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.Wynton Marsalis serves as the Artistic Director, 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. There is also a summer 'Band Director Academy', customized teacher training workshops and a print music library.
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.JALC's Frederick P. Rose Hall consists of three main music performance venues:
Rose Theater, with 1,233 seats.
The Appel Room, with 483 seats, featuring a 50-by-90-foot window overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park. This venue was formerly named The Allen Room.
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, with 140 seats, an intimate jazz club named after the famous jazz artist Dizzy Gillespie.
The hall also contains the Irene Diamond Education Center with rehearsal and recording rooms.