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Jazz at Lincoln Center Reopens with “Wynton at 60”

A celebration of Marsalis' 60th birthday will begin the New York institution's live and in-person 2021-22 season

Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis (photo: Joe Martinez)

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s managing and artistic director, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, turns 60 this year. This, per JALC, is the long-awaited catalyst for the New York jazz institution to restart its live and in-person music programming. A new “homecoming” season of performances will begin on November 18 at Rose Theater with an opening program called “Wynton at 60.”

Headlined by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the program, which repeats on November 19 and 20, will feature a retrospective of Marsalis’ 40-year career in music. It will include the full JLCO ensemble, along with a small-band configuration (with special guests) that Marsalis will lead. According to JALC, this will be the first time in a decade that he has performed in a small group at Rose Theater.

Marsalis has been the artistic director of JALC since its founding in 1987 and managing director since 2012.

At reopening, JALC will be at full audience capacity. However, all New York City and New York State COVID-19 health and safety guidelines will be in effect.

To buy tickets, or to view the entire 2021-22 Jazz at Lincoln Center season of performances—which will include engagements by Dianne Reeves, Catherine Russell, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Camille Thurman, as well as tributes to Chick Corea, Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington—visit the JALC website.