Jazz at Lincoln Center [JALC]
- Sarah Suhadolnik
Jazz division of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. In 1987 Lincoln Center launched Classical Jazz, its first concert series devoted solely to jazz. In 1996 JALC became an autonomous jazz division with wynton Marsalis at the helm. Marsalis has continued to work as the artistic director of JALC and the music director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This ensemble maintains an extensive repertoire of classic jazz works while continuing to commission and premiere new pieces. It tours extensively, frequently collaborating with guest artists, and participates in JALC programs, such as the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. JALC also maintains a busy schedule of concerts by visiting artists, lectures, and jazz education initiatives.
The construction of Frederick P. Rose Hall in 2004 expanded the educational and broadcasting resources available to the organization, including a fully equipped recording studio, the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, and the Irene Diamond Education Center. Products of these new developments include Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio with Wendell Pierce, an award-winning, nationally distributed radio series, and American Music Abroad, a program run in collaboration with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs which aims to promote cross-cultural understanding through music and by 2012 had taken 118 musicians to 97 countries since its launch in 2005.