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Swing Into Summer with Jazz At Lincoln Center

Frank Hammel • News • June 15, 2021

Jazz at Lincoln Center swings into summer with more than a dozen live outdoor concerts throughout New York City, and education programs online.

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The organization’s summer outdoor concert series kicks off on June 17 as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis opens SummerStage in Central Park, New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. Jazz at Lincoln Center continues its collaboration with SummerStage later this summer to present Willie Jones III – A Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration Featuring Sarah Hanahan, Godwin Louis, Justin Robinson, Erena Terakubo with Donald Vega and Endea Owens in Marcus Garvey Park (August 29).

This season, Jazz at Lincoln Center launches a collaboration with Rooftop Films Summer Series to feature jazz performances before films at select events. Jazz trio New Jazz Underground (June 17) will perform at Green-Wood Cemetery for the opening night of the annual film summer series.

There will be no shortage of live jazz in the heart of the city as Jazz at Lincoln Center curates Times Square Alliances’ Jazz in Times Square every Thursday through September. Etienne Charles Quartet (July 8) opens this unique series featuring rising jazz stars (Thursdays from July 8 – September 30) in Times Square.

Join us for a weekend of blues, swing, and improvisation at Bryant Park Picnic Performances as Jazz at Lincoln Center-curated artists Young Stars of Jazz featuring Isaiah J. Thompson, Endea Owens, Kyle Poole, Anthony Hervey, Alexa Tarantino, and Julian Lee (August 13); and Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio: Reimagining Burt Bacharach (August 14) take the stage. In addition to performances in front of live audiences at Bryant Park, the sets will be available via livestream.

For families with children ages eight months to two years-old, Jazz at Lincoln Center offers solace from the summer heat with educational livestream offerings. These virtual family events include the interactive 45-minute concert WeBop Family Jazz Party ¡Vamos a Gozar! A Latin Jazz Jam (Streaming June 26 to July 18), and the WeBop Virtual Summer Term (Tuesday, August 3 – Saturday, August 28) which explores the lives and music jazz titans Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams and Tito Puente.

Additional Jazz at Lincoln Center summer events will be announced in the following weeks.

For ticketing and safety protocols, visit the websites of each presenting organization.


SummerStage: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 
Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 7:00pmET
Central Park
New York, NY
Tickets: Free Wynton Marsalis’s name looms large in the world of jazz, and for good reason—the GRAMMY® -winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader has helped shepherd the cultural institution of jazz into a new millennium. Under his direction, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the resident orchestra of Jazz at Lincoln Center, performs a vast repertoire: from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center‐commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. For this unique performance, the world-renowned orchestra’s performance will honor Juneteenth and explore freedom and may include tunes by Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Ted Nash, and Charles Mingus.

Since the orchestra’s founding in 1988, the group’s performances leave its global audiences inspired and uplifted with the full vigor, vision, and depth of America’s music. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis’ vast, innovative body of original work over the past decade demonstrates the orchestra composers’ and arrangers’ thematic ambitions, distinctive musical personalities, and unprecedented range.

Rooftop Film Series featuring a live performance by New Jazz Underground

June 17, 2021, at 7:45pmET

Green-Wood Cemetery

Brooklyn, NY

Tickets: $16.00 and up

Rooftop Films Summer Series, one of the longest running and largest outdoor showcases for independent film in the world, returns this summer. For its pre-film music performance programming, Rooftop collaborates with Jazz at Lincoln Center to curate special musical performances prior to the films at select events, beginning with trio New Jazz Underground at Green-Wood Cemetery. This engagement is part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s outdoor concert series provided by Lisa K. Meulbroek and Brent R. Harris, with major support provided by Susan and J. Alan Kahn.

WeBop Family Jazz Party

¡Vamos a Gozar! A Latin Jazz Jam

Streaming June 26 at 3pmET — July 18 at 12amPST

Tickets: $10 suggested donation, registration opens on Thursday June 17 at 11:00am

Join Ms. Goussy, Ms. Sofia, and the WeBop Family Jazz Band for a bilingual fiesta celebrating Latin jazz rhythms. The whole family will go on an imaginative journey to El Barrio to discover the clave, and hear WeBop favorite tunes with a Latin twist. Bring your homemade instruments as you virtually dance and groove through NYC’s Spanish Harlem. We know our littlest jazz fans each have unique schedules; to accommodate everyone, families can access the party whenever it’s most convenient. This fun, interactive 45-minute concert is recommended for families with children 8-months to 8-years-old, but all ages are welcome!

