Meet Our Team
Founder & Executive Director
Alina Bloomgarden, was originating producer of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Lincoln Center Reel to Real series and Director of Visitors Services for 23 years, where she received the Directors Emeriti Award for outstanding achievement. Proposing that jazz had a rightful place at America’s preeminent performing arts center, she invited Wynton Marsalis to participate as Artistic Advisor, the same role he how has for MOTI. She produced the first critically- acclaimed seasons of Jazz at Lincoln Center, which led to the establishment of jazz as a separate and equal constituent. It has now become her life’s work to galvanize the community of musicians as a force for encouragement and hope in criminal justice.
Wynton Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, music educator, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Marsalis won nine Grammys in jazz and classical music and he is also the first jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize. Nearly 5 million recordings of his music have been sold worldwide.
Anthony Ray Hinton
Mentor at Large
Anthony "Ray" Hinton spent 30 years on death row for crimes he did not commit yet never lost his faith or humanity which he credits to a loyal friend who never gave up on him. He’s committed to mentoring young people and wishes now more than anything to be a mentor to black and troubled youth.