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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

news | Aug, 1st 2017

Big Band Mondays: A Nod to Tradition at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

In September, as part of the Generations In Jazz Festival, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola hosts Big Band Mondays. The series serves as a nod toward a long-running NYC tradition that's come to define the city's jazz scene.

Bobby McFerrin by Carol Friedman

news | Jul, 27th 2017

So the Story Goes: Bobby McFerrin’s Fateful Night in Hollywood

In an episode of Jazz Stories on Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, Bobby McFerrin recounts the time he serendipitously saw Miles Davis live and how it changed his whole perspective on music.

Get to know Don Redman's influence

news | Jul, 17th 2017

How High the Moon: Don Redman's Jazz Legacy in 7 Recordings

Often overlooked, Don Redman's influence on jazz reached far and wide. Loren Schoenberg, Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, takes you through 7 important Redman recordings and how they show the artist's reach and influence.

Azar Lawrence Reflects on His Time With McCoy Tyner

news | Jul, 13th 2017

Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit: Azar Lawrence on His Time With McCoy Tyner

We sat down with saxophonist Azar Lawrence to hear what it was like playing with McCoy Tyner on some of Tyner's most acclaimed recordings and what he learned from our 2017 Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame inductee.

Barry Harris: better late than never

news | Jun, 15th 2017

So the Story Goes: Barry Harris's Never-ending Master Class

Prepare for Harris's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola sets by listening to a 2002 broadcast of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR, in which he provided some insight into how one of jazz’s longest-running educational workshops came to be.


Duke Ellington

The Essential Ellington: How Duke Ellington Changed Jazz Forever

Nobody in the history of jazz expressed himself more freely; or with more variety, swing, and sophistication than Duke Ellington. Listen to our playlist of essential Ellington recordings and find out how he changed jazz forever.

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Nina and Nat

And the Inductees Are… Your Choices for the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame

Find out who the three 2018 inductees into the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame are! All three made an indelible impact on America's music and influenced millions in the process.

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Ahmad Jamal - Photo by Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Another 10 Essential Jazz Albums

Here's a list of 10 more must-have classics for to round out your collection of jazz records.

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Thelonious Monk at the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival with his children, T.S. and Boo Boo.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Thelonious Monk, by His Son T.S. Monk

Celebrate Thelonious Monk’s Centennial by getting to know the legend through his son’s memories.

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Chick Corea - photo by Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Chick Corea: Five Essential Albums

Chick Corea is one of the most influential figures in jazz and one of the greatest living jazz pianists. In advance of his trio’s July 4 performance in Highland Park, IL, at the Ravinia Festival alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, here are five essential albums from his discography.

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Wynton Marsalis performs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Celebrating Spaces and The Abyssinian Mass with Colbert on The Late Show

Wynton Marsalis appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform with Jon Batiste, Stay Human, and acclaimed dancer Lil Buck. Check out video and behind-the-scenes content from their performance.

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10 Essential Jazz Albums

New to jazz and don't know where to start? With many artists and extensive catalogues of music, a new jazz listener can feel intimidated. We're here to help! Check out our list of 10 albums to get you started on your jazz journey and introduce yourself to some of jazz's great artists.

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A Visit to Clark Terry

On December 7, 2014 the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra drove 8 hours on an off day to play for Clark Terry on his 94th birthday. Victor Goines, James Chirillo, Ted Nash, Vincent Gardner, and Walter Blanding recall the day and the impact that Clark had on jazz.

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Gerald Cannon

Gerald Cannon Talks Dizzy's, His Early Days, & Love of Teaching

We sat down with Gerald Cannon ahead of his Memorial Day Weekend performances at Dizzy's.

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Will Calhoun

Will Calhoun Talks Individuality, Elvin Jones, and Dizzy’s

Discover how growing up in the Bronx shaped Will Calhoun’s appreciation for art and how Elvin Jones inspired him to define his individuality.

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Ornette Coleman

The Department Store Painting that Inspired Ornette Coleman and 5 Other Interesting Facts About His Life

Ornette Coleman led a life as fascinating as his music. Read up on some interesting facts about this jazz legend!

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Joe Temperley, by Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Notes from the Road: Remembering Joe Temperley

Before his passing in May, Joe Temperley spent 29 unforgettable years as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's baritone saxophonist and its beloved elder statesman. Between performances on their recent mini-tour of Canada, several JLCO members shared their memories of Temperley, who left behind an indelible legacy and a whole lot of stories.

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6 Underappreciated Jazz Artists You Should Check Out

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, so we thought we'd celebrate by delving into the careers of a handful of underappreciated jazz artists. Explore the careers of six musicians who deserve more accolades and learn the best places to start with their discographies.

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