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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2013-14 Season

For Immediate Release:  February 27, 2013

2013-14 SEASON

New York, NY (February 27, 2013)  Today Jazz at Lincoln Center announced its 2013-14 Concert and Education Season which boasts a diverse range of artistry and embodies the concept “all jazz is modern” (see attached chronology).  Compelling new programs, concerts, and series feature some of today’s finest musicians performing in Rose Theater, The Allen Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, which the Wall Street Journal called a “crowning achievement of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s remarkable rise from a three-concert 1987 series dubbed ‘Classical Jazz’ to a full constituent within Lincoln Center.”

The 2013-14 season opens on September 19-21 with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Ahmad Jamal.  Season productions include Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra collaborations with contemporary artists Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Mulgrew Miller, and Kurt Rosenwinkel in a new program entitled JLCO Hosts; premieres of new works by Victor Goines and Ted Nash; and first time Jazz at Lincoln Center appearances by international ensembles Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Pakistan’s Sachal Jazz Ensemble and Flamenco guitarist Tomatito.

Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the lives and music of living giants with Hugh Masekela:  Celebrating 75 Yearsin Rose Theater and George Wein: The Life of a Legend in The Allen Room.  The Dave Brubeck Festival features a host of artists paying homage to the great pianist and composer on each main stage at Frederick P. Rose Hall.      

Bill Frisell joins the organization as curator of the new Roots of Americana Series wherein Frisell and an array of guest musicians explore the intersections of rock, country, jazz and blues.  The new season also ushers in the A Side/B Side Series that spotlights two extraordinary contemporary artists over the course of one weekend in The Allen Room.  On each evening, two separate performances will take place, with one featured artist performing at 7pm, and a second featured artist performing at 9:30pm.  Tickets are sold separately for these events.  Vijay Iyer and the Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall Allen are among the many rising young musicians and established artists performing on the Jazz at Lincoln Center stages for the first time.

The remarkable Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis embarks on two new tours:  Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration U.S. Tour with Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed; and Big Band Holidays U.S. Tour with special guest Cécile McLorin Salvant.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Education initiatives continue to expand in 2013-14.  e-Jazz Academy, an online portal that provides informative and visually engaging educational video lessons accessible via web and mobile devices, launches this season.  Popular programs, including WeBop! for toddlers and Swing University for adults, continue in Frederick P. Rose Hall.  Newer programs for school-aged children extend to the outer boroughs and with new partners:  Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra in partnership with Carnegie Hall, and Jazz For Young People on Tour in public and charter schools throughout New York City.  The Essentially Ellington program continues to offer free and instant downloads of charts and resources to band directors worldwide.

In 2012-13, Jazz at Lincoln Center pioneered a new program allowing jazz fans worldwide free, easy access — on any computer or mobile device — to watch live, HD-quality webcasts from every hall in Frederick P. Rose Hall, located in the heart of Columbus Circle, and from the newly-opened Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha in Qatar.  The organization also pioneered a new collaborative model for artists whereby Jazz at Lincoln Center gives the audio and video rights of these webcasts to the artists who perform them.  The program exceeded expectations, with 36,000 viewer-hours watched by 42,000 unique visitors from 144 countries during the 6-month pilot program (of select performances) alone.  In the 2013-14 season, Jazz at Lincoln Center will deepen its commitment to this important new program by webcasting the majority of its concerts, and continuing to innovate and expand distribution and marketing partnerships to the benefit of jazz, the artists who play the music and venues globally who present it.  Click here for the latest schedule of upcoming live JALC webcast concerts.

“Our 25th anniversary gave us the opportunity to reflect on our many achievements.  This season is a response to that reflection,” said Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.  “We are affirming the quality and diversity of jazz in the now.  We will be featuring the music of Christian McBride, Vijay Iyer, and Cécile McLorin Salvant, and celebrating legends Ahmad Jamal and Dave Brubeck.  We will reflect on the career of pioneering jazz impresario George Wein and initiate a call for new standards with the original compositions of Carlos Henriquez and Guillermo Klein.  Always reaching out to the universe of great musicians whose music is inspired by jazz, we’re looking forward to playing with Pakistan’s Sachal Jazz Ensemble and welcoming legend Hugh Masekela for his 75th birthday.  As always, our centerpiece is the phenomenal musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.  Victor Goines and Ted Nash will premiere new music and the great arrangers in our band will write new arrangements for our contemporaries.   Jazz at Lincoln Center board, staff, artists, and partners aim to deliver on one promise this season:  everyone who comes to our hall will leave feeling good.”

