Join us for this exclusive Friends of The Sheldon streaming event to benefit Sheldon education programs that serve over 30,000 students each year.


The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet’s performance of “The Sounds of Democracy” aims to entertain, inspire, and uplift audiences with the full vigor, vision, and depth of America’s music.


Led by trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis and featuring seven of jazz’s finest soloists, the concert’s unique repertoire celebrates jazz’s embodiment of freedom and democracy.

The evening will feature the premiere of The Democracy Suite, a new Marsalis composition written during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as a response to the political, social, and economic struggles facing our nation. The Democracy Suite is a swinging and stimulating instrumental rumination on the issues that have recently dominated our lives as well as the beauty that could emerge from a collective effort to create a better future.

The septet includes Wynton Marsalis, trumpet/music director; Elliot Mason, trombone; Ted Nash, alto saxophone; Walter Blanding, tenor saxophone; Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; and Obed Calvaire, drums.

Concert stream will be available for 24 hours following the performance. Link will be sent at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start of the stream. A valid e-mail is required to receive the concert link.

This concert was filmed on September 27, 2020 in the Appel Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. Artists performed under the guidelines established for Media Production in New York. Jazz at Lincoln Center is observing all recommended protocols for cleaning, testing, and safety. 

Individual Underwriter tickets at $250 include access to the concert, plus a four-week streaming course from Swing University, led by Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Director of Public Programs and Education Resources, Seton Hawkins, individual sponsor recognition and a tax deduction.

Patron tickets at $150 include access to the concert, plus a four-week streaming course from Swing University, led by Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Director of Public Programs and Education Resources, Seton Hawkins, and a tax deduction.

Swing University is designed by JLCO to help jazz fans become better listeners, introduce music lovers to new and classic sounds, illuminate the music’s history and place it within a modern context. The classes will take place online on Friday nights from October 23 – November 13 at 7 p.m. Central Time. Zoom access is required to attend Swing U.

Facilitated by Seton Hawkins, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Director of Public Programs and Education Resources, this jazz-lovers dream-class will dive into the history of jazz, starting in the 1920s, move through the Swing Era, and culminate in bebop and bebop descendants. In the final week, the class will focus on the works and impact of St. Louis legend, Clark Terry.

Click here to order patron level tickets! Space is limited!

Proceeds benefit The Sheldon’s education programs that serve over 30,000 students each year!

A link to the concert stream will be sent at least 2 hours before the scheduled start of the event. A valid e-mail is required to receive link to performance. If you do not receive the link by 6 p.m. on November 15, please contact

Patron ticket holders will be sent a Zoom link prior to October 22 for access to Swing U. Swing classes will take place:

Friday, October 23 at 7 p.m.

Friday, October 30 at 7 p.m.

Friday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

Friday, November 13 at 7 p.m.

Thank you so much for your support of this event and for helping us make our educational programs available to over 30,000 students each year!

If you would like to make an additional contribution, in advance or on the night of concert, click here or text “Friend” to 314.582.8848.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) comprises seven of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today. Led by Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs a vast repertoire ranging from original compositions and Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works to rare historic compositions and masterworks by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. The JLCO has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988, performing and leading educational events in New York, across the United States, and around the globe. Alongside symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students, and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists, the JLCO has toured over 300 cities across six continents. Guest conductors have included Benny Carter, John Lewis, Jimmy Heath, Chico O’Farrill, Ray Santos, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Robert Sadin, David Berger, Gerald Wilson, and Loren Schoenberg. The JLCO has been voted best Big Band in the annual DownBeat Readers’ Poll from 2013–2016.

In 2015, Jazz at Lincoln Center announced the launch of Blue Engine Records, a new platform to make its archive of recorded concerts available to jazz audiences everywhere. The first release from Blue Engine Records, Live in Cuba, was recorded on a historic 2010 trip to Havana by the JLCO and was released in October 2015. Big Band Holidays was released in December 2015, The Abyssinian Mass came out in March 2016, The Music of John Lewis was released in March 2017, and the JLCO’s Handful of Keys came out in September 2017. Blue Engine’s United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas features the Wynton Marsalis Septet and an array of special guests, with all proceeds going toward Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education initiatives. Recent album releases include 2018’s Una Noché con Ruben Blades, 2019’s Betty Carter’s The Music Never Stops, 2019’s Bolden (Official Soundtrack), composed and performed by Wynton Marsalis. Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony, performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson was released in July 2019. To date, 14 other recordings have been released and internationally distributed: Vitoria Suite, Portrait in Seven Shades; Congo Square, Don’t Be Afraid …The Music of Charles Mingus, A Love Supreme, All Rise, Big Train, Sweet Release & Ghost Story, Live in Swing City, Jump Start and Jazz, Blood on the Fields, They Came to Swing, The Fire of the Fundamentals, and Portraits by Ellington.

Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet) is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a world-renowned trumpeter and composer. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12, entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and then joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 60 jazz and classical recordings, which have won him nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammys in the same year and repeated this feat in 1984. Marsalis is also an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of U.S. universities and colleges. He has written six books; his most recent are Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!, illustrated by Paul Rogers and published by Candlewick Press in 2012, and Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life with Geoffrey C. Ward, published by Random House in 2008. In 1997 Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2001 he was appointed Messenger of Peace by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and he has also been designated cultural ambassador to the United States of America by the U.S. State Department through their CultureConnect program. Marsalis was instrumental in the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief concert, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. The event raised more than $3 million for the Higher Ground Relief Fund to benefit the musicians, music industry-related enterprises, and other individuals and entities from the areas in Greater New Orleans who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Marsalis helped lead the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home—Frederick P. Rose Hall—the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened in October 2004.

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