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Marsalis Plans First Jazz Hall

May 23, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Wynton Marsalis touted plans Tuesday for the world’s first concert halls built especially for jazz, in a 100,000-square-foot complex with a view of Central Park.

``Everything is going to be integrated: the relationship between one space and another, the relationship between the audience and the musicians will be one fluid motion because that’s how our music is,″ Marsalis said of the $103 million jazz center to be built at Columbus Circle. Marsalis will be artistic director.

The new complex is scheduled to open in 2003. It will include a 1,100-seat theater and a 600-seat performance atrium with a dance floor and tables. Musicians will perform in front of a 50-foot window overlooking the park from six floors up.

In addition, a 140-seat jazz cafe is planned, along with a jazz Hall of Fame, two rehearsal studios and a classroom.

The complex, on the site of the New York Coliseum now being razed, also is to house the headquarters of AOL-Time Warner, stores, condominiums, a garage and a hotel.

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