New York, NY,
16:30 PM

Voices of Mississippi

Multimedia Concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center Celebrates the Blues with Bobby Rush, Ruthie Foster, Members of the North Mississippi Allstars, and More


Hosted by Folklorist and Project Creator Dr. William Ferris


February 25–26

Two sets per night, 7:00 p.m and 9:30 p.m.


Based on the 2019 GRAMMY Award-winning Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris, Jazz at Lincoln Center launches its first Appel Room performances since 2020 with Voices of Mississippi, a multimedia concert event celebrating the blues and gospel music, art, and storytelling traditions of the American South. The immersive concert experience on February 25–26, hosted by eminent folklorist, historian, and former NEH Chairman Dr. William Ferris, will feature live performances by Mississippi-based blues, folk, and gospel musicians, paired with archival film and audio recordings, rare photographs, and spoken-word storytelling.

With four concerts across the two nights, Voices of Mississippi will bring together some of the twenty-first century’s foremost blues and gospel artists, all of whom are direct descendants of the artists documented by Ferris for the original Voices of Mississippi project. Guitarist and vocalist Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars will direct the band as well as perform. He will be joined by multi-Grammy-winning blues legend Bobby Rush making his JALC debut, performing on guitar and vocals alongside Ruthie Foster and Cedric Burnside, with Shardé Thomas on fife and North Mississippi Allstars member Cody Dickinson on vocals and drums.

Founding director of the University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Southern Culture and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, historian and folklorist Dr. William Ferris captured hundreds of hours of field recordings, films, and photographs to create an invaluable archive of cultural and musical life in Mississippi from the 1960s through the 1990s. Voices of Mississippi will bring these archival materials to life on the Appel Room stage to paint a powerful picture of a singular time and place that remains an essential piece of the American cultural fabric.

The Appel Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall is located on Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York.

Tickets for Voices of Mississippi are available for purchase via

Health and Safety Guidelines

We believe in the power of music to uplift, inspire, and create a sense of community. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to the House of Swing at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall this season and are committed to employing all measures to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our artists and staff. Learn more about our health and safety guidelines, COVID-19 Liability Waiver, and enhanced refund policy on

Jazz at Lincoln Center requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a prerequisite to entering, visiting, and working in its facilities.

All guests entering Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) venues must present proof of a COVID-19 vaccination authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and/or World Health Organization (“WHO”) for emergency use, with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before entry.

Jazz at Lincoln Center has partnered with Health Pass by CLEAR, which provides a secure, digital proof of COVID-related health insights via a free mobile app. Guests can use the CLEAR health pass to confirm identity and vaccination status by downloading the CLEAR app (for more details, visit: For the most efficient entry possible, we encourage attendees to enroll with CLEAR at least 24 hours before the event.

In addition to Health Pass, JALC will also accept physical vaccination cards or NY State’s Excelsior Pass (for more details, visit:, both requiring an accompanying photo ID.

Vaccines are now available for children ages 5–11, and fully vaccinated children are welcome at FPRH, two weeks after they have received their final dose. Proof of vaccination is required but Photo ID for children under 12 will not be required as long as they are accompanied by a parent/guardian with valid photo ID.

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Ticket Information:

Ticket prices for The Appel Room are $65 and up, dependent on seating section for the 7:00 p.m. sets, and $45 and up, depending on seating section for the 9:30 p.m. sets.

Note: Hot Seats—$10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select performances in The Appel Room—are available for purchase by the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Tickets are subject to availability; please call 212-258-9877 for available Hot Seats performance dates.

Hot Seats are available only in person at the Box Office, with a maximum of two tickets per person. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Hot Seats Ticket Discount Program is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

*Please note that a $3.50 Jazz at Lincoln Center Facility Fee applies to ALL ticket purchases, with the exception of $10 Hot Seats. A $7 handling fee also applies when purchasing tickets from CenterCharge or when purchasing tickets online via

All single tickets for The Appel Room and Rose Theater can be purchased through 24 hours a day or through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor.

Box Office hours:
Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Center Charge hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Voices of Mississippi is presented through the generosity of Jody and John Arnhold.

Leadership support for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concert season is provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Lisa Meulbroek and Brent Harris, The Jay Pritzker Foundation, and Lynne and Richard Pasculano.

Major support for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concert season is provided by   
Manitou Fund.

Generous Support for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concert season is provided by   
an Anonymous Family Foundation and Susan and J. Alan Kahn.

Leadership support for Jazz at Lincoln Center is provided by an Anonymous Donor, Jody and John Arnhold, Abrams Foundation, The Ambrose Monell Foundation,   
Dalio Philanthropies, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation,   
Howard Gilman Foundation, Inc., Karen Pritzker/Seedlings Foundation,   
Mellody Hobson and George Lucas, and William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

Major support made possible through America's Cultural Treasures,   
a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Generous support for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s operations provided by   
the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant through the leadership and support of   
Senator Charles E. Schumer and the New York Congressional Delegation.

Operating support for Jazz at Lincoln Center made possible by   
the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of   
the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners:   
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Grand Seiko, Con Edison, Entergy,  
Steinway & Sons, and The Coca-Cola Company.