[Dixielandjazz] The Scope of "Jazz At Lincoln Center"

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 31 19:15:08 PST 2005

This is a very long press release. BUT, it showcases the enormous scope of
"Jazz At Lincoln Center."

Skim it or Skip it if you get bored, but please read the paragraphs on
"EDUCATION" before you dump it in the trash. That is 2/3rds of their total
programming effort and very much geared to GENERAL AUDIENCE as well as music
teachers and students. And it includes the OKOM of Louis Armstrong, New
Orleans Jazz, and even pre jazz music of the 19th century. Note also the
middle school, and high school "Jazz" curriculum offerings. Some of these
are "Jazz in a Box" programs with a cost under $500.

Steve Barbone

Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2005-06 Season Themed ´Jazz from Coast to
Coast´ In Frederick P. Rose Hall

NEW YORK, March 30 /Newswire/ -- Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, New
Orleans, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and the significant impact these
cities had on the development of jazz in America, will be the theme of Jazz
at Lincoln Center's 2005-06 season entitled "Jazz from Coast to Coast." The
not- for-profit organization dedicated to jazz continues to celebrate its
new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, at Broadway at 60th St. in New York City.
Through concerts, educational programming and tours, the organization will
honor these cities and their musicians who were important contributors to
the art form.

"As we strive to establish a greater rapport with our audiences in the House
of Swing, our new season is designed to welcome musicians and fans from all
over the U.S," said Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln
Center. "Born in New Orleans, jazz music grew up in many important American
cities. And even though almost everyone loves their home town, ultimately
the most ambitious musicians brought their sounds and styles to New York.
Jazz musicians nick-named New York the 'Big Apple.' They made New York
swing. The sheer human complexity of Manhattan gave jazz a sophistication
and toughness that served it well as it became an international artistic
phenomenon. That's why the Apple is considered to be the capital of jazz.
Yes, we love New York, but let's not forget the importance of those
tributary cities that gave and continue to give this music a truly national
foundation." He continued, "with pleasure, we present the music of elder
statesmen and young fresh faces alike. We'll have 82-year-old Frank Wess,
18-year-old Eldar Djangirov, 51-year-old Bobby Watson and some first-class
barbecue in the club to celebrate Kansas City. With entertaining educational
programs, concerts and exhibits, we will create a festive atmosphere around
a constellation of performances that feature the music of artists in and
from New Orleans, Los Angeles, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. I'm
talking about great people like Ron Carter, Yusef Lateef, Gerald Wilson,
Jimmy Heath, Regina Carter, Jeff "Tain" Watts and Barry Harris. We plan on
having a great time. We welcome you to join us."

"The opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center's new home - Frederick P. Rose Hall -
has enhanced the country's artistic landscape with significant effect and to
international acclaim. We intend to continue our contribution to American
culture in that tradition with our 2005-2006 season," said Derek E. Gordon,
president and CEO of Jazz at Lincoln Center. "Our organization will
celebrate this vital music by recognizing the great American cities where
the masters of jazz were born or achieved fame," he continued. "All roads
lead to New York, but it takes a nation to truly represent the art form of
jazz. As each stream flows into the growing strength of the river, so Jazz
at Lincoln Center adds to the positive forward momentum of jazz music. Our
culture and this music are enriched by the regional influences of the cities
where jazz was nurtured. Bringing it all together in the great city of New
York will only heighten the creativity."

Throughout the 2005-06 season, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton
Marsalis and special guests will perform in the following festivals and
concerts in Rose Theater.

