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The Many Sides of Bird

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Sep 25 • Sat, Sep 26

The Appel Room concert season kicks off with a multidisciplinary celebration of Charlie Parker, the iconic saxophonist and bebop pioneer who helped usher in a new era of jazz virtuosity. Through a series of solo, duo, and trio performances by jazz musicians and tap, ballet, and modern dancers, audiences will discover the timeless music of Charlie Parker in a contemporary new light.

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis plays Charlie Parker

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Sep 25 • Sat, Sep 26

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 33rd concert season kicks off with a centennial celebration of the great Charlie Parker. Under the music direction of Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and special guest saxophonists Patrick Bartley, Immanuel Wilkins, and Zoe Obadia will pay a fitting tribute to the iconic pioneer of bebop.

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Redman, Mehldau, McBride, Blade

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Oct 2 • Sat, Oct 3

Jazz titans Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade reunite to revisit their landmark 1994 album, Moodswing. Whether you’re already a fan of these musicians or you’re looking for a convincing entry point to jazz, don’t miss the chance to hear four of today’s top stars revisit this classic record after decades of growth and musical exploration.

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Cyro Baptista at 70: Spirit of Brazil

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Oct 23 • Sat, Oct 24

Brazilian percussion superstar Cyro Baptista takes over The Appel Room for a wild 70th birthday party with some very special surprise guests. This one-of-a-kind musician, loved worldwide for his astonishing percussion feats and irresistible eccentricity, plays an almost comically large range of instruments—many of which he creates himself from all sorts of everyday objects.

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis: United in Swing

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Oct 23 • Sat, Oct 24

Joe Block, Endea Owens, Thandi Ntuli, and Josh Evans are some of the most promising young jazz composers to emerge in recent years, while Emil Viklicky has been an internationally renowned composer for decades. Each of them has been commissioned to write and arrange new music inspired by speeches on the topic of freedom, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will bring it to life like no other band can. Don’t miss this thought-provoking and uplifting body of new work!

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Omara Portuondo

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Nov 6 • Sat, Nov 7

For two nights only, legendary Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo will grace the Rose Theater stage for a 90th birthday celebration. The international icon recently retired from worldwide touring, but she still gives international fans rare opportunities to experience her magic in person. Anyone interested in seeing the living legend herself while she’s here in New York City should consider this an absolute must-see performance.

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Duke Sings

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Nov 13 • Sat, Nov 14

Singers Over Manhattan returns to The Appel Room with a showcase of Duke Ellington’s wonderful compositions for vocalists, including pieces like “Jump for Joy” and “Love You Madly.” The program boasts a stellar band and four of the city’s top young vocalists performing the uplifting songs of joy, love, heartbreak, and spirituality that make Duke’s music so timeless.

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Family Concert: What is the Blues?

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 1:00PM, 3:00PM

Sat, Nov 14

In this hour-long, interactive concert, families will learn all about the fundamental musical concept known as “the blues.” With support from a soulful, live band, this afternoon performance will be hosted by the charismatic Catherine Russell, named “the best blues singer today” by the Wall Street Journal.

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis Plays Brubeck

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Thu, Nov 19 • Fri, Nov 20 • Sat, Nov 21

This centennial celebration of composer, pianist, and bandleader Dave Brubeck will showcase fresh arrangements of Brubeck’s greatest works. Performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with rising-star pianists Sean Mason and Thandi Ntuli, the concert will feature brilliantly crafted versions of favorites like “Take Five,” “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” “Unsquare Dance,” “The Duke,” “Strange Meadowlark,” and many others.

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Steve Miller

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Dec 11 • Sat, Dec 12

Renowned blues-rock guitarist, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame entrant Steve Miller continues his exploration of the blues at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Miller’s blues series with Jazz at Lincoln Center has been an incredible, ongoing success, and this will be another soul-stirring dive into this endlessly diverse genre!

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Big Band Holidays con Rubén Blades

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 7:00PM, 8:00PM, 2:00PM

Wed, Dec 16 • Thu, Dec 17 • Fri, Dec 18 • Sat, Dec 19 • Sun, Dec 20

Salsa giant and international icon Rubén Blades joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to present a lively new take on the Grammy Award–nominated, annually sold-out Big Band Holidays program. With swinging, big-band versions of holiday classics, it’s an uplifting seasonal event perfect for the whole family.

