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Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala:
Worldwide Concert for our Culture



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Worldwide Concert for our Culture: 2020 Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala

Premiering HERE Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:30PM ET
Click these links to watch on Youtube and Facebook

Clarence Otis and Jacqueline L. Bradley 
Ed Bradley Award for Leadership in Jazz

Phil Schaap 
Jazz at Lincoln Center Award for Artistic Excellence 


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
with special performances by:
Baqir Abbas | Brussels Jazz Orchestra | Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner  | Chano Dominguez | Chucho Valdés | Dianne Reeves | Hamilton de Holanda | Igor Butman | Makoto Ozone | Nduduzo Makhathini | Richard Galliano | Stefano DiBattista | WDR Big Band 

Like all of the public-facing arts, we are challenged to serve our community beyond the reach of this pandemic and its wake of canceled performances, shutdown of gathering places, and restrictions on travel.  

In responding to this crisis and the new world we now find ourselves inhabiting, Jazz at Lincoln Center's annual Spring Gala on April 15th will now be freely broadcast digitally to audiences around the world on this page, as well as on Youtube and Facebook. 

Culture-defining artists from Japan, Brazil, Russia, Pakistan, South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Cuba, and the United States will join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for a “first of its kind” high-quality global experience. 

This concert will bring us all together to uplift and encourage us with the wisdom and insights of major artists who have represented and elevated their respective cultures for decades. Each will play the song that made them fall in love with jazz, and we are sure it will lift us from the isolation of this moment to the collective memory of a greater future.  

We ask you to support this concert with a donation as you are able. Our entire ecosystem has sustained devastating losses, but this concert is a very important way to stay alive and sustain our ability to fulfill and further our mission. The hundreds of artists that perform in Rose Theater, The Appel Room, Dizzy's Club and our dedicated JALC staff humbly thank you for your consideration and your generosity in this trying time for all.

About our Honorees:

We are proud to present the Ed Bradley Award for Leadership in Jazz to Jazz at Lincoln Center Board Member Clarence Otis and Jacqueline L. Bradley, who are leaders in both business and philanthropy. Clarence and Jacqueline have been staunch supporters of JALC and our youth education programs, particularly Let Freedom Swing, that bring live jazz and lessons in democracy to low-income students, and Clarence has served in a number of leadership capacities, including his current role as chair of JALC’s Finance Committee. Clarence also sits on the boards of Verizon and VF Corporation.

We could not be more excited to present this year’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Award for Artistic Excellence to Jazz at Lincoln Center's own Phil Schaap, a true inspiration to all of us working to keep jazz alive. Through a career of broadcasting jazz on the radio for over 44 years, winning him Grammy Awards for Historical Writing, Producing, and Audio Engineering, Schaap is one of our most passionate and dedicated scholars and a staple in the world of jazz preservation.

Proceeds from this evening help make possible the thousands of unique performances, education programs, and resources produced annually by Jazz at Lincoln Center, which reach more than two million people all over the world.


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For further information, please call 212-258-9978 or email jalcgala@jazz.org

Thank you to our supporters! 

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is presented by The Arnhold Family.

Jazz at Lincoln Center thanks Jacqueline L. Bradley and Clarence Otis for their leadership support of the “Worldwide Concert for Our Culture”.

“Worldwide Concert for Our Culture” is made possible in part by the generous support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Additional corporate support is provided by high-quality streaming service Qobuz.

Gala Chairs
Helen and Robert J. Appel
Jody and John Arnhold
Robin and Peter Berger
Lisa and Dick Cashin
Jacqueline L. Bradley and Clarence Otis

Gala Co-Chairs
Kathryn and Kenneth I. Chenault
Nancy and David Denton 
Hobson Lucas Family Foundation
Sandra and Edward Meyer
William Schoenfeld and Richard Reitknecht / Asian Pacific Land Ltd.
Burwell and Chip Schorr
The Zou Family Fund

Gala Vice-Chairs
Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn
Jessica and Natan Bibliowicz
Simona and Jerome Chazen
Betsy Levitt Cohn
Mary Beth and Stephen S. Daniel
Peggy C. and Gordon J. Davis
Diana and Joseph DiMenna
Gail and Alfred Engelberg
Mica Ertegun
Dr. Donna Astion and Michael Fricklas
Buzzy Geduld
Lauren and Derek Goodman
Susan C. Gordon
The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation
Sharon Sullivan and Jeff Kindler
Karen and Charles Phillips / Infor
Louise and Leonard Riggio
Diana and Jonathan F.P. Rose
Lisa Roumell and Mark Rosenthal
Lisa and David T. Schiff
Barry F. Schwartz

Gala Benefactors
Mihaela and Harry Crosby
Arnetta and Eddie Hamilton
Drs. Mary and Sidney Harris
Ann and Marc Iacona / Rochester International Jazz Festival
Courtney Lee-Mitchell and Marcus Mitchell
Eleanor and Howard Morgan
Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen
Susan Rudin
Barbara and Donald Tober

Gala Supporters
Didi and Andrew Adelson
Stephen R. Aiello / H+K Strategies, Inc.
Amy Ballard
Judy and Ron Baron
Kit Smyth Basquin
Arlene Blau
Felicia and Andy Blum
Cathy Callender
Diane M. Coffey
Lisa E. Davis, Esq. / Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Jeanette Marie Davis-Loeb
Janelle Faulk
Felix Ferretti
Hughlyn F. Fierce
Marjorie and Roy L. Furman
Jane and Budd Goldman
Margaret Lloyd Jemison
Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan
Isobel and Ronald Konecky
Bonnie Lautenberg
Lynn Staley and Marty Linsky
Sondra and David Mack
Patricia E. Martin
Janice and Steve Miller
Nora Ann Wallace and Jack Nusbaum
Pamela and Edward Pantzer
Joan and Joel I. Picket
Gary Retelny
Lisa and Michael Rome
Lauren Rose
Adam Rosen
Joshua Ruthizer
June and Paul Schorr III
Bernard Schwartz
Dagni and Martin Senzel
David Sgorbati
Leo Tick
Robbi and Bruce Toll
Howard Unger
The Waterfall Family Foundation / Susan Waterfall
Faye Wattleton

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Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization in New York with charitable solicitation registration in all required states. Our Federal ID number is 13-3888641. For more information, please visit jazz.org and  https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/.