* Kansas City: KC and the Count will capture Kansas City's orchestral jazz
that was influenced by the area's strong traditions of ragtime and blues.
This series will feature the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra performing the
works of Count Basie, Jay McShann, Bennie Moten, Bob Brookmeyer, Eddie
Durham and Walter Page's Blue Devils. Special guests Frank Wess (saxophone)
and Eldar Djangirov (piano) will join the resident orchestra on these
evenings. * Detroit: Motor City Jazz will highlight the city's bebop
revolution as well as celebrate the piano and bass legends. The orchestra
will perform original music as well as works of Milt Jackson and Kenny
Burrell with two legends of the Detroit scene, Marcus Belgrave (trumpet) and
Ron Carter (bass). Curtis Fuller (trombone), Charles McPherson (alto
saxophone) and Yusef Lateef (tenor saxophone, flute and oboe) will also
appear as special guests. * Pittsburgh: From the Heart of Steeltown will
focus on the city's long history in jazz and the many famous musicians from
Pittsburgh. Joined by special guests Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums) and Steve
Nelson (vibraphone), the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will perform the
music of Pittsburgh's sons and daughters including Billy Strayhorn, Art
Blakey and Mary Lou Williams. * The first half of New Orleans: Congo Square
will showcase the style of collective ensemble and the emphasis on swing in
New Orleans jazz. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will perform the music
of Jelly Roll Morton, Sam Morgan, Joe Robicheaux, Clyde Kerr and others. The
second half will consist of a new commission with Yacub Addy and Odadaa!
based upon the legendary Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz. * Los Angeles
will demonstrate the jazz style that emerged in the 1940s called "cool" and
gained popularity in the 1950s through film scores and soundtracks. The
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will perform the music and arrangements of
Bill Holman, Gerry Mulligan, Duke Pearson, Charles Mingus, Quincy Jones and
others with special guests Plas Johnson (saxophone) and Gerald Wilson
(composer and bandleader).

Resident ensemble Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O'Farrill will
perform a series of collaborations in Rose Theater. In Jazz Con Salsa,
straight-ahead jazz artists including Joe Lovano and Greg Osby will be
paired with the clave of the Latin big band. Jazz In Motion featuring the
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Ballet Hispanico will be the band's first
collaboration with a dance company. !Bajo! The Great Tradition of the Latin
Bass will be a highlight of the season wherein the big band will present a
concert featuring bass players including Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Andy
Gonzalez, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra's own Ruben Rodriguez and Charnett

The "Jazz from Coast to Coast" season will also include new collaborations
including a Wynton Marsalis commission in honor of philanthropist Irene
Diamond, written for jazz quartet, and the Orion String Quartet and Tappin'
Into Monk will feature Savion Glover tap dancing to the musical styles of
Thelonious Monk.

In addition to these concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center is thrilled to host
Music of Wynton Marsalis -- 25 Years On the Scene, a retrospective and
celebration featuring guest artists, combos and a string orchestra.

Other highlights of the new season include: * The vibrant Red Hot Holiday
Stomp featuring Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon and others. * Philadelphia:
City of Brotherly Jazz will highlight major jazz artists and organists who
represent the Philadelphia jazz style. Jimmy Heath, Joey DeFrancesco and Pat
Martino will perform the works of Lee Morgan, Jimmy Smith, Bobby Durham,
Mickey Roker and Benny Golson. * Great American Songwriters series featuring
artists including Bill Charlap, Ethel Ennis, Houston Person, Kenny
Washington and Peter Washington. * Music of the Masters: Stanley Turrentine
-- featuring Eric Alexander, Gene Ludwig, Grady Tate, Robert Stewart and
Dave Stryker. * The Singers Over Manhattan series featuring today's best
jazz singers on the scene including Carla Cook, Miguel Poveda, Tierney
Sutton and Loston Harris. * Valentine's Day concert featuring Dee Dee
Bridgewater. * Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra members, in small combo
configurations, will play original songs with all-star rhythm sections led
by Mulgrew Miller and Cyrus Chestnut.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola will also honor the jazz music of many cities -- from
Los Angeles, California, to Cadiz, Spain -- and many generations and genres
of swinging jazz styles and players -- from young pianist Robert Glasper to
Jessica Williams and Chano Dominguez to Bobby Hutcherson and Lou Donaldson
to the Juilliard Jazz Ensembles. Besides featuring the cultural traditions
of jazz hotbeds such as Kansas City, Detroit, and Philadelphia, Dizzy's Club
Coca-Cola will also regularly highlight the contributions of women in jazz
including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Geri Allen, Eliane Elias, Renee Rosnes and Maria
Schneider. Young jazz talent from area colleges and universities will
continue to be featured during UPSTARTS! on Monday nights and during late
night after hours programming.


