New York, NY (December 17, 2018) – Dancer, actor, choreographer, and 2017 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Lavallade's Carmen will grace The Call Room in a special titled performance, Life of a Legend on January 24-25 at 7pm each night. Her groundbreaking performances have inspired artists and audiences for generations and at these two evenings, Jazz at Lincoln Center will celebrate Lavallade's love of both dance and jazz, revisiting the iconic dance works she performed with the most legendary musicians in jazz history.  Lavallade – director and soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, dancer Maggie Small of the Richmond Ballet, pianist Dominic Fallacaro, bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Billy Drummond. 19659002]
Lavallade's Thoughts has long been a star on Broadway, Hollywood, theater, and many genres of dance-including ballets choreographed for her by the likes of Lester Horton, Agnes of Mille, and Geoffrey Holder-her roots in jazz run especially deep. She brought Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to tears in 1960 with the embodiment of Billie Holiday in “Portrait of Billie” – a piece that Lavallade performed with a friend of hers brought to the dance world: Alvin Ailey. De Lavallade's artistry goes so much deeper than technical mastery; she approaches dance as an act of storytelling, a transfixing form of communication that she still achieves with grace at age 87.
Life of a Legend: Carmen de Lavallade will take place in The Call Room in Frederick Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located on Broadway at 60th Street in New York City. The performance on Thursday, January 24 at 7pm, will be live webcast at jazz.org/live and on Facebook. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit jazz.org.