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Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

Fall 2019 Concerts In Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, The Appel Room, and Dizzy’s Club

New York, NY ( July 24, 2019) — Jazz at Lincoln Center, now in its  32nd concert season, continues to present the highest quality in artistry and musicianship throughout its 29 programs in Rose Theater and The Appel Room, as well as in the hundreds of performances at Dizzy’s Club. This season is about big ideas and inspiring figures, and further exemplifies all jazz is modern, bridging gaps between people of all backgrounds and ages.

All performances take place at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street in New York City.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2019–20 season chronology is available online: jazz.org/2019-20-season.

Highlights of the fall 2019 season are as follows:


September 2–October 1 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. | Dizzy’s Club
The 2019 Generations in Jazz Festival marks the tenth anniversary of this Dizzy’s Club tradition. The festival kicks off on September 2 with Ruben Fox presents Ellingtonia featuring Joy Brown, Samara Joy, and Vuyo Sotashe and closes on October 1 with two Flip Side SessionsMathis Sound Orchestra (7:30 p.m.) and Endea Owens and the Cookout (9:30 p.m.). Lessons from Our Masters returns for three nights, September 4–6, with Frank Lacy’s Tromboniverse, Sheila Jordan/Steve Kuhn Duo, and Victor Lewis and the Josh Evans Quartet.The Big Band Mondays series of the month feature Miggy Augmented Orchestra (September 9), Oliver Lake Big Band (September 16), Theo Croker Big Brother Big Band with special guest Jazzmeia Horn (September 23), and Juan Andres Ospina Big Band (September 30). Additional highlights include Ted Nash Trio featuring Steve Cardenas and Ben Allison (September 3), Josh Lawrence & Fresh Cut Orchestra present “Philly Twisted”as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music (September 10–11), Citizens of the Blues (September 17), René Marie (September 19–22), and Buster Williams & Something More (September 26–28). The full lineup is available at jazz.org/dizzys.

September 12–14 | 8:00 p.m. | Rose Theater 
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis kicks off Opening Weekend in Rose Theater with a musical celebration of South African democracy, 25 years after Apartheid’s end. South Africa has long been a vibrant and unique jazz hub, and most of the featured guests helped shape the sound of jazz as a new South Africa was being born. Special guests include three New York-based South African vocalists—Nonhlanhla Kheswa, Melanie Scholtz, and Jazz at Lincoln Center fan-favorite Vuyo Sotashe—plus five top instrumentalists from South Africa: trumpeter Feya Faku, saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, vocalist and pianist Thandi Ntuli, and traditional multi-instrumentalist Tlokwe Sehume on vocals, guitar, ram’s horn, and percussion.
*Performances by Bokani Dyer and Hilton Schilder will take place at Dizzy’s Club from September 13-14 as part of this celebration of South Africa.

September 27–28 | 8:00 p.m. | Rose Theater
The Ogresse is a new musical journey created by vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, described as a dark and romantic “fairytale-like” story. Musical support comes from L’Orchestre LOgresse–a 13-piece chamber ensemble comprised of top-tier jazz musicians and the MIVOS string quartet–led by composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue. Audience members receive a copy of Salvant’s full handwritten libretto, including lyrics to The Ogresse, illustrations, and a few unusual cooking recipes preferred by the titular ogress.


October 5 | 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. | Rose Theater
Pianist, composer, and living legend Chick Corea has found endless delight in uncovering new musical wonders. Through acoustic and electric jazz, inspired duets, and all sorts of bold “fusions,” this musical explorer has remained one of the most popular figures in music, earning 24 Grammy Awards (and counting) while maintaining the deepest respect of his peers. This hour-long educational program, featuring young pianists Sean Mason, Micah Thomas, and Tyler Henderson, includes live performances of Chick’s game-changing music and tells the inspiring story of a lifelong dreamer who built a legacy alongside Miles Davis, Return to Forever, Herbie Hancock, Béla Fleck, and even the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

October 7–13 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. | Dizzy’s Club
Dizzy’s Club kicks off a weeklong celebration around what would have been Art Blakey’s 100th birthday on October 11–preceding the second installment of the festival later in the season. The Dizzy’s Club performances feature Ralph Peterson Gen-Next Big Band (October 7), Our Father Who Art Blakey Big Band (October 10), and The Jazz Messengers: The Legacy of Art Blakey led by Valery Ponomarev (October 11–12).