Jazz at Lincoln Center educational events, which comprise two-thirds of its
overall programming, will reach hundreds of thousands of students, educators
and general audience members during the 2005-06 season.

Education highlights for the 2005-06 season include: * Jazz Talk continues
its tradition of jazz discussion with Robin D.G. Kelley and Eric Reed
covering the finer points of Thelonious Monk. George Wein and Bruce Lundvall
will join the Talks on the business side of the music, and Farah J. Griffin
of Columbia University will moderate a panel of jazz and hip-hop artists for
Jazz in a Hip-Hop Generation. * An expansion of the Jazz for Young
People(SM) series, including Tappin' Into Monk, What is New Orleans Jazz?,
Who is Count Basie? and Ballet Hispanico with Arturo O'Farrill. * The Master
Class series returns for its second season featuring Gerald Wilson in From
Bebop to Big Band and the amazing Regina Carter will tutor in the art of the
violin. * Jazz 101 returns with a special series of classes on Kansas City,
Pittsburgh and the New Orleans-born virtuoso Louis Armstrong. Executive
Director of the Jazz Museum in Harlem, Loren Schoenberg, will lead this
series of exhilarating eight week classes. Other offerings will include The
Intro with Dr. Lewis Porter and Early Gigs: Jazz Pre-History 1880- 1920 with
Reid Badger. * The Middle School Jazz Academy will bring ten promising
musicians to Frederick P. Rose Hall for weekly lessons in instrumental jazz
and leadership skills. * Jazz at Lincoln Center has partnered with the NEA
to develop new curriculum called Jazz in the Schools, which is available to
U.S. High Schools in the fall. * In conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center,
Random House will release Understanding Jazz by Tom Piazza in September. *
Jazz at Lincoln Center will introduce a new series of jazz arrangements for
easy to medium level jazz bands. The Jazz for Young People(SM) Curriculum,
based on the popular concert series, continues a multimedia jazz
appreciation curriculum designed for students in upper elementary school,
middle school and beyond. * 11th Annual Essentially Ellington Festival and
Competition. * New season of the popular WeBop! program for 2-5 year olds,
Jazz in the Schools Tours, Essential Jazz Editions, Juilliard Institute for
Jazz Studies programs, print music publishing, professional development for
educators, open rehearsals, and the production and distribution of
educational publications for teachers, students and general audiences.

"We are extremely excited about the educational events during the 2005-06
season," said Laura Johnson, Vice President of Education. "Jazz at Lincoln
Center is committed to creating jazz performers and listeners of all ages
and to enrich people's lives through music. We want everyone from New York
City to Los Angeles to come enjoy, celebrate and learn about jazz in all its
varieties and forms."


The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will tour
internationally throughout the year. Also this season, touring entity Jazz
at Lincoln Center Presents will tour "The Music of Miles Davis" featuring
Eddie Henderson, trumpet; Gary Bartz, alto saxophone; Wayne Escoffery, tenor
saxophone; Dave Kikoski, piano; Ed Howard, bass and Jimmy Cobb, drums.


In 2005, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will release the second in a
series of CD releases and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra will release their
debut CD. Both titles will be on Palmetto Records. WeBop! Volumes I and II
CDs will also be available for the first time.


Through a partnership with WBGO Jazz88.3FM, WBGO will share broadcasts with
public radio partners in each of the individual cities featured during the
"Jazz from Coast to Coast" season: WDUQ Pittsburgh, KKJZ Los Angeles, WEMU
Detroit, KCUR Kansas City and WWOZ New Orleans.


