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David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
“Jazz is a music and a way of life.”—Wynton Marsalis
Join us for a musical celebration of the historically rich sounds of jazz, influenced and inspired by one of New York City’s most eclectic and diverse neighborhoods. The Juilliard Jazz Ensembles present an exciting program featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Edgar Sampson, and more, with all-time favorites like “Harlem Airshaft,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “Harlem Nocturne,” and “Take the A Train.”
Founded in 2001, Juilliard Jazz enters its 13th season led by newly-appointed director and Juilliard alumnus Wynton Marsalis. The program offers degrees at the bachelor, master, and artist diploma levels, combining tailored studio time and coursework with professional performance opportunities designed to successfully integrate students into a thriving jazz environment. Juilliard Jazz’s faculty and students also conduct national and international master classes and clinics.
The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and its ensembles offer more than 50 performances annually. In the past, the orchestra has appeared at the Detroit Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and visited destinations including Costa Rica, Italy, Japan, and Brazil. Juilliard Jazz Ensembles perform regularly at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and the world-renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. For the past several seasons they also have enjoyed week-long runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center with guest artists including Ernie Andrews, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Sean Jones, Lew Tabackin, Gerald Wilson, Bobby Watson, Frank Wess, and others.
Juilliard Jazz is one of the newer programs of study at The Juilliard School, which was founded in 1905 and has long been renowned for its superlative performing arts education in classical music, dance, and drama. One of Lincoln Center’s original constituents, Juilliard has grown with the needs of a thriving cultural community in the US and abroad: its student body is drawn from 35 states and 44 countries. Learn more atjuilliard.edu/jazz.