ST REGIS Hotels & Resorts announces innovative Jazz partnership

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) announce today an unprecedented global partnership, bringing two New York icons together to concept and create a series of jazz clubs around the world in St. Regis hotels. With a shared ambition to open five jazz clubs in the next five years, St. Regis and JALC will open the first jazz club at The St. Regis Doha in April 2012. Through this partnership, jazz programming will be developed at St. Regis hotels, led by Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, providing both the novice and aficionado the opportunity to experience world-class jazz, learn about its rich history and understand its cultural value in a modern, authentic and bespoke way.

Throughout the Jazz Age, The St. Regis Rooftop Ballroom at the landmark hotel in New York City has played host to some of the finest jazz musicians in history with unforgettable performances from greats like Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Buddy Rich. It is this rich musical legacy born of America’s very own art form that makes jazz, not the classical repertoire of most luxury hotels, the soundtrack of St. Regis. Still committed to the highest level of virtuosity, St. Regis with Jazz at Lincoln Center continue to entertain and enlighten audiences around the world through jazz programming, special performances and beyond expectation guest experiences.

The partnership between JALC and St. Regis developed organically over the course of two years. In 2010 in honor of St. Regis’ extraordinary international growth and incredible jazz history, St. Regis produced Timeless is Modern, a limited edition jazz CD exclusively for the brand, which features a selection of 21 masterpieces of Duke Ellington performed by Marsalis and the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Marking St. Regis’ Coming of Age with the debut of its 21st hotel, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Jazz at Lincoln Center played in the spirit of the unforgettable performances that have been a foundation at The St. Regis New York since its opening.

As St. Regis continues to grow globally, opening eight hotels around the world in the next six months with three in the Middle East, the brand celebrates its jazz heritage with the upcoming debut of Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha at The St Regis Doha. Scheduled to open in April 2012, the jazz club will be similar in character to JALC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, designed to entertain, showcase and cultivate the best jazz talent in the world.

The opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha and The St. Regis Doha further solidify the Qatar as an emerging center of culture, commerce and leisure in the Middle East. The hotel, scheduled to open early next year, promises to bring the legendary St. Regis luxury to this thriving commercial and business region.

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and Jazz at Lincoln Center will continue to develop jazz programming at each St. Regis properties around the world and create beyond expectation guest experiences through the brand’s Aficionado program.