Highlights of the 2013-14 season include:

  • OPENING NIGHTAhmad Jamal and Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Manolo Badrena and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra alumni Herlin Riley and Reginald Veal in Rose Theater.
  • NEW:  In JLCO Hostsconcerts, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is paired with Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, Mulgrew Miller and Kurt Rosenwinkel to collaborate on and celebrate those artists’ works.  
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s first time collaboration with Sachal Jazz Ensemble in Music of Pakistan; and JLCO Fresh Sounds premieres new music by Ted Nash and Victor Goines.
  • NEW:  Bill Frisell curates Roots of Americanaseries which includes Gershwin & Beyond, The Bristol Sessions,and Electric Guitar in America.
  • NEW:  A Side/B Side series features Vijay Iyer Trio/Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble with Ying Quartet, New Jazz Standards/Nuevo Jazz Latino and Jim Hall:  Modern Jazz Guitar/Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra in The Allen Room.
  • Dave Brubeck Festivalincludes Family Concert:  Who is Dave Brubeck, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Rose Theater, and Eric Reed in the New York City debut performance of “Real Ambassadors” in The Allen Room.    
  • Hugh Masekela:  Celebrating 75 Years in Rose Theater; George Wein:  The Life of a Legendand Sun Ra Turns 100:  Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshal Allen in The Allen Room.
  • Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration, Wynton Marsalis’ composition in honor of the Harlem church’s 200th anniversary, returns to Rose Theater with Jared Grimes and Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed.
  • Holiday Concerts:  Big Band Holidayswith the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Cécile McLorin Salvant in Rose Theater and Ring in the Swing: A New Year’s Eve Dance Party in The Allen Room. 
  • Valentine’s Day concerts feature Dianne Reeves.
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra; Bobby McFerrin; Tomatito: An Evening of Flamenco; and Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, Leo Genovese Quartet in Rose Theater
  • Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club; Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade in Ladies Sing the Blues; Joshua Redman Quartet; Beyond Jobim:  New Voices of Brazil; John Pizzarelli Quartet with special guest Jane Monheit in The Allen Room
  • Michael Feinstein curates the Jazz & Popular Song series and features Legends of the Jazz Age, Music of George Gershwin,and Music of Cole Porter in The Allen Room.
  • Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola hosts the fourth annual Generations In Jazz Festival in September.  Specialty programming in the club complement the season’s Dave Brubeck Festival, Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall Allen, Bobby McFerrin and Hugh Masekela concerts.  In addition to live sets nightly, Late Night Sessions take place on Tuesday-Saturday.  Vocalist Michael Mwenso hosts Late Night Sessions on Thursday and Saturday.  Access live webcasts of select Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola performances at 7:30pm and 9:30pm EST via jazz.org/live.
  • NEW Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Tours: European Tour in July, 2013; Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration U.S. Tour with Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed in October, 2013; Big Band Holidays U.S. Tour with special guest Cécile McLorin Salvant in December, 2013.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha continues to host world class jazz artists on its stage and in education programs around Doha, Qatar.
  • Jazz For Young People® family concerts:  Jazz Meets Gospelhosted by Damien Sneed, and Who is Dave Brubeck featuring Wynton Marsalis.
  • Education programming continues and expands: 
  • NEW:  e-Jazz Academy Online Learning offers students free online lessons with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members, family jazz activities, and jazz history lessons 
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra in partnership with Carnegie Hall 
  • Middle School Jazz Academy at Frederick P. Rose Hall and in Brooklyn
  • Expanded WeBop class offerings at Frederick P. Rose Hall
  • Jazz for Young People on Tour in New York City schools



Beginning today, subscriptions will be available for renewal for all Rose Theater and The Allen Room packages (subscription packages offer a 10-15% discount on all single ticket prices).  To ensure retention of their same seats, current subscribers may renew today through April 12.  New subscriptions may be purchased beginning April 9. 

The new Take 3, 4, 5 Series offers subscribers the flexibility and freedom to choose any performance in Rose Theater or The Allen Room.  Subscribers can choose three, four, five or as many as ten concerts at a 10% discount.  Exceptions may apply.

The Hang Set is a subscription series for under-40 social urbanites that offers a three-concert package at one great price.  Featuring pre-concert parties with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and concert tickets, the Hang Set is an excellent opportunity for culturally-savvy young professionals to mingle and hear great music.  For more details on how to become a Hang Set member, please visit jazz.org/hangset.  

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 at a later date based on demand.
To order a subscription beginning April 9 or to request information, please call the Subscription Services hotline at 212-258-9999, e-mail subscriptions@jazz.org, or visit jazz.org/subs

For more information on 2013-14 season subscriptions, go to jazz.org/subs.

Membership Discount
Jazz at Lincoln CenterMembers (individuals who donate $50 or more to JALC) receive 50% off tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center produced shows in Rose Theater and The Allen Room on the day of the event.  Tickets must be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln CenterBox Office.  Members must show their valid membership card to receive this discount.  Limit two discounted tickets per member.  Subject to availability. 

Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $10, $30, $50, $75, $95 or $120 dependent upon seating section, except where noted below:
- Jazz for Young People® tickets in Rose Theater are $12, $20 or $28
- Ticket prices for The Allen Room are $75 or $55, dependent on seating section for the 7pm sets and $65 or $45, dependent on seating section for the 9:30pm sets. 
- Ticket prices for Jazz & Popular Song shows are $55, $75 or $95.
- Ticket prices for Ring In The Swing:  A New Year’s Eve Dance Party are $325 per person and include live music, open bar, and Southern style buffet dining.

