Luxury apartments on the Upper West Side offer a rare combination of modern amenities and stately pre-war architectural majesty – not to mention top-flight cultural offerings within easy walking distance. Just one example is Jazz at Lincoln Center, a tried and true NYC arts institution that has thrived under the aegis of artistic and managing director Wynton Marsalis since its inception in 1987.

From a renowned family of American jazz artists, Marsalis has helped propel contemporary jazz to the forefront of American culture and lore. Raised in New Orleans under the musical tutelage of his father, a celebrated jazz pianist and teacher, Marsalis studied classical trumpet at The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center before accepting an invitation to join the legendary Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers band. Blakey’s band had inspired and influenced multiple generations of emerging jazz artists over its 30-year existence, and very soon Marsalis was invited to sit in with a who’s who of legendary jazz names like Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, and Sonny Rollins. Since then he has played for audiences around the world and cemented his reputation as one of the foremost jazz performers and supporters in the history of the art form.

Beyond performance, Marsalis has devoted his talents to jazz composition, collaborations with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and extensive partnerships with dance organizations such as the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and American Ballet Theatre. Marsalis was in fact the first jazz musician to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize in music for his work on Blood on the Fields, his Lincoln Center-commissioned jazz oratorio.

Due in great part to Marsalis’s continued influence, upper West Side residents are enjoying a typically electrifying and varied Jazz at Lincoln Center season this year. Upcoming programming celebrates the music of New Orleans, The Caribbean, and South and Central America, and offers notable performances such as John Scofield and Taj Mahal honoring the work of Muddy Waters, and a parade of contemporary divas singing Billie Holiday favorites to mark the 100th anniversary of the legendary jazz vocalist’s birth. Equally exciting offerings round out the schedule for Jazz at Lincoln Center into the spring.

Not only is Jazz at Lincoln Center located just a short walk from luxury condos and apartments for sale on the UWS, it also features its own stunning interiors to match the mood of its varied performances. While its jazz club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, offers an intimate space for a jazz-infused romantic rendezvous, its medium-sized amphitheater, The Appel Room, features sweeping views of Central Park via its dramatic 50×90-foot window. In Jazz at Lincoln Center’s largest space, The Rose Theater, understated elegance is the unifying theme thanks to shimmering lighting set against clean, natural wooden veneers. Regardless of which venue you enjoy at Jazz at Lincoln Center, you’ll be sure to agree that the Upper West Side is fortunate to claim this cultural gem as its own.

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