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Thursday, March 17th, 2022

JALC Celebrates Charles Mingus Centennial with Performances in Rose Theater and Dizzy's Club, April 19-26

APRIL 19–26

Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis led by Vincent Gardner, Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, Mingus Orchestra, and leading college and conservatory ensembles

New York, NY (March 17, 2022) – In honor of bassist and composer Charles Mingus, whose 100th birthday would have been on April 22, 2022, Jazz at Lincoln Center will present a Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration to commemorate his legacy as a trailblazing composer, performer, and bandleader, and as a staunch advocate for social justice and education. The celebration, which will take place from April 19–26, will explore the many styles he experimented with, from swinging hard bop to Afro-Latin grooves, blues, and classical structures. The week-long celebration will trace the jazz luminary’s impact on generations of musicians with a series of performances spanning two stages and five ensembles, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and appearances by the namesake bands established by Sue Mingus following her husband’s death to carry on his musical legacy: the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra. These performances are presented in association with the Charles Mingus Institute and Jazz Workshop, Inc. 

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will honor the musical giant with concerts on April 22 and 23 at 8:00 p.m. in Rose Theater. With musical direction by JLCO trombonist Vincent Gardner, the performances will feature a collection of the wide-ranging and innovative works—from “Freedom” to “Don’t Be Afraid, The Clown’s Afraid Too”—that made Mingus one of the 20th century’s most beloved and influential composers of any genre. 

Gardner said of the program, “Charles Mingus’s music represents some of the most sincere and emotionally raw music in the jazz canon. His music always sounds to me as if something significant happened in his life or in society, and instead of yelling out in joy or pain, he wrote a song about it. It’s extremely rewarding to present music that conveys pure feeling to both the musician and listener.”

The celebrations continue at Dizzy’s Club, with highlights including the Grammy Award-winning Mingus Big Band on April 21, followed by the Mingus Dynasty on April 23 and the Mingus Orchestra on April 24. The Mingus legacy bands are the leading ensembles specializing in the composer’s vast repertoire, with an all-star lineup that originally featured many of Mingus’s own sidemen, including Randy Brecker, John Handy, Jimmy Knepper, and others. Decades later, his rich musical influence runs deep among a new generation of talents. Rounding out the program with up-and-coming young artists, the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra kicks off the celebration on April 19, and the Yale Jazz Ensemble concludes the festivities on April 26, commemorating the milestone anniversary with guest appearances by three leading contemporary Mingus interpreters: saxophonist Wayne Escoffery and trombonist Frank Lacy, both longtime members of the Mingus Big Band, and trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, who has toured and recorded extensively with the Mingus Orchestra.

Tickets for the Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration performances in Rose Theater are available at 2022.jazz.org/charles-mingus.

Tickets for Dizzy’s Club performances are available at jazz.org/dizzys.

Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, is located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York.


Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration

April 22-23, 2022 | 8:00 p.m.

One of the most important figures in jazz, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader, and genius composer. He performed with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and more, and his singular compositional voice led many to consider him as the heir apparent to Duke Ellington. A fierce advocate for musicians' rights and creative efforts, Mingus remains, nearly half a century after his passing, an inspiration for artists seeking to blaze their own trails.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis gives a centenary performance in honor of the great Charles Mingus with music direction by Vincent Gardner. With a blend of swinging hard bop, Afro-Latin grooves, and deeply felt blues that characterized Mingus's pen, this concert celebrates why Mingus’s music remains some of the most beloved of all time.

Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $40 and up dependent upon seating section.


Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra with Musical Director Jack Walrath

Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration

April 19, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Kicking off Jazz at Lincoln Center’s multi-night Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration, Manhattan School of Music’s (MSM) talented musicians perform the music of Charles Mingus in honor of his centennial. MSM’s programs of study for jazz arts majors are designed to develop skilled performers, composers, arrangers, and jazz educators in preparation for careers in jazz music. Systematic and rigorous conservatory training, combined with a myriad of performance and networking opportunities in New York City, makes this program one of the richest of its kind for emerging jazz musicians. 

Tuesday: $35

Students: $20

Mingus Big Band

Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration

April 21-22, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s multi-night Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration continues as the Grammy-winning Mingus Big Band performs the music of its namesake, composer/bassist Charles Mingus, as only they can. The Mingus Big Band first came together in 1991 and can regularly be seen in venues around New York City and the world, with eleven recordings to its credit. Every night of the Mingus Celebration will be a party as JALC presents four rollicking days of programming in association with the Charles Mingus Institute and Jazz Workshop, Inc.

Thursday: $45

Friday: $45

Students: $25

Mingus Dynasty

Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration

April 23, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

The Mingus Dynasty, a seven-piece all-star ensemble, was the first band Charles Mingus’s wife, Sue Mingus, organized after his death in 1979—collaborating with Mingus’s own sidemen to honor the life and work of the bassist and composer. The first Dynasty bands were expected to include only musicians who had actually performed with Mingus. Four decades later, the rich legacy of his music ignites the bandstand with a new generation of musicians who add their individual voices to celebrate and explore the hundreds of compositions by Charles Mingus.

