The gala, on November 14 at JALC's Rose Hall, will be hosted by television correspondent Ed Bradley. Performers will include Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pianist Hank Jones, the Kronos Quartet, saxophonist Joe Lovano, drummer Herlin Riley, and pianist Marcus Roberts.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1980, Marsalis joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers; the same year, he signed with Columbia Records. Possessed of extraordinary facility on the trumpet and a reverence for history, he rapidly became a star. His purist vision drew criticism from some, but it also helped create an entire generation of hard-swinging young players. His impact has expanded further since he co-founded Jazz at Lincoln Center, the most ambitious institution ever devoted to jazz performance and education, in 1991.
"Wynton Marsalis's contribution [to] American culture is immeasurable," said JALC executive director Derek E. Gordon. "He is a musician, a composer, a bandleader, an educator, and a great humanitarian. His artistic vision has brought American culture to a higher level and has enriched the cultural landscape."
Tickets for the gala start at $1,500, and are available by calling 212-258-9961.