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Voices of Freedom: Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Jan 8 • Sat, Jan 9

Experience the essential works of some of the 20th century’s most powerful singers and songwriters, performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and vocalists Melanie Charles, Shenel Johns, and Ashley Pezzotti. Under the music direction of JLCO trombonist and vocalist Chris Crenshaw, this brand-new program looks back at four great singers whose unapologetically honest art has stood the test of time in its meaning and musicality.

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Camille Thurman

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Jan 29 • Sat, Jan 30

Award-winning composer and arranger, formidable saxophonist, jaw-dropping vocalist, and trusted bandleader Camille Thurman makes her debut as an Appel Room headliner in this special Singers Over Manhattan showcase. For the occasion, Thurman has developed a new program of reimagined Burt Bacharach hits, including “The Look of Love,” “Going Out of My Head,” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You.”

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Voices of Mississippi featuring Bobby Rush and Charlie Musselwhite

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Feb 5 • Sat, Feb 6

Voices of Mississippi is a new multimedia event celebrating the music, art, and storytelling traditions of the people of Mississippi. Based on the 2019 double-Grammy Award–winning Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris, the program features live musical performances by a broad range of Mississippi's authentic blues and gospel musicians—including Cedric Burnside and Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars— integrated with film, audio recordings, spoken-word storytelling, and rare photographs captured by historian and folklorist William Ferris.

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Dianne Reeves

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Feb 12 • Sat, Feb 13

Continuing a hugely popular tradition now in its tenth year, NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dianne Reeves sets the mood for Valentine’s Day weekend with a mesmerizing concert in Rose Theater. See the show that has audiences coming back year after year—and wow the one you love (or treat yourself!) with an unbeatable musical experience.

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The Music of Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and Charlie Haden

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Feb 26 • Sat, Feb 27

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs music by three original geniuses of jazz: Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and Charlie Haden. With brilliantly unconventional approaches to composition, improvisation, and band-leading, each of these giants of jazz helped usher in a profound new era of musical freedom. Multi-Grammy Award–winning composer, arranger, saxophonist, and bandleader Ted Nash will serve as music director for the concert, utilizing the JLCO’s enormous stylistic range to reimagine their compositions in big-band form.

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Terence Blanchard: A Life in Music

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Mar 12 • Sat, Mar 13

Not many jazz musicians can stage a career retrospective in their 50s, but six-time Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard is a rare artist. In fact, this performance is set to be one of the most stylistically and thematically diverse shows of our entire concert season, with something here for everyone, featuring Blanchard’s swinging hard bop, dance collaborations, opera, showtunes, electric jazz, Spike Lee film scores, and more.

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Veronica Swift

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Mar 19 • Sat, Mar 20

Rising-star vocalist Veronica Swift makes her Appel Room headlining debut, joined by special guest vocalist Sheila Jordan. In this year of the Charlie Parker centennial, it will be especially powerful to hear a master like Jordan, whom Parker called “the singer with the million-dollar ears,” sing with up-and-comer Veronica Swift and the polished young rhythm section of the Emmet Cohen Trio.

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Family Concert: What is Bebop?

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 1:00PM, 3:00PM

Sat, Mar 20

This hour-long Family Concert will explore the essential jazz concept and genre of “bebop,” with live performances of tunes by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. With music direction by trombonist Vincent Gardner, the JLCO will introduce audiences to a special style of music known for its attention-grabbing melodies, wild improvised solos, and all-around technical dazzlement.

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Bryan Stevenson

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Apr 2 • Sat, Apr 3

Witness the world premiere of new music by Wynton Marsalis and members of the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In collaboration with high-profile speakers and thinkers like Bryan Stevenson—a globally acclaimed activist, public interest lawyer, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative—the band will perform new works considering large, international questions of freedom, justice, and hope. Additional special guests from multiple artistic disciplines will join the show to help the JLCO bring this important new body of work to life.