Jazz in Times Square (curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center)

Thursdays from July 8 – Sept 30, 2021

July 8, at 7:00pmET featuring Etienne Charles

Artists to perform on the following dates to be announced:

July 15, at 7:00pmET

July 22, at 7:00pmET

July 29, at 7:00pmET

August 5, at 7:00pmET

August 12, at 7:00pmET

August 19, at 7:00pmET

August 26, at 7:00pmET

September 2, at 7:00pmET

September 9, at 7:00pmET

September 16, at 7:00pmET

September 23, at 7:00pmET

Thursday, Sept 30, 2021 7:00pmET

Times Square, New York City

Tickets: Free

Times Square Alliance welcomes New Yorkers and visitors back to the district during the warmer months. Etienne Charles Quartet launches the weekly free concert season which brings New York City’s hottest young jazz bands to the plaza and creates the feeling of an intimate club amidst the lights and sounds of Times Square. Visit for artists to be confirmed throughout the series, free to the public.

WeBop Virtual Summer Term

Tuesday, August 3 – Saturday, August 28

Tickets: $10 suggested donation, registration opens on June 24 at 11:00am

WeBop Virtual Summer Term explores the lives and music jazz titans Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams and Tito Puente. For more information and to register, head to

Bryant Park Picnic Performances: Young Stars of Jazz featuring Isaiah J. Thompson, Endea Owens, Kyle Poole, Anthony Hervey, Alexa Tarantino, and Julian Lee Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center

Friday, August 13, 2021, at 7:00pmET

Bryant Park

Tickets: Free

Supporting the next generation of jazz stars is one of the most exciting and important initiatives at Jazz at Lincoln Center. For this performance, this collective of incredible young jazz musicians will take you on a journey through blues, swing and improvisation.

Bryant Park Picnic Performances: Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio: Reimagining Burt Bacharach Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center

Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 7:00pmET

Bryant Park

Tickets: Free

The sky’s the limit for the multi-talented Camille Thurman. An award-winning composer and arranger, formidable saxophonist, jaw-dropping vocalist, and trusted bandleader, Thurman would still be making the “rising star” lists even if she focused on just one of her musical gifts. Thankfully, she’s instead rapidly developing every aspect of her artistry. For the past several years Thurman has been a popular headliner at Dizzy’s Club and a regular presence with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. For this occasion, Thurman has developed a new program of reimagined Burt Bacharach hits. A genre-spanning artist himself, Bacharach was influenced at a young age by jazz icons Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie before becoming one of the most successful songwriters of all time. Over the course of his 60-plus year career, Bacharach has released nine No. 1 hit songs and nearly 50 top-ten hits, blending jazz, bossa nova, soul, and pop styles into a distinctive and enduring new sound.

SummerStage: Willie Jones III – A Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration
Featuring Sarah Hanahan, Godwin Louis, Justin Robinson, Erena Terakubo with Donald Vega and Endea Owens
Sunday, August 29, 2021, at 6:00pmET
Marcus Garvey Park
Tickets: Free

For the Charlie Parker Centennial, Willie Jones III and Jazz at Lincoln Center have assembled a multi-generational, international band of men and women to represent the global impact that Parker had—and continues to have—on music and the musicians that make it. Jones serves as music director, anchoring the rhythm section on drums. The rest of the ensemble includes pianist Donald Vega (who plays regularly with the legendary Ron Carter); bassist and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Endea Owens, the house bassist in Jon Batiste’s Stay Human on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert; the alto saxophonists include Justin Robinson (a veteran of Roy Hargrove’s bands), Sapporo, Japan’s Erena Terakubo, a bandleader in her own right with six albums under her belt, and Harlem’s Godwin Louis, who founded the “Experience Ayiti” foundation for multi-disciplinary arts education, and Juilliard masters student Sarah Hanahan.

Since March 2020, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performance, education, and advocacy resources have been shared mostly for free with the organization’s growing global community of over two million people to share in turn with their friends, family, fans, supporters, companies, and constituencies. Although The House of Swing may be dark temporarily, we at Jazz at Lincoln Center are providing resources for cultural nourishment and comfort in these uncertain times.

A schedule of live and livestream performances, family and education programs and more can be found on

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