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Jazz on the Rise at Lincoln Center

January 10, 1991

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jazz is moving up in the classical music world with the creation of a Department of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Rob Gibson, the man named Wednesday to head the newly created department, said that in five to 10 years ″we should have jazz three nights a week at Lincoln Center, right along with the New York Philharmonic.″

Gibson, 32, director of a jazz festival and an international music festival in Atlanta, was introduced by Nathan Leventhal, president of Lincoln Center. Leventhal said that the center’s board has recommended that the jazz department’s expenditure be $1 million a year by the mid-1990s.

″We want to have education, an Ellington festival where we invite high school and college bands to come and perform, an archive. We’re going to expand performances. We want to take the classical jazz orchestra on the road, put out recordings,″ said trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the center’s artistic director of classical jazz.

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