Essentially Ellington Festival Ticket Giveaway

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 17th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival is taking place this weekend, May 4th-6th and you could be there if you win our tickets.

Dubbed “the Super Bowl of high school band competitions,” during Essentially Ellington, jazz bands of 15 high schools from across the country will descend upon New York City to compete and participate in workshops, jam sessions and more. The three top-placing bands get to perform with Wynton Marsalis and the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, whose members serve as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the weekend. The Festival’s finale is an awards ceremony at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday, May 6th at 7:00 PM, honoring outstanding soloists, sections and the top three bands.

“It is extremely gratifying to see the results of the seeds we sowed 16 years ago when we started Essentially Ellington. The improvement in the quality of the bands down through the years attests to the artistic substance of Duke Ellington’s music. The enthusiasm and dedication of students, families, band directors, judges, and alumni testify to the timeless American values that define this competition and festival. I’m looking forward to hearing this year’s finalists; it is my favorite time of year.”

Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Tickets to the Festivals competition parts at Jazz @ Lincoln Center (Saturday, May 5th from 2:30pm-6:30pm and Sunday May 6th from 10am-11:30am and 1pm-3pm) are free and available to all on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for the Final Concert and Awards Ceremony at Avery Fisher Hall are $20 or $25 and available now by calling CenterCharge at 212-721-6500 or visiting

Essentially Ellington Lincoln Center Festival Ticket Giveaway

We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the Final Concert and Awards Ceremony Sunday, May 6 at 7:30pm at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.



Winner Announcement: The winner is Jason – congrats and enjoy the event!

Leave a comment below. You can write anything you like but please leave your name and email address in the boxes provided so I can contact you if you win.

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PRIZE: One winner will win FOUR free tickets to the Final Concert and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 6th, 2012 that will be held at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

General Giveaway Rules: No Purchase Necessary. This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. Ends on May 2, 2012, at midnight EST. The email addresses that are collected for this giveaway will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner and will never be given out to anyone nor sold. The winners will be randomly chosen and contacted via email. The winner will have 72 hours to respond. Only one winner per household. Please make sure you check your junk mail folder.

Disclosure: Essentially Ellington is providing the tickets to the winner.

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  1. I would love to win..

  2. Free jazz??? Umm, yes please… **fingers crossed** Plus, it would give me one more excuse for a trip to NYC.

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