One of the most important modern monuments to the American jazz legacy, the non-profit Jazz at Lincoln Center arrived at its Columbus Circle home in 2004 with the state-of-the-art Frederick P. Rose Hall. It has been a cornerstone of the New York City jazz and arts scene ever since. JaLC has fostered the love of jazz among youth and young adults with its Jazz for Young People concerts and Swing Club subscriptions for adults (21–35). The Thursday evening Jazz Talks feature conversations with top players and historians, giving concertgoers insights into the rich context of “America’s music.”
Led by Artistic Director and world-renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center performances range from musical legends to up-and-coming young artists from around the globe. Jazz at Lincoln Center is also home to the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, which features a variety of interactive audio and visual presentations about past inductees to the Hall.
There are three main venues within Frederick P. Rose Hall: Rose Theater, where most of the large-scale performances are staged; the Allen Room, which has stunning views of Central Park from its 90-foot windows above the stage; and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the most intimate venue in the complex, offering catered dining and live jazz seven nights a week. We recommend making a reservation for Dizzy’s Club and planning to pay around $30 for the music with a $10 food/drink minimum.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (easily accessible by subway lines 1 at 66th Street/Lincoln Center; A, B, C, and D, at 59th Street/Columbus Circle; and buses M5, M7, M10, M11, M66, and M104)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Fully accessible, with amenities for patrons with hearing or visual impairments
- Performances/Programs: Around 2000 events are presented per year, from one-night engagements to five-night stays
- Ticket Prices: $13.50–$120 and up
- Group Discounts: One free ticket with every 15 purchased at full price for Rose Theater and the Allen Room
- Other Discounts: Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola offers student discounts, especially for After Hours sets and the UPSTARTS! series on Monday nights. Goldstar.com occasionally promotes and discounts JaLC events
- Subscriptions: Subscriptions are purchased prior to the upcoming season or series. Seasonal subscriptions to a variety of concert series are offered (generally three-five concerts in a subscription package). Unlimited ticket exchanges are available for subscribers by phone or mail. Tickets are also transferable or can be donated through JaLC’s tax-deductible donation program
- Membership: $50 for individual membership includes a membership card, 50% off JaLC tickets purchased the day of show at the box office, discounts at the gift shop and area retailers, newsletter, and a CD of the Month subscription.