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Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Rags, Strides & Habaneras Celebrates Musical Traditions Throughout the Americas

New York, NY –  February 6, 2018 – Jazz at Lincoln Center brings Rags, Strides & Habaneras, a visually dazzling showcase of musical traditions at the core of jazz, Latin jazz, and popular styles from throughout the Americas, to The Appel Room on March 2-3, 2018 at 7pm and 9:30pm each night.

Four brilliant pianists and three of New York City’s most captivating dancers will bring to life a virtuosic repertoire rooted in Africa and developed through New Orleans, Harlem, Argentina, Cuba, and Spain. Pianists include 90-year-old national treasure Dick Hyman; 14-year-old prodigy Joey Alexander; flamenco jazz genius Chano Dominguez; and rising star Sullivan Fortner, the American Pianists Association’s 2015 Cole Porter Fellow.

Tearing up the stage will be tap dancer Jared Grimes, recently featured in Wynton Marsalis’ Spaces; young phenomenon Eddie Torres, Jr., son of the legendary Tito Puente dancer Eddie Torres; and Jesús Carmona, an internationally acclaimed flamenco dancer gracing from Spain. They will reinterpret early jazz and ragtime tunes like “Maple Leaf Rag,” “The Entertainer,” “Viper Drag,” and “Harlem Strut,” emphasizing their infectious beats, unexpected rhythms, and fleet-footed melodies.

They will also teach the audience to love the single rhythm that took the entire Western world by storm: the habanera. Latin rhythms have always been central to jazz’s identity, and the habanera is the bedrock — the crucial ingredient in the evolution from ragtime into jazz. When audiences witness classic pieces like “La Paloma” and their accompanying dance routines, it will be easy to understand why this contagious rhythm spread like wildfire. This high-energy performance will leave audiences with a fresh perspective on America’s most enduring musical traditions.

Rags, Strides and Habaneras will take place in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit jazz.org.

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.
 

TICKET INFORMATION:
Ticket prices start at $10. 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.