St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) will proudly unveil Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha at The St. Regis Doha on October 4th 2012 with opening performances by the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, featuring members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The debut of Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha marks the first in a series of jazz clubs that St. Regis and JALC aim to create together as part of a unique global partnership announced last year. The opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha coincides with the opening of The St. Regis Doha earlier this year, further solidifying Qatar as an emerging center of culture, commerce and leisure in the Middle East.
“In the spirit of jazz ambassadors Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and Dizzy Gillespie we continue the legacy of bridging cultures around the world through Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha, the first Lincoln Center branded venue outside of New York City,” said Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center. “Opening this club enables us to extend the joys of jazz to a broader audience. We’re thrilled that Mr.Omar Alfardan shares our vision of music as a way to find common ground. We are proud of this partnership. Through his generous support, jazz has a welcoming home in the Middle East. Thanks to our unique partnership with St. Regis, Jazz at Lincoln Center is bringing a continuous lineup of world-class jazz artists and educators to the people of Qatar and to the guests of St. Regis Doha.”
The Wynton Marsalis Quintet will be the first of many renowned artists scheduled to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha. The programming will be led by Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of JALC, and will provide St. Regis guests and the local community a chance to enjoy the music genre in a new, exhilarating destination. Featuring live performances six nights a week with a menu inspired by the musical genre, Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha offers spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf in an intimate setting. The 4,500 square foot jazz club, designed by Wilson Associates, will seat up to 100 guests in a theatrical ambience that recalls a legendary jazz venue of the golden era.
“Jazz is the soundtrack of St. Regis, as appealing to today’s global luxury travelers, as it was to New York’s high society who frequented the rooftop ballroom at the landmark hotel in the 1930s to listen to Count Basie, Buddy Rich and other Jazz Age greats,” says Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “As we open the doors of Jazz at Lincoln Center at The St .Regis Doha, we are thrilled to welcome the next generation of jazz legends to the stage.”
The opening of The St. Regis Doha marks the brand’s first hotel in Qatar, ideally located within Doha’s newest waterfront destination at Al Gassar Resort between the city’s cultural heritage sites and its emerging commercial hub. The hotel’s distinctive architecture showcases a contemporary design fused with traditional Arabic touches, an impressive addition to the city’s skyline with two 14-story beachfront towers offering 336 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 70 elegant suites and two presidential suites.
Following in the tradition of the St. Regis brand’s landmark New York hotel, The St. Regis Doha features the famed hallmarks of St. Regis hotels including signature St. Regis Butler Service, which offers guests bespoke service and beyond expectation experiences. The St. Regis Doha features 10 restaurants and lounges, including Opal by Gordon Ramsay as well as Hakkasan, which brings authentic yet contemporary Cantonese cuisine to Doha. The hotel features 16,000 square meters of luxury leisure facilities including an Olympic size swimming pool, a private beachfront, 10 luxury pool-side cabanas, the first Remède Spa in the Middle East, a fitness center and extensive meeting space.
The opening of The St. Regis Doha marks the second of three St. Regis hotels slated to debut within a year in the Middle East, including the recently opened St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, as well as The St. Regis Abu Dhabi which will open in December of this year on the Corniche. St. Regis will continue to expand its portfolio with the eagerly anticipated debut of The St. Regis Mauritius Resort in September. From Bal Harbour to Bangkok, Saadiyat Island to Shenzhen, the St. Regis brand caters to a new generation of luxury travelers and continues to thoughtfully build its portfolio in the most sought after destinations at the heart of the today’s new grand tour. With the St. Regis brand’s growth, Starwood continues to lengthen its lead in luxury hospitality, offering guests and residents exceptional levels of service and luxury experiences in a wide range of destinations around the world.