Note: Hot Seats, $10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select 9:30pm performances in The Allen Room (excluding Jazz & Popular Song concerts), are available for purchase to the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance.  Subject to availability. Available only for select Allen Room shows; please call 212-258-9800 for available Hot Seats performance dates.

Hot Seats are available only by walk up at the Box Office.  Maximum of two tickets per person.

*Please note that a $2.00 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 a $6 handling fee applies when purchasing tickets via jazz.org.

-Swing University classes are $125 -$250.

All single tickets for The Allen Room and Rose Theater can be purchased through jazz.org 24 hours a day or CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10am to 9pm.  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 from 10am to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain) and Sunday from noon to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain). 

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, one of the three main performance venues located in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, produces world-class jazz performances nightly and welcomes locals and visitors alike to enjoy the city’s best music, food and libations.  The intimate 140-seat jazz club is set against a glittering backdrop with spectacular views of Central Park. There are student rates and special Monday Night Presentations.  Tony Bennett calls Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola “the best jazz room in the city.”  Reservations: 212-258-9595 or 212-258-9795 and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

Single tickets go on sale August 12. 

MasterCard® cardholders receive special benefits throughout Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new season, including a pre-sale purchase opportunity of concert tickets from July 29-August 11, 2013; 5% off single tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts in Rose Theater and The Allen Room; and 10% off in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (offers subject to change).*
Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners: Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, HSBC Bank, Qatar Airways, MasterCard, The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center, and SiriusXM.

MasterCard® is the Preferred Card of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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*Offers subject to change


Jazz at Lincoln Center

JULY 2013

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis tours Europe


Generations In Jazz Festival in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Ahmad Jamal & Wynton Marsalis (Opening Weekend)
Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Ahmad Jamal, Herlin Riley, Reginald Veal
September 19-21, 2013
Rose Theater, 8pm
Exactly five years after he launched the 2008-09 Jazz at Lincoln Center Season, grandmaster pianist and NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal, still in prime form in his ninth decade, does the same for the 2013-14 edition. A leading architect of Miles Davis’ ‘50s quintet and a universal influence on piano trio vocabulary through his use of real-time cues, bass vamps, and intoxicating rhythms, Jamal will embed his quartet, comprising Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra alumni Reginald Veal (bass) and Herlin Riley (drums), along with Manolo Badrena (percussion), within the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. They will perform new arrangements of his works that employ Jamal’s innovative conception.
Tickets Start at $30

Gershwin & Beyond 
Featuring Bill Frisell, Sam Amidon, Jason Moran, Alicia Hall Moran
September 20-21, 2013
The Allen Room, 7pm & 9:30pm

In presenting Gershwin & Beyond, the first of the three concerts he’s curating for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Roots of Americana series during the 2013-14 season, guitar icon Bill Frisell’s intention is, in his words, “to explore the beginnings of American music—the backbone—up through George Gershwin and beyond.” To join him in this endeavor, which will span music by William Billings, Stephen Foster, and Charles Ives, as well as  Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Frisell is joined by three fellow master deconstructionists of American vernacular song—vocalist-banjoist-guitarist-pianist-fiddler Sam Amidon, pianist-composer Jason Moran from the Bandwagon, and mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran.
Tickets Start at $45


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis tours Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration throughout East Coast, Southeast, Midwest U.S. with Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed

George Wein: The Life of a Legend
Featuring Howard Alden, Randy Brecker, Anat Cohen, Lewis Nash, Lew Tabackin and Peter Washington
October 3-4, 2013
The Allen Room, 7pm

If he hadn’t decided to invent the modern jazz festival fifty-nine years ago in Newport, Rhode Island, George Wein might have become better known for his skills on the piano. Still going strong in his ninth decade, Wein celebrates his 88th birthday in The Allen Room with the latest in a long string of all-star groups, featuring tenor saxophonist Lew Tabackin, trumpeter Randy Brecker, clarinetist Anat Cohen, guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lewis Nash.  With New York Times jazz journalist (and Wein’s biographer) Nate Chinen hosting the proceedings, Wein will swing firmly in the here-and-now, and retrospect on his life and times with stories and photos from his personal collection.
Tickets Start at $65

Sun Ra Turns 100: Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall Allen
October 5, 2013
The Allen Room, 7pm & 9:30pm

To celebrate the centenary of Sun Ra (May 22, 1914-May 30, 1993), born Herman Blount in Birmingham, Alabama, Jazz at Lincoln Center turns over The Allen Room to the Arkestra that the sui generis musical eccentric organized sixty years ago as a platform to render a vision that simultaneously drew on the ancient and the modern. Sun Ra incorporated elements drawn from black vaudeville, modern dance, Egyptian cosmology, Eastern philosophy, numerology, surrealism, kitsch, and the Bible to serve a corpus that deployed African rhythms, atonal melodies, electronic timbres, raw blues expression, unfailing swing, and one-for-all discipline drawn from the big bands that Ra internalized in his youth. Sun Ra lives on in the current edition of the Arkestra, led by alto saxophonist-woodwindist Marshall Allen, who entered Sun Ra’s orbit in the latter ‘50s, and is himself approaching his tenth decade. It will be a show to remember.
Tickets start at $45

