February 17, 2024

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra comes to Spruce Peak Arts this Friday, February 16th at 7PM. World-renowned music-director Wynton Marsalis leads this talented orchestra as they continue their tour of the eastern coast. Before they blow you away this Friday, get to know the story of how the JCLO came into being!

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra started as an offshoot of the classical orchestra in 1987. For the first four years of its existence, the band played under the “Classical Jazz” banner. The Jazz at Lincoln Center was incorporated as an official department at Lincoln Center in 1991. During this first year, the Jazz produced concerts across New York City. By its second year, it had its own radio series on NPR. By its fifth year, it was touring internationally in France, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Norway, Spain, Germany, and Finland.


In 1996, JALC was inducted as new constituent into the Lincoln Center. It marked the first new constituent under the Lincoln Center umbrella since the The School of American Ballet in 1987. As an official constituent of Lincoln center, the Jazz began construction on performance spaces specifically designed for jazz music. The 100,000 square foot “House of Swing” finished construction in 2004. It included three performance space: The Rose Theater, The Appel Room, Dizzy’s Club. The Rose Theater (pictured) serves as the mainstage for Jazz performers. It was constructed by famed architect Rafael Viñoly following a capital campaign of $131million.

Since its founding as an organization, the JCLO has recorded numerous albums under its own record label, “Blue Engine Records”. The full discography of the JCLO is available anywhere you get your music!

“Throughout history, jazz musicians have inspired and have been inspired by many art forms to create new works and express cultural statements,” Marsalis says. “For more than 35 years, Jazz at Lincoln Center has continued that tradition through our programs. Today, we remain committed to jazz, which reveals the best of American culture with its virtuosity, diversity, soulfulness, and an embracing spirit under all circumstances.”

Want to know more about the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra? You can visit their website, www.jazz.org, for a full history, upcoming concerts, and more!

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