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The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. We believe Jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it dedicates that freedom to finding and maintaining common ground with others. Because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us to face adversity with persistent optimism.

Joining our UPAS performers will be Wynton Marsalis, the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a world-renowned trumpeter and composer.

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Walter Blanding a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1998 and has performed, toured and/or recorded with his own groups and with such renowned artists as the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, Hilton Ruiz, Count Basie Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Isaac Hayes, and many others.

Chris Crenshaw who in 2006 joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and in 2012 he composed God’s Trombones,” a spiritually focused work which was premiered by the orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Vincent Gardner (trombone) has contributed many arrangements to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and other ensembles. In 2009 he was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center to write “The Jesse B. Semple Suite,” a 60-minute suite inspired by the short stories of Langston Hughes.

Victor Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993; as a composer he has more than 50 original works to his credit. He has recorded and/or performed with many noted jazz and popular artists including Ahmad Jamal, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Willie Nelson, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and a host of others.

Carlos Henriquez who in 1998, swiftly after high school, joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, touring the world and featured on more than 25 albums.

Sherman Irby toured the U.S. and the Caribbean with the Boys Choir of Harlem in 1995, and was a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from 1995 to 1997.

Ali Jackson (Drums) has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 2005, currently performs with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Horns in the Hood, and leads the Ali Jackson Quartet, and hosted “Jammin’ with Jackson,” a series for young musicians at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Club Coca-Cola.

Ryan Kisor (trumpet) has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1994.

Elliot Mason (Trombone) who by 16, left England to join his brother Brad Mason at the Berklee College of Music on a full tuition scholarship, and has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 2006. Mason also continues to co-lead the Mason Brothers Quintet with his brother, and released their debut album, Two Sides, One Story in 2011.

Ted Nash is co-leader of the Jazz Composers Collective and is constantly pushing the envelope in the world of “traditional jazz.” His album Portrait in Seven Shades was recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and was released in 2010, and is the first composition released by the JLCO featuring original music by a band member other than bandleader Wynton Marsalis.

Paul Nedzela (Baritone Saxophone) has become one of today's top baritone saxophone players. He has played with many renowned artists and ensembles after graduating with honors from McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 2006 and continuing his musical studies at The Juilliard School with a Master of Music degree in 2008.

Dan Nimmer who, a year after moving to New York City, became a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Quintet and has released four of his own albums on the Venus label (Japan).

Marcus Printup who in 1991 met his mentor, the great pianist Marcus Roberts who later introduced him to Wynton Marsalis, which led to Printup’s induction into the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1993. He has recorded several records as a leader: Song for the Beautiful Woman, Unveiled, Hub Songs, Nocturnal Traces, The New Boogaloo, Peace in the Abstract, Bird of Paradise, London Lullaby Ballads All Night, and A Time for Love.

Kenny Rampton joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2010 and continues to lead his own sextet in addition to performing with the Mingus Big Band, The Mingus Orchestra, The Mingus Dynasty, George Gruntz’ Concert Jazz Band, and The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra (under the direction of Dave Matthews).