- CHARITY BENEFIT
The Jazz Foundation of America presented its annual “A Great Night in Harlem” gala concert to benefit the Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund on Thursday, May 17 at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. This year, the organization was seeking to raise $1.6 million in order to assist countless elderly jazz and blues musicians in crisis across the country and artists who have spent their lives making ours richer with their music. The concert brings together legends of the Music to say “thank you” for keeping the Musicians and the Music alive.
When asked about his involved in the Jazz Foundation, Quincy Jones, Co-Chair of the Benefit Committee and a featured guest of the evening explained “it’s important that we care for each other.”
Produced by Hal Willner (the former music producer of Saturday Night Live), the show featured performances by Bono, Macy Gray, Dr. John, Paquito D’Rivera, The Randy Weston African Rhythms Trio, Rebirth Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, David Johansen, Stanley Jordan, Essie Mae Brooks, Sweet Georgia Brown, John Dee Holeman, The Kansas City Band featuring Steven Bernstein, Geri Allen, Battle of the Saxes James Carter, Christian McBride, Don Byron, Curtis Fowlkes, Craig Handy, Victor Lewis, Mark Whitfield, Art Baron, Jerry Dodgien, Grace and many others.
Additionally, the 2012 Dr. Billy Taylor Humanitarian Award was given to Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The Medicine for Music Award was presented to Dr. Frank Forte, Jay Nadel and Edie Hadden on behalf of Englewood Hospital & Medical Center. The hospital’s network of 50 dedicated physicians has donated their time treating hundreds of jazz musicians to the tune of $5 million dollars of free care and operations over the past 19 years.
Special thanks to Jazz Foundation of America Executive Director Wendy Atlas Oxenhorn and E*Trade Melodie Straw who helped end my evening on a high note.
Headband by Goody