Cleaning the Fabric Upholstered Walls at Jazz at Lincoln Center: Cuz we are Some Cool Cats

This post is a special one. Not only are we going to tell you about a job we are hoping to get, but you’ll also get an NYC nightlife tip!!

We recently submitted our proposal for a job cleaning the upholstered walls at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the first venue built specifically for jazz. Erected in 2004, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission is four-fold: educational, curatorial, archival, and ceremonial.

In the mid-1980s, Lincoln Center, Inc. was looking to expand its programming efforts to attract new and younger audiences, and to fill its halls during the summer months when resident companies were performing elsewhere. Long-time jazz enthusiasts on the Lincoln Center campus and on the Lincoln Center Board recognized the need for America’s music to be represented, and lobbied to include jazz in the organization’s offerings. After four summers of successful Classical Jazz concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) became an official department of Lincoln Center in 1991. During its first year, JALC produced concerts throughout New York City, including Brooklyn and Harlem. By the second year, JALC had its own radio series on National Public Radio, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (now known as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) began touring, and recording and selling CDs. By its fourth year, the program reached international audiences with performances in Hong Kong and, the following year, in France, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Norway, Spain, England, Germany and Finland. In July 1996, JALC was inducted as the first new constituent of Lincoln Center since The School of American Ballet joined in 1987, laying the groundwork for the building of a performance facility designed specifically for the sound, function and feeling of jazz.

“The whole space is dedicated to the feeling of swing, which is a feeling of extreme coordination,” explained Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis of his vision for the new home of jazz, or the “House of Swing.” “Everything is integrated: the relationship between one space and another, the relationship between the audience and the musicians, is one fluid motion, because that’s how our music is.” Under Marsalis’s direction, JALC sought out world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly and a team of acoustic engineers to create Frederick P. Rose Hall, the world’s first performance, education and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, in New York City. As the centerpiece of a $131 million capital campaign drive, the 100,000-square-foot facility opened in fall 2004 and features three concert and performance spaces (Rose Theater, The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola) engineered for the warmth and clarity of the sound of jazz.

So, the NYC nightlife tip is GO HANG AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER!! Grab your significant other and say “Hey, baby. I got some bread. Let’s paint the town!!”

Having been built 10 years ago, Jazz at Lincoln Center has been through a lot: parties, performances, galas, and more—and stains have begun to be noticeable.

There are two types of stains on the fabric upholstered walls:

1. Stains from people’s hands

One of the problems with having such cool walls is that people like to touch them. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, there are walls that are made of 4 inch upholstered slats with padding behind them. They look cool, they feel cool, they ARE cool. They are the jazziest walls around, come to think of it.


2. Stains from food and drink

You know how at weddings and parties there are usually trays set up along the walls of the venue so you can put your appetizer plates and empty drink glasses? Well, Jazz at Lincoln Center is no different, and after 10 years of partying, some stains have occurred on the other fabric upholstered walls.

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Management at Jazz at Lincoln Center really hopes the stains can be removed because doing so is much less expensive than replacing the fabric upholstered walls. We really hope they choose us for the job. Not only would it be the jazziest thing we do all summer, but cleaning fabric upholstered walls happens to be our bag, so not getting the job would really give us the blues.

Stay tuned to find out if we get the job, and get in touch if you have any questions about cleaning fabric upholstered walls or even upholstered furniture! 914-834-5955.