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Visiting Presenter - The Appel Room

Omar Kamal in New York - Postponed

Omar Kamal has a voice that transcends borders and decades. His honest, pure power and capacity for connection is the same genius that has defined the career of the greatest singing legends – influences felt in his eclectic catalogue and captivating performances from Sinatra’s jazz and swing to timeless Arab idols like Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Fairouz. Kamal brings together stunning repertoires and emotional hits for one enchanting evening.

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2020 Gala: Brubeck+Bird at 100

This year’s gala, Brubeck+Bird at 100, celebrates the legacy of two jazz greats, Dave Brubeck and Charlie “Yardbird” Parker and will feature a star-studded lineup performing timeless songs from two artists who helped shape and forever change the art form. Anchored by New York’s House Band—the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis—the show features performances by a host of special guest artists. 

Dizzy's Club

Alexis Morrast

With Alexis Morrast.

Dizzy's Club

William Paterson University Jazz Orchestra and Ensembles with special guest Steve Nelson

Hear the brightest young jazz students perform alongside vibraphone master Steve Nelson. Part of the William Paterson University Department of Music, the Jazz Studies Program is unique among college programs for its emphasis on small-group playing.

Dizzy's Club

Essentially Ellington Alumni Big Band Plays Ellington

With the Essentially Ellington Alumni Big Band.

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Celebrate the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony’s 20th Anniversary

Celebrate the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony’s 20th Anniversary with a program led by Maestro David Bernard featuring the passion of Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino, the power and elegance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto performed by the world renowned piano soloist Misha Dichter, and the brilliantly evocative and playful Prokofiev Symphony No. 5.

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Bobby McFerrin

Hailed as “one of the world’s most famous vocal chameleons” by the New York Times, Bobby McFerrin delivers one of the most transcendent experiences in live music. Truly a genre unto himself, the ten-time Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum-selling artist is a master of spontaneity, vocal ingenuity, and musical and spiritual openness.

The Appel Room 2019-2020 Season

Etienne Charles’ Carnival

The Sound of a People

Just in time for Caribbean Heritage Month, Trinidad & Tobago’s world-famous Carnival celebration comes to The Appel Room courtesy of trumpeter, percussionist, and composer Etienne Charles. This high-energy spectacle seamlessly blends American jazz traditions with the thrilling sights and sounds of Trinidadian Carnival.

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Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook

10 Years of Jazz & Popular Song

Singer, entertainer, and “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” Michael Feinstein celebrates 10 years of his Jazz & Popular Song series with an all-star extravaganza. Capping off a historic run in The Appel Room, Feinstein now takes the show to Rose Theater for a grand reunion of the crème-de-la-crème with special guest vocalists Vuyo Sotashe, Catherine Russell and more to be announced. 

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Ellington Masterpieces

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis closes the concert season with an audience favorite: an all-Ellington evening of musical masterpieces. Over the course of six decades, Duke Ellington wrote well over 1,000 compositions, some of the richest and most enduring music of the past century. This music is a premier showcase of a big band’s range, nuance, and cohesion, and nobody plays it quite like the JLCO.

The Appel Room

The Many Sides of Bird

A Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration

The Appel Room concert season kicks off with a multidisciplinary celebration of Charlie Parker, the iconic saxophonist and bebop pioneer who helped usher in a new era of jazz virtuosity. Through a series of solo, duo, and trio performances by jazz musicians and tap, ballet, and modern dancers, audiences will discover the timeless music of Charlie Parker in a contemporary new light.

Rose Theater 2020-2021

The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis plays Charlie Parker

Celebrating 100 Years

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 33rd concert season kicks off with a centennial celebration of the great Charlie Parker. Under the music direction of Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and special guest saxophonists Patrick Bartley, Immanuel Wilkins, and Zoe Obadia will pay a fitting tribute to the iconic pioneer of bebop.

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Redman, Mehldau, McBride, Blade

A MoodSwing Reunion

Jazz titans Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade reunite to revisit their landmark 1994 album, Moodswing. Whether you’re already a fan of these musicians or you’re looking for a convincing entry point to jazz, don’t miss the chance to hear four of today’s top stars revisit this classic record after decades of growth and musical exploration.

The Appel Room

Cyro Baptista at 70: Spirit of Brazil

Brazilian percussion superstar Cyro Baptista takes over The Appel Room for a wild 70th birthday party with some very special surprise guests. This one-of-a-kind musician, loved worldwide for his astonishing percussion feats and irresistible eccentricity, plays an almost comically large range of instruments—many of which he creates himself from all sorts of everyday objects.

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis: United in Swing

Joe Block, Endea Owens, Thandi Ntuli, and Josh Evans are some of the most promising young jazz composers to emerge in recent years, while Emil Viklicky has been an internationally renowned composer for decades. Each of them has been commissioned to write and arrange new music inspired by speeches on the topic of freedom, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will bring it to life like no other band can. Don’t miss this thought-provoking and uplifting body of new work!

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Omara Portuondo

The Voice of the Buena Vista Social Club

For two nights only, legendary Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo will grace the Rose Theater stage for a 90th birthday celebration. The international icon recently retired from worldwide touring, but she still gives international fans rare opportunities to experience her magic in person. Anyone interested in seeing the living legend herself while she’s here in New York City should consider this an absolute must-see performance.

