The Marsalis family performing in the Frederick P. Rose Hall
New York City’s Jazz At Lincoln Center (www.jalc.org) held a grand opening for its new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on October 18, 2004. The 100,000-square-foot facility houses multiple spaces for performance, education and broadcasting, including extensive recording facilities. The 1,200-seat Rose Theater hosted a vibrant concert by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by JALC artistic director Wynton Marsalis, who was joined by Tony Bennett, Roy Haynes, Abbey Lincoln and many more. The true jewel of the facility, however, was the 500-capacity Allen Room, in which the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra played. With excellent acoustics and the stunning backdrop of a 50×90-foot floor-to-ceiling glass wall looking out on Central Park, this venue is nothing short of an instant classic.