The 2005-06 season will mark the 13th season of Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio
with Ed Bradley, as Jazz at Lincoln Center continues its collaboration with
Murray Street Productions and senior producer Steve Rathe. Thirty new
hour-long shows will feature highlights from our first year at Frederick P.
Rose Hall, including music of trumpeter/composer Thad Jones; the SFJazz
Collective with Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Nicholas Payton and Miguel
Zenon; as well as Taj Mahal and Ricky Skaggs in Three Shades of Blues.
"Hosting Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio is a labor of love," says CBS 60
Minutes correspondent and Jazz at Lincoln Center board member Ed Bradley.
"It's an hour I look forward to every week." Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio
with Ed Bradley is distributed by WFMT Networks and heard on more than 250
stations. See http://www.jalc.org/radio for complete listings and broadcast


BET Jazz network's Journey with Jazz at Lincoln Center continues in its
fourth season in the fall of 2005 with television broadcasts featuring
performances, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from Jazz at Lincoln
Center. Check listings for more information at http://www.betjazz.com/.


The Jazz at Lincoln Center website offers a variety of information on our
new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, the organization's activities, and
features many of the greatest artists in jazz today, all in an easy-to-use
format. The site contains a full calendar for the season with artist
listings, audio clips, season subscription and membership information, tour
itineraries, news releases, and much more. In addition, patrons may purchase
tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center events in New York City, using a major
credit card, directly through this secure website.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office: Located at Broadway and 60th Street
through the marquee on the ground floor. Single tickets for the 2005-2006
season will be on sale beginning July 18.

Discount Programs:

$10 Student and Senior Rush tickets may be available at the Jazz at Lincoln
Center Box Office on the day of performance, one hour prior to concert time.
Subject to availability.

Subscription Ticket Information:

Jazz at Lincoln Center offers subscription packages to suit a variety of
musical tastes and offers a range of pricing options. Subscriptions may be
purchased beginning April 29. Current subscribers must renew between March
15 - April 22 to ensure retention of their seats. Early bird renewals are
eligible to receive a complimentary CD.

Subscription information will be posted at http://www.jalc.org/ in April. To
order a subscription after April 29, or to request information, please call
the Jazz Tix hotline at 212-258-9999 or e-mail subscriptions at jalc.org.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to
jazz. With the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin
Jazz Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln
Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of
jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and
broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include
concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national
radio and television programs, recordings, publications, an annual high
school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, a jazz
appreciation curriculum for children, advanced training through the
Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, music publishing, children's concerts,
lectures, adult education courses and student and educator workshops. Under
the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, President & CEO Derek
E. Gordon, Executive Director Katherine E. Brown, Chairman of the Board Lisa
Schiff and Jazz at Lincoln Center Board and staff, Jazz at Lincoln Center
will produce hundreds of events during its 2005-06 season. This is the
second season in Jazz at Lincoln Center's new home -- Frederick P. Rose Hall
-- the first-ever performance, education, and broadcast facility devoted to

Major sponsors during the 2005-2006 season include: Altria Group, Inc., BET

Jazz, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Samsung
Electronics America Inc, Time Warner, Inc. Please visit http://www.jalc.org/
for more information

CONTACT: Mary Fiance Fuss, Director, Public Relations +1-212-258-9829,
mfuss at jalc.org, or Scott Thompson, Assistant Director, Public Relations
+1-212-258-9807, sthompson at jalc.org, or Zooey Tidal, Manager, Public
Relations +1-212-258-9821, ztidal at jalc.org, or Lindsay Brust, Assistant,
Public Relations +1-212-258-9868 or lbrust at jalc.org, all of Jazz at Lincoln
Center; Thomas Chiodo, Senior Vice President, Rubenstein Communications,
Inc., for Jazz at Lincoln Center, +1-212-843-8289, tchiodo at rubenstein.com

Web site: http://www.jalc.org/


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