On Saturday, June 14, Jazz at Lincoln Center will partner with The Harlem Children’s Zone to present Uptown Family Swing, a free community concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Mr. Aubrey’s Show Kids. Director and choreographer Aubrey Lynch II will choreograph a group of 100 students ages 8 to17 from various Harlem and Washington Heights schools, including Harlem Children’s Zone, who will dance to music performed by the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis.
Uptown Family Swing features the music of Duke Ellington and the story of Jazzland, conceived and written by Lynch. The Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band, the official touring big band of the United States Army that was formed in 1969, will open the show.
Free tickets have been distributed to more than 3,000 members of community groups throughout New York City. Notable participants will include Borough President of Manhattan Gale Brewer, District 9 Council Member Inez E. Dickens, Harlem Children’s Zone COO Anne Williams-Isom, Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, choreographer Aubrey Lynch II, and Jazz at Lincoln Center board and special guests.
Uptown Family Swing will take place at The United Palace Theatre, located at 4140 Broadway and 175th Street (Washington Heights), New York City.