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Jazz at Lincoln Center: The House that Jazz Built

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room

It’s rare to go to a press conference that’s about jazz. Yet the one that took place in May 2004 for the then unfinished Jazz at Lincoln Center space on Columbus Circle in New York City was remarkable in ways other than the fact that it even existed. The room was filled with television cameras, and there were hundreds of people there, most of whom had probably never set foot in a jazz club.

Various Lincoln Center heavies spoke, then JALC Creative Director Wynton Marsalis weighed in, charming the audience by talking about the people involved and the organizational dreams for the space. He then played a few tunes with a quartet, which the cameras also caught, and then everyone went on tours of the new facility.

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