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Wynton Marsalis leads Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra live at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on Oct. 6

Wynton Marsalis leads Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra live at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on Oct. 6
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From a press release:

This season, the Circle Drive-In Theatre has hosted live country and rock concerts, and next month, it will add jazz to its repertoire.

It was announced over the weekend that the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet, led by Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, is coming from New York City to Dickson City for a live show on Tuesday, Oct. 6, presented by Stage West in Scranton and DamnMillennial Promotions.

Gates at the Circle Drive-In (1911 Scranton/Carbondale Hwy., Dickson City) open at 6 p.m., and the all-ages concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which are $139 per vehicle for general admission (up to four guests max) and $199 per vehicle for Gold Circle parking close to the stage (up to four guests max), are on sale now via Prekindle.

No campers, RVs, party buses, or motorcycles are admitted. Sealed water bottles are allowed. Food and beverages (alcohol included) will be available for purchase. Sitting outside your vehicle is permitted, but all attendees must arrive together and remain near their car. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

The Circle Drive-In is following Department of Health recommendations and “adhering to safety protocols, mandatory face covering requirements, social distancing, and strict disinfecting and cleaning procedures.” Restrooms will be open with attendants on-site.

Anyone attending a drive-in movie or event must wear a face covering and practice social distancing. The concession stand will have limited selections and has put extra safety procedures in place.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today.

In the spirit of swing, the mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. They 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 people to face adversity with persistent optimism.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. It produces an annual concert season in Rose Theater and the Appel Room and nightly concerts at Dizzy’s Club, all located at Frederick P. Rose Hall on the fifth floor of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, New York City.

JALC education programs include the Essentially Ellington High School Band Competition and Festival, Webop, Jazz for Young People, Swing U, and the Jazz Academy video library. JALC’s advocacy initiatives include Blue Engine Records and Jazz Congress, a two-day gathering of the jazz community held each January.

Wynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a celebrated trumpeter and composer. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, he began his classical training on trumpet at age 12, entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and then joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He made his recording debut as a leader in 1982 and has since recorded more than 60 jazz and classical recordings that have won him nine Grammy Awards. In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammys in the same year and repeated this feat in 1984.

Marsalis is also an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of U.S. universities and colleges. He has written six books; his most recent are “Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!,” illustrated by Paul Rogers and published by Candlewick Press in 2012, and “Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life” with Geoffrey C. Ward, published by Random House in 2008.

In 1997, Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio “Blood on the Fields,” which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2001, he was appointed Messenger of Peace by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and he has also been designated cultural ambassador to the United States of America by the U.S. State Department through their CultureConnect program.

Marsalis was instrumental in the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief concert, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. The event raised more than $3 million for the Higher Ground Relief Fund to benefit the musicians, music industry-related enterprises, and other individuals and entities from the areas in Greater New Orleans that were impacted by Hurricane Katrina. He also helped lead the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened in October of 2004.

“The whole space is dedicated to the feeling of swing, which is a feeling of extreme coordination,” explained Marsalis of his vision for the new home of jazz, or the “House of Swing.”

“Everything is integrated: the relationship between one space and another, the relationship between the audience and the musicians, is one fluid motion, because that’s how our music is.”

Over the past three decades, Jazz at Lincoln Center has become an important advocate for jazz, culture, and arts education globally. Key milestones in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30-year history include:

  • A global audience of nearly two million people of all ages and experiences through concerts, webcasting, musical instruction, and distribution of music scores, the vast majority of which is free of charge.
  • More than 648,280 participants in the Essentially Ellington program, including the JLCO’s own Carlos Henriquez.
  • Online viewership of more than 330,000 people from more than 150 countries since the launch of the free concert webcast series during the 25th anniversary season.
  • Over 148,000 students in the last year were a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs, many of whom had no other access to quality music education.
  • More than 1,200 original concerts in the New York City area.
  • Tours in over 446 cities in 41 countries on five continents.

“Throughout history, jazz musicians have inspired and have been inspired by many art forms to create new works and express cultural statements. For 30 years, Jazz at Lincoln Center has continued that tradition through our programs,” Marsalis said.

“Today, we remain committed to jazz which reveals the best of American culture with its virtuosity, diversity, soulfulness, and an embracing spirit under all circumstances.”