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Monday, September 25th, 2017

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Songbook Concerts Celebrate Band Members' Original Works, October 20-21, 8pm, Rose Theater


October 20-21, 8pm, Rose Theater


New York, NY (September 25, 2017) - Jazz at Lincoln Center continues its 30th anniversary celebration by showcasing the brilliant composers and arrangers in its resident orchestra in a special concert event, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Songbook, on October 20-21 at 8pm in Rose Theater. Rose Theater, in Frederick P. Rose Hall, is located on Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra band members including Walter Blanding, Chris Crenshaw, Vincent Gardner, Victor Goines, Carlos Henriquez, Sherman Irby, Wynton Marsalis, Ted Nash and Marcus Printup, have put forth a vast, innovative body of original work over the past decade. For these special performances, the world renowned big band will treat audiences to a collection of these compositions as well as arrangements of tunes by the greats Walter Donaldson, George Gershwin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Mulgrew Miller, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter. These concerts will demonstrate the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Songbook comprises some of the finest and most stylistically diverse big band music in history.

“The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has no real competitors these days,” said the Chicago Tribune.  “Other big bands play splendidly, in their own fashion, but only an organization that tours as prolifically as JLCO and maintains the same personnel for so many years could achieve this caliber of expressive control and technical acuity.”

“The orchestra is so dedicated to excellence and has performed for such a long time at an extremely high level on different styles of music and under all types of circumstances,” says Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director. “If you consider that every position improvises, there are 10 arrangers, and we play an unprecedented variety of styles, there has never been anything like it in the history of our music.”


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Songbook follows the band’s 21-date U.S. tour. The band’s latest recording, Handful of Keys with guests Joey Alexander, Dick Hyman, Myra Melford, Dan Nimmer, Helen Sung, and Isaiah J. Thompson, is now available in stores, online and through streaming services.



Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2017–18 season celebrates the organization’s 30th anniversary. Since the first downbeat of its summer concert series in 1987, Jazz at Lincoln Center has been a vital part of the global cultural landscape. Jazz at Lincoln Center was established as an independent non-profit organization in 1996; opened Frederick P. Rose Hall, the “House of Swing”, in 2004, making it the world’s first venue designed specifically for jazz; and launched Blue Engine Records in 2014 to share its vast archive of recordings. Over the past three decades, Jazz at Lincoln Center has become an important advocate for jazz, culture, and arts education globally, reaching an audience of nearly 2 million people of all ages and experiences through concerts, webcasting, musical instruction, and distribution of music scores—the vast majority of which is free of charge. To date, Jazz at Lincoln Center has produced more than 1,200 original concerts in the New York City area, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra having performed in over 446 cities in 41 countries on five continents. This milestone season reflects on 30 years of celebrating the universal language of music and the influence of jazz in the present day. Throughout the 2017–18 season, Jazz at Lincoln Center will bring together a wide array of events, projects, virtuoso musicians, composers, and educators to illustrate the collaborative nature of the art form. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2017–18 season features performances by renowned artists including Joey Alexander, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Eliane Elias, Ellis Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Marilyn Maye, Steve Miller, and Dianne Reeves; as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center debuts by the Harlem Quartet and vocalist and songwriter Somi. The milestone season will conclude with a grand finale world premiere by Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director.



All single tickets for The Appel Room and Rose Theater can be purchased at jazz.org 24 hours a day or through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10am–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–6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain)
Sunday: 12pm–6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain)

Hot Seats—$10 seats for select shows in Rose Theater—are available for purchase to the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance, subject to availability. 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.

For more information about Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th anniversary season, go to jazz.org.

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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,
 The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center, and United Airlines.




Press Inquiries:
Zooey Jones
Director of Public Relations
Jazz at Lincoln Center