Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Sign outside Jazz at Lincoln Center
Address Broadway at 60th Street
Location New York City
Coordinates 40°46′9″N 73°58′59″W / 40.76917°N 73.98306°W / 40.76917; -73.98306Coordinates: 40°46′9″N 73°58′59″W / 40.76917°N 73.98306°W / 40.76917; -73.98306
Public transit New York City Subway: 59th Street – Columbus Circle (  trains)
New York City Bus: M7, M10, M11, M20, M66, M104
Owner Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Genre(s) jazz
Capacity Rose Theater: 1,233
The Allen Room: 483
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola: 140
Built 2004

Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) is a venue comprising part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. JALC's performing arts complex, Frederick P. Rose Hall, is located in New York City, slightly south of the main Lincoln Center campus and directly adjacent to Columbus Circle, housed inside the Time Warner Center. The complex was designed by acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly and constructed by Turner-Santa Fe, a joint venture between Turner Construction and Santa Fe Construction. It opened in October 2004. The organization was founded in 1987.


Peter Jay Sharp arcade

Wynton Marsalis serves as the Artistic Director,[1] Greg Scholl serves as the Executive Director, and Jason Olaine serves as Director of Programming. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) serves as the resident orchestra performing at Frederick P. Rose Hall and around the world.

JALC produces 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. Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce over 3,000 events during its 2008/09 season.

JALC's educational mission encompasses 22 programs and resources that reach upwards of 50,000 people directly and an estimated four million people through curricula, print music and online resources. Beginning at just eight months old, little ones can swing, stomp and shuffle with "WeBop!". Families and school groups delight in the "Jazz for Young People concert series" and "Jazz in the Schools" tours that bring professional ensembles across NYC. Teachers across the country bring these concerts back to their classrooms with the "Jazz for Young People" Curriculum and make connections between jazz and American history with "NEA Jazz in the Schools". JALC also streams their education events online.

JALC's educational programs include the Middle School Jazz Academy, a tuition-free instructional program for NYC students. And for the past 16 years, the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival has supported high school jazz bands nationwide.[2] There is also a summer "Band Director Academy", customized teacher training workshops and a print music library.[3]

At Frederick P. Rose Hall adults can develop their listening skills and delve into jazz history at "Swing University", "Jazz Talk" and the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

Building description

Rose Theater

JALC's Frederick P. Rose Hall consists of three main music performance venues:

The hall also contains the Irene Diamond Education Center with rehearsal and recording rooms.

Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame

The Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame is named for Nesuhi Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records. A 60-person international voting panel, which includes musicians, scholars and educators from 17 countries, is charged to nominate and select "the most definitive artists in the history of jazz for induction into the Hall of Fame".[5]

Inductees have included:







  • Art Blakey (1919–1990), drummer, bandleader
  • Lionel Hampton (1908–2002), vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader
  • Clark Terry (1920-2015), flugelhornist, trumpeter



  1. Lucy Cohen Blatter (26 February 2014). "A Room by Any Other Name". WSJ.
  2. Induction process JALC website. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
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