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club  
Featuring Omara Portuondo, Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal, Barbarito Torres, Eliades Ochoa

October 11-12, 2013
Rose Theater, 8pm

Since the aggregation of Cuban all-stars known as the Buena Vista Social Club last visited the United States, in 2003, such iconic founding members as guitarist-vocalist Compay Segundo, vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer, and pianist Rubén González have passed away. On this weekend’s engagement in Rose Theater, the current 13-piece iteration—featuring first-generation luminaries like vocalist Omara Portuondo, trumpeter Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal, laúd player Barbarito Torres, and trombonist-vocalist Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, and recent recruits like singer Carlos Calunga and pianist Rolando Luna—animates the various stylistic tributaries that feed Cuba’s extraordinary 20th century musical legacy with passion, taste, and an "it's all modern" sensibility.
Tickets Start at $30

Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration  
Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Chorale Le Chateau, Damien Sneed  
October 24-26, 2013
Rose Theater, 8pm

Since Wynton Marsalis composed and recorded In This House, On This Morning two decades ago, he has remained committed to projecting a theme of universal humanism—and raising a joyful noise—while reflecting the form of the African American church service. Never has Marsalis coalesced the codes of sacred and secular expression more successfully than with the 2008 extended work Abyssinian Mass, commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street in Harlem. This weekend, Jazz at Lincoln Center revisits this masterwork in Rose Theater, augmenting the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with the 70-voice gospel choir, Chorale Le Chateau, conducted by Damien Sneed and a tap dancer.
Tickets start at $30


Ladies Sing The Blues
Featuring Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, Charenee Wade, Vince Giordano
November 8-9, 2013
The Allen Room, 7pm & 9:30pm

Ample doses of soul-searing real talk and late night innuendo will fill the air, as vocalists Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade channel the independent, liberated spirits of 1920s blues divas Bessie Smith (“the Empress of The Blues”), Mamie Smith (“the Queen of the Blues”), and Ma Rainey (“the Mother of the Blues”), and of the legendary “cakewalking baby” crossover singer Ethel Waters. Framed by idiomatic arrangements from the era culled by Music Director Vince Giordano, these here-and-now exemplars of blues royalty will address this important strain of American music from a 21st century perspective.
Tickets Start at $45

Family Concert: Jazz Meets Gospel  
Featuring Damien Sneed
November 9, 2013

Rose Theater, 1pm & 3pm
A mainstay of Jazz at Lincoln Center programming since the early ‘90s, the popular Jazz for Young People Series teaches key musical concepts and other fundamentals via hour-long, interactive, family-friendly concerts that illuminate the subject at hand with a light, amusing touch. The subject of the first of two family concerts of the 2013-14 season is “Jazz Meets Gospel,” in which the dynamic young pianist and conductor Damien Sneed explores the deep and soulful connections between these two iconic genres, which such timeline-spanning giants as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Wynton Marsalis have synthesized in works that rank with the finest of their respective canons.
Tickets Start at $12

Music From Pakistan
Featuring Sachal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
November 22-23, 2013
Rose Theater, 8pm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis collaborate with the Sachal Jazz Ensemble, master musicians from Pakistan who incorporate ancient instruments, such as sitar, sarod, tabla, and dholak with the sounds and rhythms of iconic jazz repertoire. This collaboration is JALC’s latest installment in a string of cross-cultural investigations, touching upon Ghana and Spain, among others, through which the organization actualizes its mission to make jazz available globally by interfacing the sounds of jazz, grounded firmly in American values of blues and swing expression, with an international array of musical languages and configurations. 2012 Oscar-winning film director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is currently filming a documentary about this remarkable ensemble, and these performances will be filmed as the conclusion of the 2014 film release.
Tickets Start at $30

Jim Hall: Modern Jazz Guitar/ Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra
November 22-23, 2013
Featuring John Abercrombie, Peter Bernstein, Scott Colley, Jim Hall, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter
Jim Hall Trio: November 22, 7pm; November 23, 9:30pm

Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra: November 22, 2013: 9:30pm; November 23, 7pm
The Allen Room
At 82, the universally influential guitarist Jim Hall, recently appointed Chevalier by France’s prestigious Order of Arts and Letters, remains committed to experimentation and boundary-breaking in his musical production. Hall performs with his exemplary trio (Scott Colley on bass and Lewis Nash on drums) and in two- or three-guitar configurations with Peter Bernstein and John Abercrombie, both distinguished acolytes from subsequent generations. For the “B side” performance, protean saxophonist Chris Potter, whose plugged-in Underground quartet is one of the freshest units of jazz today, will present an expanded version with acoustic elements.
Tickets Start at $45


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis tours Big Band Holidays Southeast, East Coast U.S. 