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SFJAZZ Collective Plays the Music of Joni Mitchell

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Apr 9 • Sat, Apr 10

The SFJAZZ Collective—called “contemporary jazz’s premier all-star band” in 2019 by the New York Times—returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center for the first time in more than a decade. The group and vocalist Lizz Wright will perform innovative new takes on some of Joni Mitchell’s classic songs in addition to brand-new pieces inspired by Mitchell’s music and unique legacy.

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Wynton Marsalis Small Group

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Thu, Apr 22 • Fri, Apr 23 • Sat, Apr 24

The first half of this two-part concert features Walter Blanding’s The Happiness of Being, a musical reflection on the meaning of freedom, plus a selection of thought-provoking jazz classics on the subject of freedom. In the second half, Wynton Marsalis will perform new music with his small group—an extremely rare experience in Rose Theater!

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Jazz Meets Poetry

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Apr 30 • Sat, May 1

Experience two of the most acclaimed meetings between instrumental jazz and poetry: Matt Wilson’s Honey & Salt, inspired by poet Carl Sandberg, and Helen Sung’s Sung with Words, created in collaboration with poet Dana Gioia. Both projects are anchored by hard-grooving bands featuring some of today’s best musicians, and anyone with an interest in either jazz or poetry will come away with a deeper appreciation of both mediums.

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Mose Allison & The Blues

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Apr 30 • Sat, May 1

This tribute to NEA Jazz Master Mose Allison—a pianist, singer, and sharp musical storyteller known for his smooth blend of jazz and Delta blues—is part of an ongoing project co-led by vocalist/guitarist Richard Julian and bandleader John Chin. Joining the duo is the legendary Taj Mahal, with additional band members and special guests to be announced closer to the performance. Mose’s daughter, Amy Allison, will serve as host for the evening.

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Big Band Swing: A Walk on the Wild Side

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, May 14 • Sat, May 15

The Riley Mulherkar Big Band returns to The Appel Room with an exclusive new program exploring the wild sides of Chicago and Kansas City during the 1920s and 1930s. The show will feature live musical performances of songs by Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, and many more, with narration by a special guest actor and an original script by five-time Emmy Award winner Geoffrey Ward.

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Eliane Elias

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, May 14 • Sat, May 15

Join multi-Grammy Award–winning pianist, singer, composer, and internationally top-selling recording artist Eliane Elias as she helps JALC continue a season-long exploration and celebration of freedom. The Brazilian-born Elias will split the performance into two distinct halves, reimagining the beloved music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and performing a collection of music written by composers exiled from Brazil during its years of dictatorship.

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God Bless America

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Thu, May 20 • Fri, May 21 • Sat, May 22

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis dedicates an evening to Irving Berlin, the immensely popular composer who was once called “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived” by George Gershwin. With classics like “God Bless America,” “I’ll Be Loving you Always,” and “Count Your Blessings,” the concert will feature one hit after another as the JLCO performs a series of Great American Songbook, Broadway, and Hollywood classics.

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Celebrating Clifford Brown

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, May 28 • Sat, May 29

Trumpeter Clifford Brown, who passed at age 25, helped create some of the most stirring and enduring bebop and hard bop of all time. For tonight’s celebration of what would have been Brown’s 90th birthday, trumpet master and founding Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Sean Jones has assembled an elite lineup of musicians to pay tribute to the icon, including Kenny Barron, Ben Williams, Lewis Nash, Randy Brecker, Michael Rodriguez, Ambrose Akinmusire, Giveton Gelin, Summer Camargo, Ingrid Jensen, and Melissa Aldana.

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Carlos Henriquez: Freedom con Clave

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Jun 4 • Sat, Jun 5

In his return to The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist Carlos Henriquez will present the world premiere of an exclusive new program entitled Freedom con Clave, featuring new and reinvented pieces on the topic of freedom. Named “the most important Latin jazz artist in New York City today” by New York Latin Culture, Henriquez is one of the most exciting bandleaders in town.

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Coltrane: A Love Supreme

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Jun 11 • Sat, Jun 12

In the final Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concert of the season, the JLCO will perform John Coltrane’s immortal A Love Supreme, followed by a number of Coltrane classics related to freedom. With music direction by saxophonist Camille Thurman, the band will re-introduce listeners to one of the most powerful pieces of music ever created.