drummer and percussionist Leon Parker.


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Michele Rosewoman: New Yor-Uba

A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America. Time and time again, this original group has been praised as a rare, seamless combination of jazz, Cuban folk music, and centuries-old African musical traditions.


Rose Theater

Free To Be: Jazz of the '60s & Beyond

The 1960s was a time of national soul-searching that brought our country closer to its true identity and expanded our belief in freedom. In a contemporary exploration of this pivotal decade, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will perform some of its most powerful and thought-provoking pieces, many with messages that remain relevant today. The JLCO will perform masterpieces by Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, and Charles Mingus, and music director Walter Blanding will debut a big band arrangement of Sonny Rollins' historic "Freedom Suite." Another centerpiece of the program will be the premiere of Blanding's The Happiness of Being, a sprawling musical reflection on the meaning of freedom.


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LATE NIGHT DANCE SESSION: Bruce Harris


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 201 with Ben Young

Week Eight: Class’ Choice: Covering Artists In Greater Depth

After seven weeks of classes, certain artists may have triggered your interest, and you may want to do a deeper dive into their lives and music. For this night, it is the classes’ choice as to who gets covered.


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Michael Bisio: Accortet

Veteran bassist Michael Bisio is an extremely versatile musician who plays an essential role in every project in which he takes part.


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Claire Daly Quintet

Claire Daly is a highly respected baritone saxophonist. Fans of swinging jazz, and the melodic growl of a baritone saxophone won’t be disappointed.


Rose Theater

Philharmonia Orchestra of New York

Symphonic Storyboards With Project Hand in Hand

Hailed as one of the “most progressive modern orchestras” by The Observer, Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) presents two powerful concerts of musical storytelling by Wagner, Verdi, and Rimsky-Korsakov under maestro Atsushi Yamada. Symphonic Storyboards brings audiences renowned classical works performed by world-class musicians, accompanied by striking original films.


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LATE NIGHT SESSION: Patrick Bartley


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101 with Seton Hawkins

Week Seven: Fusions: Latin Jazz, Third Stream, and Jazz-Rock Fusion

​From its very beginnings, Jazz was always a fusion of musical styles. However, as the century progressed, Jazz began to work even more closely with other genres, giving birth to many new and exciting styles.


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Tynan Davis

Tynan Davis is a young vocalist on a phenomenal career path. She just recorded her debut album, and tonight’s performance will be the official album release celebration! 


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Stanley Cowell Quartet

Pianist Stanley Cowell started his jazz career in the 1960s, working with artists like Max Roach Charles Tolliver, Bobby Hutcherson, and Stan Getz. Don't miss this jazz veteran!


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Victor Goines Quartet with special guest Don Vappie

The Crescent City, Caribbean, and Swing

With saxophonist Victor Goines, vocalist/guitarist/banjo player Don Vappie, pianist Jo Ann Daugherty, bassist Emma Dayhuff, and drummer Greg Artry