Big Band Holidays  
Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, C
écile McLorin Salvant
December 12-14, 2013, 8pm
December 14, 2013, 2pm
Rose Theater

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs choice instrumental arrangements from the books of such key Swing Era units as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey. Performing the band singer function is the sensational 23-year-old 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose ability to refract the styles of such iconic performers of that era as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Valaida Snow with 21st century freshness, expressivity, and soulfulness gives new meaning to Marsalis’ mantra “all jazz is modern.”
Ticket s Start at $30


JLCO Fresh Sounds: Ted Nash & Victor Goines
Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

January 17-18, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm

On this evening, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents new, commissioned works by reed section members Ted Nash, a key contributor since 1999, and Victor Goines, who has been with JALC since the beginning. Following his acclaimed 2007 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra release Portrait In Seven Shades, Nash leads the band through a new suite entitled “The Presidential Suite,” comprising six pieces inspired, he relates, by “important and inspiring speeches by world leaders” that “use the intonation—the ups and downs of the voice—to form the thematic material, and the spirit and message to shape the intensity of the arrangements.”  For the occasion, Goines presents “Crescent City,” a meditation on New Orleans, his home town.  The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra serves as the basis and context of these new works.
Tickets Start at $30

Bill Frisell: The Bristol Sessions
Featuring Bill Frisell, Buddy Miller and Carrie Rodriguez
January 17-18, 2014
The Allen Room, 7pm & 9:30pm

Coinciding with New York Guitar Festival Week, the second installment of Bill Frisell’s Roots of Americana series features the eminent guitarist with singer-guitarist-songwriter Buddy Miller, with whom he collaborated on the 2011 CD Majestic Silver Strings, and vocalist-fiddler Carrie Rodriguez, out of Austin, Texas, with whom he toured in early 2012 after guesting on two recordings documenting her long-haul duo partnership with “Wild Thing” scribe Chip Taylor.  After they celebrate the moment that is thought of as the beginning of “country” music—the 1927 recordings in Bristol, Tennessee where The Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers recorded for the first time—things will, Frisell states, “just go on from there.”
Tickets Start at $45

Bobby McFerrin: spirityouall
Featuring Bobby McFerrin
January 24-25, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm

Appearing at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the second consecutive season, Bobby McFerrin presents a performance that springboards off his new recording spirityouall, on which the sui generis vocalist re-imagines the American tradition, both via iconic songs like "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" and "Every Time I Feel The Spirit" and with original tunes that explore his everyday search for grace, wisdom, and freedom. On this project, McFerrin—joined by his band and backup singers, while inviting extensive audience participation—brings to the party his roots in rock, folk, funk, and bluegrass, without abandoning his fearless improvisational approach or his never-ending exploration of the human voice.
Tickets Start at $30

Vijay Iyer Trio/Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble with Ying Quartet  
January 24-25, 2014
Vijay Iyer Trio: January 24, 2014, 7pm; January 25, 9:30pm
Bill Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble: January 24, 2014, 9:30pm; January 25, 7pm
The Allen Room

Featuring Brian Blade, Billy Childs, Scott Colley, Stephen Crump, Marcus Gilmore, Vijay Iyer and the Ying String Quartet
For this weekend’s installment of the A Side, B Side series, Vijay Iyer and Billy Childs, each a virtuoso pianist and composer of originality and broad scope in his own right, present their respective conceptions on separate shows. A front-runner in numerous critics’ polls in recent years, Iyer undertakes his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut with his working trio of bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore. A three-time GRAMMY® winner, Childs makes his first Jazz at Lincoln Center appearance since an October 2004 performance celebrating the opening of Frederick P. Rose Hall. For round two, he deploys a quartet with all-stars Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums, augmented by the Ying String Quartet.
Tickets Start at $45


Joshua Redman Quartet 
Featuring Aaron Goldberg, Gregory Hutchinson, Joshua Redman and Reuben Rogers
February 7-8, 2014
The Allen Room, 7pm & 9:30pm

Whether the instrument in question is the tenor or soprano saxophone, Joshua Redman, now entering his third decade as a professional improviser, is as individualistic a voice as his generation has produced. This weekend, Redman, a thematic improviser par excellence, showcases his extraordinary tone, and his penchant for creating elegant melodies within challenging structures and infusing them with emotional content. Propelling the flow and detailing the nuances are his working quartet—pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, each a partner of long-standing.
Tickets Start at $45

Dave Brubeck Festival: Family Concert: Who is Dave Brubeck?  
Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

February 8, 2014
Rose Theater, 1pm & 3pm

When his sons—who themselves would become professional musicians—were young, the late great pianist-composer Dave Brubeck (1920-2012), whose mother was a piano teacher, used a variety of approaches to instruct them, among them disguising himself as an mustached, absent-minded alter ego by the name of Professor Nooseknocker. For its second Jazz For Young People concert of the 2013-14 season, Jazz at Lincoln Center brings out the heavy artillery—the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis—to bring forth its own two decades of experience in presenting interactive, amusing, family-friendly shows to introduce and illuminate Brubeck’s extraordinary life to young and old alike.
Tickets Start at $12

Dianne Reeves
February 14-15, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm  