The Appel Room

Duke Sings

Singers Over Manhattan returns to The Appel Room with a showcase of Duke Ellington’s wonderful compositions for vocalists, including pieces like “Jump for Joy” and “Love You Madly.” The program boasts a stellar band and four of the city’s top young vocalists performing the uplifting songs of joy, love, heartbreak, and spirituality that make Duke’s music so timeless.

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Family Concert: What is the Blues?

with Catherine Russell

In this hour-long, interactive concert, families will learn all about the fundamental musical concept known as “the blues.” With support from a soulful, live band, this afternoon performance will be hosted by the charismatic Catherine Russell, named “the best blues singer today” by the Wall Street Journal.

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis Plays Brubeck

Celebrating 100 years

This centennial celebration of composer, pianist, and bandleader Dave Brubeck will showcase fresh arrangements of Brubeck’s greatest works. Performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with rising-star pianists Sean Mason and Thandi Ntuli, the concert will feature brilliantly crafted versions of favorites like “Take Five,” “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” “Unsquare Dance,” “The Duke,” “Strange Meadowlark,” and many others.

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Steve Miller

Renowned blues-rock guitarist, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame entrant Steve Miller continues his exploration of the blues at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Miller’s blues series with Jazz at Lincoln Center has been an incredible, ongoing success, and this will be another soul-stirring dive into this endlessly diverse genre!

Rose Theater 2020-2021

Big Band Holidays con Rubén Blades

Featuring the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis

Salsa giant and international icon Rubén Blades joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to present a lively new take on the Grammy Award–nominated, annually sold-out Big Band Holidays program. With swinging, big-band versions of holiday classics, it’s an uplifting seasonal event perfect for the whole family.

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Voices of Freedom: Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone

Featuring the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis

Experience the essential works of some of the 20th century’s most powerful singers and songwriters, performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and vocalists Melanie Charles, Shenel Johns, and Ashley Pezzotti. Under the music direction of JLCO trombonist and vocalist Chris Crenshaw, this brand-new program looks back at four great singers whose unapologetically honest art has stood the test of time in its meaning and musicality.

The Appel Room

Camille Thurman

The Best of Burt Bacharach Reimagined

Award-winning composer and arranger, formidable saxophonist, jaw-dropping vocalist, and trusted bandleader Camille Thurman makes her debut as an Appel Room headliner in this special Singers Over Manhattan showcase. For the occasion, Thurman has developed a new program of reimagined Burt Bacharach hits, including “The Look of Love,” “Going Out of My Head,” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You.”

The Appel Room

Bill Ferris: Voices of Mississippi

Voices of Mississippi is a new multimedia event celebrating the music, art, and storytelling traditions of the people of Mississippi. Based on the 2019 double-Grammy Award–winning Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris, the program features live musical performances by a broad range of Mississippi's authentic blues and gospel musicians—including Cedric Burnside and Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars— integrated with film, audio recordings, spoken-word storytelling, and rare photographs captured by historian and folklorist William Ferris.

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Dianne Reeves

Continuing a hugely popular tradition now in its tenth year, NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dianne Reeves sets the mood for Valentine’s Day weekend with a mesmerizing concert in Rose Theater. See the show that has audiences coming back year after year—and wow the one you love (or treat yourself!) with an unbeatable musical experience.

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The Music of Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and Charlie Haden

Performed by the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs music by three original geniuses of jazz: Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and Charlie Haden. With brilliantly unconventional approaches to composition, improvisation, and band-leading, each of these giants of jazz helped usher in a profound new era of musical freedom. Multi-Grammy Award–winning composer, arranger, saxophonist, and bandleader Ted Nash will serve as music director for the concert, utilizing the JLCO’s enormous stylistic range to reimagine their compositions in big-band form.

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Terence Blanchard: A Life in Music

Not many jazz musicians can stage a career retrospective in their 50s, but six-time Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard is a rare artist. In fact, this performance is set to be one of the most stylistically and thematically diverse shows of our entire concert season, with something here for everyone, featuring Blanchard’s swinging hard bop, dance collaborations, opera, showtunes, electric jazz, Spike Lee film scores, and more.

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Veronica Swift

With the Emmet Cohen Trio and special guests

Rising-star vocalist Veronica Swift makes her Appel Room headlining debut, joined by special guest vocalist Sheila Jordan. In this year of the Charlie Parker centennial, it will be especially powerful to hear a master like Jordan, whom Parker called “the singer with the million-dollar ears,” sing with up-and-comer Veronica Swift and the polished young rhythm section of the Emmet Cohen Trio.

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Family Concert: What is Bebop?

With the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

This hour-long Family Concert will explore the essential jazz concept and genre of “bebop,” with live performances of tunes by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. With music direction by trombonist Vincent Gardner, the JLCO will introduce audiences to a special style of music known for its attention-grabbing melodies, wild improvised solos, and all-around technical dazzlement.

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Bryan Stevenson

Freedom, Justice, and Hope

Witness the world premiere of new music by Wynton Marsalis and members of the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In collaboration with high-profile speakers and thinkers like Bryan Stevenson—a globally acclaimed activist, public interest lawyer, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative—the band will perform new works considering large, international questions of freedom, justice, and hope. Additional special guests from multiple artistic disciplines will join the show to help the JLCO bring this important new body of work to life.