Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 25th Annual Essentially Ellington 
Competition and Festival Postponed
Essentially Ellington Luncheon Canceled

As of March 17, 2020, the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival has been postponed due to COVID-19 and as a result, we regretfully are unable to host the Essentially Ellington Luncheon. Jazz at Lincoln Center places a priority on the health and safety of our concertgoers, artists, guests, patrons, program participants and staff.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary, our Managing & Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis, will host an online Q&A, exclusively for the 2020 finalist bands. Additionally, our goal is to host the Competition and Festival globally and via online to keep alive -- and even expand -- the spirit of this impactful program. We will have further details to share shortly.

If you are able to give a donation at this time, we greatly appreciate it. It is because of friends like you, that over the last 25 years of Essentially Ellington, we have reached nearly a million students and close to 7,000 jazz bands have participated. This impactful program allows students to experience the essence of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission: to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy.

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Essentially Ellington, several donors have made early gifts at the $25,000 level. We are eternally grateful for this level of support. Please consider adding your voice to this campaign by making a gift to support this important milestone.

Thank you for considering a gift to support Jazz at Lincoln Center and giving us the tools to remain flexible and serve our mission. Your gift today will make a difference. 


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We thank our contributors to date:

25k for 25:

Gordon and Peggy Davis
Barry Schwartz
The Emiko Terasaki Foundation
Howard and Eleanor Morgan
Richard and Jennie DeScherer
John and Jody Arnhold
Jeanette Davis-Loeb
Susan Rudin
Eric and Sandra Krasnoff
Eric and Fiona Rudin
Alfred and Gail Engelberg

Other contributors:

Diane Coffey
Andy and Felicia Blum
Jay and Robin Lewis
J. Alan and Susan Kahn
Jakub Gasowski
Keith and Rose-Lee Reinhard
Frederick McKinnon
Deborah Roberts and Al Roker
David Sgorbati

Founding leadership support for Essentially Ellington is provided by:
The Jack and Susan Rudin Educational and Scholarship Fund and Gail and Alfred Engelberg

Additional supporters include: Helen and Robert Appel, Augustine Foundation, Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Fund, Con Edison, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Entergy, and The Hearst Foundations.

Please visit https://academy.jazz.org/ee for more information on the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival.