Concerts in Rose Theater

Four special weekday performances of our popular Jazz for Young People Concerts are offered each year specifically for school groups in Rose Theater at Fredrick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Hosted by Wynton Marsalis or by special guests, these hour-long narrated concerts use warmth and humor to introduce key musical concepts and other jazz fundamentals.  This concert series is designed for grades 2 and up.

2016-17 Concerts

Who is Count Basie?

Friday, November 4, 2016 10am & 12:15pm
Free Professional Development Session: TBD

Piano player and bandleader William “Count” Basie brought America out of the Depression with the elegant and irresistible swing of Kansas City. Establishing 4/4 swing as a primary jazz style, The Count led one of the greatest big bands of all time, featuring the hard-swinging All-American Rhythm Section, iconic soloists, and a communal feeling that kept the dance floor moving all night. In this hour-long narrated concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, crowd participation, and engaging storytelling by Wynton Marsalis, students will learn about Basie’s exciting career and infectious music. After nearly 25 years, this beloved family-oriented series continues to be a wellspring of enlightenment for curious minds, with concerts “as illuminating as they are entertaining” (Chicago Tribune).

Who is Louis Armstrong?

Friday, February 3, 2017 10am & 12:15pm
Free Professional Development Session: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Through stories, recordings, and live music, audiences will learn about a talented youngster from New Orleans who changed the meaning of jazz – and the way we think about art. This hour-long journey through the life of Louis Armstrong will be hosted by jazz royalty Catherine Russell. Not only is Russell a supreme vocalist and gifted storyteller, she is also the daughter of Louis Armstrong’s long-time music director, Luis Russell. The concert will also feature an all-star band and 19-year-old trumpeter Anthony Hervey, a most exciting up-and-comer who was awarded “Outstanding Trumpet” in the 2014 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival and Competition, and has already wowed audiences at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival. In addition to demonstrating Armstrong’s greatest musical achievements as a trumpeter and singer, we will also consider some of his inspiring lessons about improvisation, self-expression, community, and the joy of music.

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