Saturday: $45

Students: $25

Mingus Orchestra

Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration

April 24, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Assembled in 1999 by Sue Mingus, the 10-piece Mingus Orchestra plays with the intensity of Mingus Big Band, with a focus on composition and exploration of Mingus’s more unusually orchestrated works. Its distinctive sound and textures emerge from an expanded repertory and more exotic instrumentation including bassoon, bass clarinet, French horn, and guitar—instruments not heard in the Big Band, and mostly non-traditional to jazz and modern improvisational music. The other six instruments are chaired by musicians that also perform in Mingus Big Band, and include drums, bass, trombone, trumpet, alto and tenor saxophone, with additional doublings on flute, soprano, and clarinet.

Sunday: $35

Students: $25

The Yale Jazz Ensemble under direction of Wayne Escoffery with special guests Michael Philip Mossman and "Ku-Umba" Frank Lacy

Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration

April 26, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

The Yale Jazz Ensemble (YJE) is a 17-piece big band that performs a wide variety of music, from Yale’s Benny Goodman archive to the newest and most progressive jazz compositions. The ensemble has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, and tonight they make their anticipated return to Dizzy’s Club. This evening’s program, celebrating the legendary bassist and composer Charles Mingus, will feature three modern giants of jazz: saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, trombonist Frank Lacy, and trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, adding to the list of elite jazz musicians with whom this impressive student ensemble has played.

Tuesday: $40

Students: $25

Health and Safety Guidelines


We believe in the power of music to uplift, inspire, and create a sense of community and we are committed to employing all measures to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our artists and staff when visiting or working in the House of Swing.

Jazz at Lincoln Center requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a prerequisite to entering, visiting, and working in its facilities.

Beginning March 1, 2022, Jazz at Lincoln Center will require proof of a Covid booster shot for all those eligible in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We know that some people are not yet eligible to receive a booster because not enough time has passed since their most recent vaccination. For those people, two weeks must have passed since their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, or two weeks must have passed since receiving a single-dose vaccine, in order to enter the facility. Once a person becomes eligible for a booster, the booster will then be required for access.

For those that have recently become eligible, we will allow a two-week grace period for access to the facility. After the two weeks have passed, entry will not be allowed until the booster has been received. Recipients of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines become eligible for a booster five months after their second dose, and recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine become eligible two months after their single dose. Learn more about booster eligibility per the CDC here.

A few important reminders:

  • Vaccines are now available for children ages 5–11, and fully vaccinated children are welcome at Jazz at Lincoln Center two weeks after they have received their final dose. Photo ID for children under 12 will not be required if they are accompanied by parents/guardians with valid photo ID.
  • Negative Covid tests for audience members, including children, will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccination proof. 
  • You can learn more below (or click this link) about approved vaccines, booster requirements, and required face masks, as well as displaying proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster for entry, including Health Pass by CLEAR, Excelsior Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe App. 
  • In recognition of the great uncertainty created by the current health situation, we have expanded our exchange and refund policy to be as flexible and accommodating as possible. Find more details here.

Ticket Information


Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $40 and up dependent upon 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 in person at the Box Office, with a 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-Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

No weekend hours except on performance days.

Center Charge hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 p.m. 

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Each ticket purchase helps support Jazz at Lincoln Center.

To learn more about becoming a member, visit jazz.org/membership.

Additional information may be found at jazz.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/jazzatlincolncenter | Twitter: @jazzdotorg | Instagram: @jazzdotorg | YouTube: youtube.com/jalc | Livestream: jazz.org/live


All guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for Dizzy’s Club in-person performances. A limited number of walk-up tickets will be available on the night of each performance. 

In order to purchase tickets for Dizzy’s Club in-person performances, all guests are required to acknowledge and accept our COVID-19 Liability Wavier. The full waiver can be found here.

Upon completing your purchase, you will receive an email with your electronic tickets that must be shown at time of entry. You will also receive an email within 3-5 days of your show date that will contain all the information you need to know prior to your arrival at Dizzy's—including health and safety protocols and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s requirements for entry.

Should your plans change, Jazz at Lincoln Center has a very flexible refund and exchange policy that can be found here.

More information and tickets to Dizzy’s Club live and virtual performances are available only at jazz.org/dizzys.

Facebook: facebook.com/dizzysclub | Twitter: @jazzdotorg | Instagram: @jazzdotorg | 

YouTube: youtube.com/jalc | Livestream: jazz.org/live

Leadership support for Jazz at Lincoln Center is made possible through America's Cultural Treasures, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant through the leadership and support of Senator Charles E. Schumer and the New York Congressional Delegation.

Leadership support is also provided by an Anonymous Donor; Jody and John Arnhold; Mellody Hobson and George Lucas; and Dalio Philanthropies.

Major support is provided by Abrams Foundation; The Ambrose Monell Foundation; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; Howard Gilman Foundation, Inc.; Karen Pritzker/Seedlings Foundation; and William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

Generous Support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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

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