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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), led by Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers in jazz music today. Since its first downbeat as a summer concert series at Lincoln Center in 1987, the JLCO has stayed true to its mission, which is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy. Over the past three decades, the JLCO has performed in more than 446 cities in 41 countries on five continents, including their last SMF performance in 2012. The JLCO believes jazz is a metaphor for democracy, as it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. You don’t want to miss the chance to experience that sound in person!