Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz by enriching the artistic substance and perpetuating the democratic spirit of America's music.

With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center 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, a jazz hall of fame and concert series, weekly national radio programs, television broadcasts, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, jazz appreciation curriculum for students, music publishing, children’s concerts and classes, lectures, adult education courses, student and educator workshops and interactive Web sites.


The center fosters the engagement and development of listeners of all ages, offering educational programming and materials for student musicians of all levels from elementary to post graduate school who wish to understand how to perform jazz. Jazz for Young People is a series of participatory hour-long concerts in which Wynton Marsalis and other jazz musicians combine musical and visual aids to bring families and jazz together.

Season: Oct-May

Admission: $12 Adults, $8 students 18 and under


Essentially Ellington: This annual jazz band competition and festival infuses students with the excitement of jazz music, particularly that of Duke Ellington. High school jazz bands from all 50 states, Canada and American schools abroad are invited to participate. For a small fee, Jazz at Lincoln Center provides Duke Ellington big band charts, recordings, and education materials to all interested schools.

Jazz in the Schools: This in-school program, featuring professional jazz musciains, provides students with an understanding of the basics of jazz. Educational materials and professional development for teachers are also included.

Master Classes: Music educators and serious student musicians learn from the masters. Three master classes featuring world-renown jazz musicians are offered annually. Classes take place at Frederick P. Rose Hall on Saturday afternoons.

Jazz for Young People: See above families' description for this Wynton Marsalis-hosted concert series also offered to school groups.

Jazz for Young People Curriculum: Based on the concert series, this multi-media jazz appreciation curriculum kit is designed for upper elementary, middle school and beyond. The curriculum explores core concepts and major figures in jazz through interactive lessons (with music by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra).

Open Rehearsals: Selected Jazz at Lincoln Center rehearsals are open to a limited number of high school and college students. Student Rush: $10 tickets are available for students to concerts. Student groups are welcome to attend regular season concerts and Jazz for Young People Saturday concerts. Specially designed workshops, performances and professional development sessions in jazz are also available.

Program Location: At facility and at schools & other locations

Program Season: Year-round; concert season: Sept-May

Fees: Vary according to program