Woodinville, WA (November 19, 2004)–The long-awaited new home of Jazz at Lincoln Center was unveiled last month as part of a three-week grand opening celebration that was televised live on PBS and broadcast throughout North America with a little help from a Mackie Digital 8 Bus.
The grand opening ceremonies featured three simultaneous programs in its three spaces. The flagship Frederick P. Rose Hall hosted performances by the JALC Orchestra, featuring Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis directing a tribute to Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Performances by Arturo O’Farrill and special guests inaugurated the elegant Allen Room, which features Greek amphitheater-inspired architecture and a 90-foot by 50-foot glass wall overlooking Manhattan. The intimate Dizzy’s Club was ushered in by the Bill Charlap Trio with guests Peter Washington and Kenny Washington.
The opening night’s festivities were broadcast live on PBS and NPR, with host Ed Bradley moving from venue to venue as the evening progressed. Veteran mix engineer Ed Green oversaw the broadcast, which represented a number of technical challenges. “We set up a Mackie d8b on the ground floor, taking live feed from over 150 microphones on the 5th floor,” Green recounted. “We followed Ed Bradley to each room, broadcasting a few songs from each show before moving on to the next.”
In addition to the TV broadcast, radio network NPR was broadcasting each of the three shows in its entirety. In the two larger venues, the NPR live feed was mixed through two Mackie 32×8 analog mixers.
The $128 million Frederick P. Rose Hall, a 100,000 square foot palace occupying two floors of the new Time-Warner building in New York’s Columbus Circle, is the first performance and education facility designed specifically for jazz, and features three acoustically designed live venues.
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