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2019 News

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

World Premiere of Kurt Elling's The Big Blind, March 1-2, 8pm, Rose Theater

New York, NY (January 30, 2019) - Jazz at Lincoln Center presents the world premiere of Kurt Elling’s The Big Blind, March 1-2 at 8pm in Rose Theater. The Grammy-winning vocalist delves into the world of musical theater with this original noir radio drama, co-written with Grammy-nominated songwriter Phil Galdston and inspired by true historic events. Set in the seedy underbelly of the 1950s Chicago nightclub scene, Elling stars as Jack Lewis, an up-and-coming jazz singer who faces the loss of his voice, both literally and figuratively, when his personal and professional choices upend his life. Exclusively for this premiere performance, Elling has assembled an all-star cast, including Broadway legend Ben Vereen who doubles as the story’s narrator and Lewis’ sax-playing mentor; NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater who brings her sultry stylings to the part of the requisite femme fatale; Broadway star and jazz chanteuse Allison Semmes (Motown the Musical, The Book of Mormon) as the young ingénue; and Foley artist Jeff Ward.

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Blue Engine Records Announces Betty Carter’s The Music Never Stops

New York, NY - January 29, 2019 - Blue Engine Records announces the release of some of the earliest material ever recorded by Jazz at Lincoln Center-jazz trailblazer and vocalist Betty Carter’s The Music Never Stops. This live performance at New York’s Aaron Davis Hall was recorded in 1992, six years before Carter’s untimely passing and during the early days of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Music Never Stops marks Carter’s first posthumous album as well as the artist’s first release composed entirely of previously unheard material in 22 years (the last being “I’m Yours, You’re Mine” in 1997). The first single from The Music Never Stops, “Tight! / Mr. Gentleman,” is available for streaming and download on all mass-market digital platforms on Friday, February 1. Betty Carter’s The Music Never Stops will be released, 27 years to the date of the historic performance, on March 29, 2019, is available for preorder on Amazon today.

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Saint Lucia Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center announce first-ever collaboration

New York, NY (January 25, 2019) - Through a first-time, one-of-a-kind collaboration, Saint Lucia Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center today announced plans for the 2019 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Renowned as the premier jazz festival in the Caribbean, the 2019 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center will feature the finest names in modern jazz performing in intimate venues and public settings throughout Saint Lucia from Sunday, May 5 through Sunday, May 12, 2019. Details about performances and more can be found on www.stlucia.org.

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Piano Master: The Oscar Peterson Story features a star-studded lineup in the Appel Room, Feb. 22-23

New York, NY (January 24, 2019) - For the special concert event Piano Master: The Oscar Peterson Story on February 22-23 at 7pm & 9:30pm in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room, six extraordinary pianists with deep connections to Oscar Peterson will perform a collection of the master pianist’s compositions -- some of which have never been heard -- and new originals written in Peterson’s honor.

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Jazz at Lincoln Center

New York, NY (January 7, 2018) - Jazz at Lincoln Center will be setting the mood for Valentine’s Day with a weeklong celebration of love and live music in two of the most romantic venues in New York City. In Rose Theater, 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves (February 15-16) will return to the House of Swing with her effortlessly powerful sound, and broad spectrum of sensual repertoire for the eighth consecutive Valentine’s Day celebration. Joining Reeves is her stellar ensemble - music director and pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Terreon Gully. Freddy Cole Quartet: Songs for Lovers (February 7-10) will kick off the week at Dizzy’s Club, followed by Kim Nalley: Love Songs (February 14-17); a special prix-fixe menu will be offered on Valentine’s Day.