October 18–19 | 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. | The Appel Room
On top of being one of the world’s best saxophonists, tenor titan Joe Lovano is also one of the most restlessly creative leaders in music. His all-star septet features six artists from across the entire spectrum of jazz, each of them also a renowned composer, bandleader, and instrumentalist: pianist Kenny Werner, bassist John Patitucci, drummers Andrew Cyrille and Tyshawn Sorey, guitarist Liberty Ellman, and trumpeter Graham Haynes, plus the just-announced addition of vocalist Judi Silvano. This Appel Room performance marks the debut of the Joe Lovano Universal Jazz Ensemble.

October 25 | 7:00 p.m. | Rose Theater
October 26 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. | Rose Theater
Sesame Street
comes to Jazz at Lincoln Center for a swinging celebration of Sesame’s 50th anniversary. See beloved feathered and furry friends Elmo, Bert & Ernie, Big Bird, Rosita, Hoots the Owl, and more sing classic Sesame Street songs alongside the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. It’s hard to imagine Sesame Street without its music. Many of the jazz greats have visited Sesame Street over the past 50 years, introducing countless children to Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams, and many more. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s own Wynton Marsalis even visited Sesame Street a few times, playing “Take the A Train” with the Duck Ellington Orchestra and joining Hoots the Owl on “No Matter What Your Language (Our Music Can Be The Same).” Likewise, the JLCO has reimagined Sesame Street favorites as big band bonanzas, and this show features brand-new arrangements of Sesame Street gems.
Proudly presented in collaboration with Sesame Workshop.


November 1–2 | 8:00 p.m. | Rose Theater
Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates 50 years of ECM Records, rightfully called “one of the defining sound-worlds of the past half-century of recorded music” by the New Yorker. The show features an outstanding lineup of performers including Jack DeJohnette, Egberto Gismonti, Enrico Rava, Joe Lovano, Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer, Avishai Cohen, Meredith Monk, Bill Frisell, Larry Grenadier, Ravi Coltrane, Anja Lechner, Ethan Iverson,and Nik Bartsch. An independent label founded by visionary producer Manfred Eicher, this 50-year anniversary celebration is a proper salute to a record label that, with an unwavering commitment to quality, has contributed so uniquely and extensively to contemporary music.

November 15–16 | 8:00 p.m. | Rose Theater
Pianists Chucho Valdés and Chick Corea are two of the all-time greats, living legends as musically prolific now as ever. They have won more than 30 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards combined, while redefining modern music in the process. The first half of this concert is a master class in solo piano performance, with Valdés selecting and improvising pieces across a broad spectrum of Cuban, Afro-Latin, and jazz styles. Pianist Chick Corea then joins him in the second half for the pair’s first-ever performance together. These singular giants of jazz have spent their lives breaking new ground across musical traditions, and their debut collaboration will be as immensely entertaining as it is historic.

Presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival
November 21–23 | 8:00 p.m. | Rose Theater

Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with 70-piece gospel choir Chorale le Chateau, under the direction of Damien L. Sneed, Marsalis’ The Abyssinian Mass is a joyful celebration of togetherness and the human spirit. Commissioned in 2008 to honor the bicentennial of Harlem’s famed Abyssinian Baptist Church, The Abyssinian Mass has since become a best-selling record and been performed in packed concert halls and churches around the country. The unique masterpiece now returns exclusively to its hometown for three nights in the House of Swing.

November 26 – December 1 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. | Dizzy’s Club
November 28 | 7:00 p.m. only | Dizzy’s Club
Wycliffe Gordon, former star of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet, kicks off the holiday season to Dizzy’s Club for six nights, including a special performance on Thanksgiving Day. Named “Best Trombone” in the 2018 Downbeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2017 “Trombonist of the Year,” Wycliffe Gordon is the definition of a good time, and as Wynton Marsalis says, “just his presence is a creative experience.”


December 13–14 | 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. | The Appel Room
The Grammy Award–winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO),under the direction of drummer Adonis Rose, takes the sonic power and stylistic versatility of a big band, adds a healthy New Orleans emphasis on groove and accessibility, and applies it to an unusually expansive repertoire of originals, jazz staples, New Orleans classics, and pop, rock, R&B, and soul hits. Joining NOJO are vocalists René Marie and Davell Crawford.

December 18 | 7:00 p.m. | Rose Theater
December 19–21 | 8:00 p.m. | Rose Theater
December 22 | 2:00 p.m. | Rose Theater
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and music director Marcus Printup continue a beloved New York tradition with Big Band Holidays. Featuring soulful big band versions of classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Brazilian Sleigh Ride,” Big Band Holidays is an uplifting holiday program that plays to sold-out audiences every December. Big Band Holidays is renowned for showcasing some of the most exciting and charismatic vocalists on the scene, with recent editions including Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, René Marie, Vuyo Sotashe, Veronica Swift, and Catherine Russell. This year the smooth-as-silk baritone vocalist Denzal Sinclaire and supremely talented teenage phenomenon Alexis Morrast, winner of the nationally broadcast Showtime at the Apollo, join the JLCO as guest vocalists.