“Grandeur with refinement,” The New York Times wrote, describing the impact of Dianne Reeves’ February 2012 performance in Rose Theater. On her return to Jazz at Lincoln Center for Valentine’s Day, the four-time GRAMMY®-winner will demonstrate that no singer is better equipped to captivate and seduce you with songs of love and romance. Her astonishing instrument is a given, but even more impressive is her refusal to hide behind it—with nuanced restraint and dynamics, she unfailingly inhabits every story she spins in song.
Tickets Start at $30

JLCO Hosts Mulgrew Miller & Kenny Garrett
Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Garrett
February 21-22, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm

For the first of two JLCO Hosts concerts of the 2013-14 season, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist-arrangers Chris Crenshaw and Vincent Gardner bring their skills to the tunes of pianist Mulgrew Miller and alto and soprano saxophonist Kenny Garrett, whose paths have intersected during tenures of varying length with Mercer Ellington, Woody Shaw, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. As both masters have primarily focused on small ensembles in presenting their respective voices over the last two decades (Miller with the Wingspan combo—with which Garrett has recorded—and a series of crackling trios; Garrett in quartet and trio contexts after a long run with Miles Davis), it will be fascinating to hear them interact with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis’ unique sound and sensibility.
Tickets Start at $30

Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, Leo Genovese Quartet
Cécile McLorin Salvant opens. 
February 28-March 1, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm

To headline this evening’s performance, Jazz at Lincoln Center convenes a cooperative all-star quartet representing three generations, including 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette on drums; serial poll-winner Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone, tarogato, and aulochrome; 2011 “Best New Artist” GRAMMY® Award winner Esperanza Spalding on bass, and Argentinean born pianist Leo Genovese. They will undoubtedly fulfill DeJohnette’s stated dictum of being “open, prepared for the unexpected, and willing to follow that where it takes us and coming up with something that’s different and also makes sense and communicates.” Opening the proceedings is the 23-year-old Mack Avenue recording artist Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose timeless conception of jazz and blues expression spans Bert Williams, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, and Abbey Lincoln - styles she refracts in her own argot.
Tickets Start at $30

MARCH 2014

Maria Schneider Orchestra
March 14-15, 2014
The Allen Room, 7pm & 9:30pm

Maria Schneider is a chance-taker who has complete control over what she does, and has her own voice,” the late Bob Brookmeyer once said of the two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, who brings her 17-member collective, comprised of New York A-listers, into The Allen Room for her first Jazz at Lincoln Center appearance since 2003. As always, the eminent composer-arranger will present her singular conception—lyrical, intricately woven, sensuous pieces, highlighted with ravishing instrumental colors and textures, threaded together with harmonic language that embeds the soloists into her sonic world while allowing their stylistic idiosyncrasies to flourish.
Tickets Start at $45

Tomatito In Concert: An Evening of Flamenco
Featuring Tomatito
March 15, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm

In partnership with the Flamenco Festival of New York, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents a nonet led by the magisterial Andalusian Gitano guitarist Tomatito, whose thrilling conception blends the earthy sound of classical flamenco and the sophisticated harmonic template of modern jazz. A teenage protégé of the legendary cantante Camarón de la Isla and the iconic guitarist Paco DeLucia, Tomatito—whose 2010 release Sonanta Suite earned him his second Latin GRAMMY® Award—is a key figure in coalescing flamenco vocabulary with North African and Afro-Caribbean idioms, and in extending flamenco’s range via consequential collaborations.
Tickets Start at $30

Beyond Jobim: New Voices of Brazil  
Featuring Clarise Assad
, Luísa Maita
March 21-22, 2014
The Allen Room, 7pm & 9:30pm

On this evening in The Allen Room, vocalists Luísa Maita and Clarice Assad present their personal refractions of the various streams of Brazilian musical expression. Named for the protagonist of Tom Jobim’s iconic “Ana Luísa” and thoroughly rooted in the Great Brazilian Songbook, Maita offers a 21st century take on the tropes of samba and bossa nova with a suite of original songs on Lero-Lero, her 2010 debut. A visionary composer and virtuoso pianist who draws on Villa-Lobos and Hermeto Pascoal in equal measure, and a overall practitioner of vocalese, Assad is as comfortable performing with a symphony orchestra as with her ancient-to-future unit Off The Cliff, which, as she puts it, “uses different combinations of instruments from song to song so that it never sounds the same.”
Tickets Start at $45

APRIL 2014

Hugh Masekela: Celebrating 75 Years
Featuring Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo
April 4-5, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm

To celebrate his 75th birthday, the legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and lyricist  Hugh Masekela presents a retrospective extravaganza in which, joined by associates from various stages of his career and very special guests including vocalist Angelique Kidjo, he explores his fascination with hardcore American jazz and his deep roots in the Zulu folkloric strains that coalesced into the mbaqanga township dance bands music of his homeland, from which he was exiled between 1960 and 1990. As is Masekela’s custom, personal considerations will operate in the context of his ongoing quest to document, as he puts it, “the amazing diversity and unfathomable excellence of the African diaspora’s cultural heritage.”
Tickets Start at $30

Dave Brubeck Festival:  The Life & Music of Dave Brubeck
Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
April 10-12, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm

Over the course of his extraordinarily productive 92 years, more than seventy of them spent as a professional musician, Dave Brubeck (1920-2012), who became a household name when Time magazine placed his picture on its cover in 1954, served his country in World War II, studied with the composer Darius Milhaud, wrote several hundred songs for a series of constantly working quartets propelled by his distinctive piano voice, composed numerous extended works—operas, oratorios, ballets, suites—that bespoke his continued artistic growth, performed as a solo pianist, and, after 2000, devoted consequential time to the prestigious Brubeck Institute at the University of Pacific, his alma mater. This evening in Rose Theater, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis explores Brubeck’s legacy with fresh arrangements of his corpus that illuminate the maestro's breadth and scope.
Tickets Start at $30

Dave Brubeck Festival: The Real Ambassadors
Featuring Eric Reed
April 11-12, 2014
The Allen Room, 7pm & 9:30pm

Towards the end of the 1950s, when he was at the height of his fame, pianist-composer Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) and his wife Iola, in collaboration with Louis Armstrong, drew on their respective experiences spreading American culture and music around the world at the behest of the U.S. State Department to create a jazz musical titled The Real Ambassadors. Brubeck’s and Armstrong’s groups coalesced—together with singer Carmen McRae and the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Bevan—to record the soundtrack in December 1961, and to perform at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival. Pianist Eric Reed, an alumnus of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, music-directs a restaging of this still-topical masterwork, which addressed the civil rights movement and includes Iola Brubeck’s classic lyric “They Say I Look Like God.”
Tickets Start at $45

The Music of George Gershwin
Featuring Michael Feinstein

April 23, 2014, 7pm
April 24, 2014, 7pm & 9pm

The Allen Room
“George Gershwin clearly wanted to expose himself to and explore as many different genres or forms as possible,” says pianist Marcus Roberts, whose reimagined version of “Rhapsody In Blue” was a highlight of Michael Feinstein’s 2006 Gershwin tribute in Rose Theater, for which the singer-pianist-historian convened A-list luminaries from the worlds of musical theater, cabaret, popular song, jazz, and classical music to celebrate the indestructible works of this giant of American song. For this year’s follow-up, Feinstein hones in on the maestro’s deep connection to jazz, both in his personal roots and influences (Gershwin was a formidable stride pianist, whose first-hand gurus were Lucky Roberts and James P. Johnson) and through his audacious themes and ingenious chord sequences, which thousands of musicians have used as jumping off points for classic improvisations.
Tickets Start at $75

MAY 2014

The Music of Cole Porter 
Featuring Michael Feinstein
May 14, 2014, 7pm
May 15, 2014, 7pm & 9pm

The Allen Room
The second installment of Michael Feinstein’s Jazz and Popular Song series at Jazz at Lincoln Center focuses on the genius of Cole Porter, who, Feinstein notes, “was in that rare echelon of songwriters who supplied both words and music.”  Feinstein himself is ideally suited to interpret Porter’s archly comic, ambiguous, pointed lyrics and to execute his memorable melodies, several dozen of which have inspired generations of jazzfolk to improvise at the highest level. “Mr. Porter didn’t go out and get loaded because of an arrangement somebody else made of his music,” Feinstein quotes Frank Sinatra. “It made no difference to him, as long as the song was done in its entirety.”
Tickets Start at $75

New Jazz Standards /Nuevo Jazz Latino
New Jazz Standards features Reid Anderson, Eric Harland, Carla Kihlstedt, Guillermo Klein, Bill McHenry
May 16, 2014, 7pm; May 17, 9:30pm
Nuevo Jazz Latino features Carlos Henriquez, Pedrito Martinez, Dafnis Prieto, Yosvany Terry, Elio Villafranca
May 16, 2014: 9:30pm; May 17, 7pm
The Allen Room

On a program that may impel those of the opinion that 21st century jazz doesn’t concern itself with melodic values to question their assumptions, Instrumental Songwriters—convened under the auspices of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new A Side, B Side series—presents two all-star ensembles, whose members each contribute new songs composed specifically for that personnel. One show features a unit with, among others, Bad Plus bassist Reid Anderson, the pianist-bandleader Guillermo Klein and other guests to be announced. The other group, which has a decidedly Afro-Cuban orientation, includes Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist Carlos Henriquez, a Bronx native, and four brilliant Cubans—pianist Elio Villafranca, saxophonist Yosvany Terry, drummer (and MacArthur Award winner) Dafnis Prieto, and conguero-vocalist Pedrito Martinez.
Tickets Start at $45

JLCO Hosts Christian McBride & Kurt Rosenwinkel (Jazz Jam Series)
Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Kurt Rosenwinkel 
May 23-24, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm

