Jazz It Up
It’s going to be a very melodic season as the swingin’ sounds of jazz fill The Shops at Columbus Circle this fall. Jazz at Lincoln Center will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 30th anniversary, while Sessions at the Circle — a series of free weekly concerts — will take the stage in The Shops at Columbus Circle’s second floor every Tuesday through October 10.
“For this milestone season, we are highlighting the depth and breadth of jazz influence over time, across genres and generations,” says Jason Olaine, Director of Programming and Touring at Jazz at Lincoln Center. “We are honoring traditions and also creating new ones.”
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th anniversary celebrations kick off in September and will go well into next year. Some of the highlights include the Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival showcasing masters of jazz and young musicians (through October 1) and an ode to the centennial of composer Leonard Bernstein (November 9-11).
And that’s not all: There will be a whole cross-section of jazz and style on display at Sessions at the Circle, when musicians will be performing dressed in up-to-the-minute fashions from The Shops at Columbus Circle. Look for trombonist Mariel Bildsten playing the legendary music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington (October 3) and vocalist Veronica Swift performing unforgettable standards from the Great American Songbook (October 10).
“This season will be a look back as much as it is a look forward into the next thirty, fifty, and one hundred years of jazz,” says Olaine. What better way to enjoy America’s original art form?