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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Jazz at Lincoln Center's family concert: Who is Count Basie?



Rose Theater
November 5, 1pm & 3pm

Kids, bring your instruments for free pre-concert activities at
12:15 & 2:15pm!


New York, NY – September 27, 2016 – The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs its first family concert of the 2016-17 season and explores Who is Count Basie? The concert takes place on Saturday, November 5 at 1pm & 3pm at Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York.

Piano player and bandleader William "Count" Basie brought America out of the Depression with the elegant and irresistible swing of Kansas City. Establishing 4/4 swing as a primary jazz style, The Count led one of the greatest big bands of all time, featuring the hard-swinging All-American Rhythm Section, iconic soloists, and a communal feeling that kept the dance floor moving all night.

In this hour-long narrated concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, crowd participation, and engaging storytelling by Wynton Marsalis, families with school age children will learn about Basie's exciting career and infectious music.

After nearly  30 years, this beloved family-oriented series continues to be a wellspring of enlightenment for curious minds. Pre-concert activities, including visual arts and music workshops, are free for ticketholders and begin at 12:15pm and 2:15pm. 

Ticket prices start at $10. Tickets can be purchased through jazz.org 24 hours a day or Center Charge 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). 

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs drive our organization’s efforts to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz. Our programs have been developed under the guiding vision of Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, who during his visits to schools throughout our nation observed that the caliber of jazz education was often inferior to that of other fine arts. In response, Jazz at Lincoln Center offers a continuum of jazz education programs that are designed to suit the varied interests and capabilities of children, teens, and adults. Students learn about jazz’s distinctly American heritage and history as well as its greatest musicians and compositions; they explore its connection to other art forms and study how to play jazz. Today, over two-thirds of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming is educational—reaching more than 1,000,000 individuals of all ages and experiences in all 50 states through concerts, webcasting, direct musical instruction and distribution of music scores free of charge.

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners:  
Amtrak, Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, HSBC Premier, The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center, and SiriusXM.

For more information, please contact:
Christina Riley
Associate, Public Relations
212.258.9868 or criley@jazz.org