December 21–23 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. | Dizzy’s Club
December 24 | 7:00 p.m. only | Dizzy’s Club
Barry Harris is a living institution in jazz. For this special holiday run, Harris will celebrate his 90th birthday at Dizzy’s Club. An exemplary musician since the 1950s, he’s worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Max Roach, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Yusef Lateef. In addition to recording over 30 albums of his own across six decades, he has played on classic recordings like The Magnificent Thad Jones and Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder. As vital as ever, Harris is an example of what makes New York City the jazz capital of the world; his live performances are widely celebrated yet down-to-earth affairs, and his weekly jazz workshops have made him an invaluable educational resource for musicians.

December 26–30 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. | Dizzy’s Club
December 31 | 7:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. | Dizzy’s Club
Carlos Henriquez is the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s bassist and “an emerging master in the Latin jazz idiom.” (DownBeat)  Henriquez and his all-star nonet will ring in the New Year with a series of energetic concerts. Hailing from the Bronx, Henriquez is a rare virtuoso in both jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions and a vital voice in the infectious cultural fusion of Latin jazz. He has performed with greats like Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Celia Cruz since the age of 14, and he is a fan favorite both with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and as the leader of his own small groups. Henriquez regularly headlines concerts in The Appel Room and music directs shows in Rose Theater (including Rubén Blades’ historic performances with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), so these shows at Dizzy’s are an exciting opportunity to experience his talents from right up close.

Ticket Information
Subscriptions are currently available for all Rose Theater and Appel Room concert packages, with savings of up to 15% off regular ticket prices.

Becoming a subscriber is the best way to lock in the best seats at the guaranteed best prices for the entire season, as single ticket prices will increase based on demand as concerts approach. Plus, it’s risk-free: subscribers have the benefit of utilizing free, unlimited ticket exchanges throughout the season to manage their schedules. For maximum flexibility, subscribers can create their own customized concert series, called a TAKE 3,4,5 package, by choosing ANY three or more performances from throughout the season—across both venues—based on their own interests and schedules. TAKE 3,4,5 tickets come with a 10% discount off single ticket prices and unlock all subscriber benefits.

For more information on 2019–20 season subscriptions, visit jazz.org/subs. To order a subscription or to request information, please call the Subscription Services hotline at 212-258-9999, e-mail subscriptions@jazz.org, or visit jazz.org/subs.

Membership Discount
Jazz at Lincoln Center offers a robust Membership program with a wide array of benefits, including deep discounts on concert tickets. Individuals who join at the $100 level and above are eligible to receive VIP single ticket pre-sale access and discounted tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center-produced concerts in Rose Theater and The Appel Room on the day of the event. Tickets must be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office or online beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the day of the performance. Members must show their valid membership card or log in to jazz.org using their account credentials to receive this discount. Subject to availability. Learn more and sign up at jazz.org/membership.

Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $40 and up, depending on seating section, except for Jazz for Young People® tickets in Rose Theater, which are are $10, $20, or $25.

Ticket prices for The Appel Room 7:00 p.m. sets are $65 and up, depending on seating section, and are $45 and up for the 9:30 p.m. sets, depending on seating section.

Note: Hot Seats–$10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select performances in The Appel Room–are available for purchase by the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Tickets are subject to availability; please call 212-258-9877 for available Hot Seats performance dates.

Hot Seats are available only by walk-up at the Box Office; maximum of two tickets per person. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Hot Seats Ticket Discount Program is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

*Please note that a $3.50 Jazz at Lincoln Center Facility Fee applies to ALL ticket purchases, with the exception of $10 Hot Seats. A $7 handling fee also applies when purchasing tickets from CenterCharge or when purchasing tickets online via jazz.org.

All single tickets for The Appel Room and Rose Theater can be purchased through jazz.org 24 hours a day or through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor.

Box Office hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes past curtain)
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. noon to 6:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes past curtain).

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Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners:
  Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy,
 SiriusXM, and Steinway & Sons.

Generous support for the 2019-2020 Jazz at Lincoln Center Season is made possible in part by the Arnhold Family, Diana and Joe DiMenna, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ambrose Monell Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Press Inquiries:

Rebecca Kim
Assistant Director, Public Relations & External Communications
Jazz at Lincoln Center