Dedicated to the vitality and preservation of the heritage of American jazz, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (formerly the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), based in New York, is the cornerstone of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program, where it operates as the big band in residence. With a vast and eclectic repertoire, the orchestra consists of 15 musicians performing in a large number of events and tours, with extensive concerts all over the U.S. and the world’s most prestigious concert halls. The JLCO also offers a number of educational activities organized by Jazz at Lincoln Center, including workshops and classes for dedicated musicians, activities for children and events for young orchestras. That packed agenda also includes radio and TV programs, collaborations with symphonic and philharmonic orchestras (New York, Berlin, London), and recordings under their own name and accompanying their artistic director, Wynton Marsalis. Established in 1988, the orchestra was initially led by David Berger. After becoming artistic director in 1991, Marsalis would develop its historical program, paying special attention to the work of Duke Ellington, while also focusing on original compositions. Its notable releases include Jump Start and Jazz (1997), Blood on the Fields (awarded the Pulitzer Prize), Sweet Release & Ghost Story and Big Train in 1999. That same year, the orchestra celebrated Duke Ellington’s centenary with the album Live in Swing City: Swingin' With the Duke. In the 2000s, its major recordings include All Rise (2002), Don't Be Afraid: The Music of Charles Mingus (2005), Congo Square (2006) in collaboration with illustrious Ghanaian percussionist Yacub Addy and most recently, the live double album Live in Cuba (2015), celebrating the Afro-Cuban tradition.