For the second “JLCO Hosts” concert of the 2013-14 season, music director Wynton Marsalis and drummer Ali Jackson present the compositions of a pair of Philadelphia-born, post-Boomer virtuosos— bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. For Jackson, Rosenwinkel’s JALC debut will culminate a musical relationship that began two decades ago at Smalls in Greenwich Village, where Rosenwinkel refined his individualistic guitar sound and influential compositional concept, blending dense harmonies, gorgeous melodies, and complex forms with, as Jackson states, “a very conscious and present understanding of the blues and what the blues are in jazz music.” Himself the leader of a big band that earned a 2012 GRAMMY® Award, McBride will continue a relationship with JALC that began in 1995 (not long after he’d emerged as an all-time great on his instrument), when Marsalis, whom he met in high school during the latter ‘80s, commissioned him to write “Bluesin’ in Alphabet City.” The full Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra appears.
Tickets Start at $30

John Pizzarelli Quartet with Jane Monheit  
Featuring Jane Monheit, John Pizzarelli
May 30-31, 2014
The Allen Room, 7pm & 9:30pm

Soulful elegance, virtuoso musicianship, melodic creativity, and unfailing swing will be operative during this meeting of John Pizzarelli and Jane Monheit, each a world-class communicator of an encyclopedic array of American—and other—popular song styles. A formidable practitioner of the 7-string guitar and the most conversational of singers, Pizzarelli addresses, in his own manner, repertoire associated with, among others, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and the Beatles. Known for her extraordinary vocal instrument since she burst on the scene in her early twenties, Monheit has steadily matured, consistently following Rosemary Clooney’s exhortation “to keep telling the truth, because everybody knows the difference.”
Tickets Start at $45

JUNE 2014

Modern Ellington  
Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
June 5-7, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm

No musician more aptly represents the Jazz at Lincoln Center mantra, “all jazz is modern,” than Duke Ellington, who, as Wynton Marsalis once remarked, deals with the same thing—blues, call-and-response, certain types of voicing, the antiphonal relationship between brass and woodwinds, mood pieces, shuffles—from “Black and Tan Fantasy” (1927) through the “New Orleans Suite” (1970). Marsalis has spent many years pondering the question, “What does Duke’s development teach us in terms of the sustained seriousness of his art?” He’ll offer some of his conclusions on this evening’s program at the Rose Theater, on which the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra both draws from its already deep well of Ellingtonia and conjures new arrangements that illuminate the depth and complexity of the maestro’s all-modernistic-all-the-time corpus.
Tickets Start at $30

The Electric Guitar in America  
Featuring Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wolleson
June 6-7, 2014

7pm & 9:30pm
The Allen Room
Always on the lookout for opportunities to “dig around for where I’m coming from,” Bill Frisell concludes this year’s Roots of Americana series in The Allen Room with an homage to his roots in the instrumental popular music made “right at the birth of the Fender Telecaster guitar” that, he recalls, “got me super fired up” about his instrument of choice. Joined by fellow guitar master Greg Leisz and trio partners Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wolleson on drums, Frisell will reference, among other things, the amphetamine-driven surf music of legendary plectrists Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, and Dick Dale, country icons Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, and groups like the Astronauts, the Ventures, and the Wrecking Crew. As on all Frisell projects, the proceedings will be, he understates, “rich with possibility.”
Tickets Start at $45

Legends of the Jazz Age  
Featuring Michael Feinstein
June 11, 2014, 7pm
June 12, 2014, 7pm & 9pm
The Allen Room

No living entertainer knows the ins and outs of the music of the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression more thoroughly than the erudite, charismatic singer-pianist Michael Feinstein. For the third and final concert of his Jazz and Popular Song series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2013-14 season, Feinstein explores the respective oeuvres of that era’s most popular performers, among them Louis Armstrong, Mildred Bailey, Sophie Tucker, Fats Waller, Ethel Waters, and Lee Wiley, whose collective repertoire includes some of the most enduring classics—but also no small number of off the beaten track nuggets—of the Great American Songbook canon.
Tickets Start at $75


Swing University

Whether you are new to the music or seek to deepen your knowledge, Swing University offers students of all ages a chance to learn about jazz from the musicians who make it and the scholars who study it. Hear your favorite music anew as JALC curator Phil Schaap and other jazz experts share insights, expertise, and tall tales as they lead classes through jazz’s storied past.

Fall Term: September– December, 2011
Jazz 101 with Phil Schaap
Jazz 201 with Phil Schaap
Lennie’s Listening Lessons with pianist/educator Connie Crothers
Dizzy Gillespie with Boo Frazier, nephew of Dizzy’s Gillespie

Winter Term: January-March, 2012
Jazz 201 with Phil Schaap
Monk with bassist/educator Larry Ridley
Jazz 301 with Phil Schaap

Spring Term: March-May, 2012
Jazz 301 with Phil Schaap
Free Jazz with historian/record producer Ben Young
Jazz 101 with Phil Schaap
BeBop with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner

Irene Diamond Education Center
Classes are 4, 6 or 8 sessions: $125-$250
Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm


WeBop is an early childhood jazz education program where young children (eight months to five years) and their parents learn about the ideas, instruments, and great performers of jazz.  Classes offer a creative outlet for exploring jazz through movement, songs, stories, and play. Produced in collaboration with Dr. Lori Custodero, Teacher College, Columbia University.

Fall Term: TBD
Winter Term: TBD
Spring Term: TBD

Irene Diamond Education Center
Each 8-week session on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, or Sundays: $300


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