Lincoln Center is creating a Dept. of Jazz as its first step toward establishing a new Lincoln Center constituent organization devoted to the genre.
New component would be the 12th arm of the center’s “family,” and the first created by the center since the Film Society and the Chamber Music Society, both founded in 1969.
Rob Gibson, former director of the Atlanta Jazz Series and the Montreux Atlanta Intl. Music Festival, will join Lincoln Center as director of the department. Musician Wynton Marsalis, currently artistic director of the center’s “Classical Jazz” series, will provide overall artistic guidance.
Department will focus on presenting a range of concerts and developing educational programs for children and adults, professional training opportunities for young musicians and other archival and scholarly services. The Aaron Diamond Foundation and the Samuel and May Rudin Foundation have made undisclosed contributions to help establish the department.
The center’s board of directors has recommended that the facility devote, as funding becomes available, $1 million annually to the jazz department by the mid-1990s.