On Monday, late night band leader, Jon Batiste, received a special award from city officials in Philadelphia. Batiste was honored for his music and outreach work he has done throughout the city, with the first ever Benny Golson Award — it’s named after the iconic jazz musician from Philly.
Sadly, press coverage was minimal for the event that marked April as the start to National Jazz Appreciation month.
Direct from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.,Grammy Award®-winning jazz artists Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, and Dee Dee Bridgewater will come together to pay musical tribute to a legendary songstress, civil rights activist, and NEA Jazz Master in A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln on May 5th. The program will celebrate the life and legacy of Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) through performance of songs from Lincoln’s songbook. The show is helmed by Grammy Award®-winning drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington.
Winard Harper played in the 1980s with Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, and Betty Carter, the last for four years. While working with Carter he met Wycliffe Gordon, with whom Harper would collaborate repeatedly. He's played alongside world-class players, including Justin Robinson, Javon Jackson, Walter Blanding, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Stephen Scott, Kevin Hays, Michael Bowie, Nedra Wheeler, and Avery Sharp.
He hosts weekly jazz events at Jersey City's Moore's Lounge, aka Bill and Ruth's, that introduce the jazz community to world-class players.
WASHINGTON – Jazz for Peace™ featuring Rick DellaRatta will perform in concert and lecture at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, April 30, 2017 in celebration of the 15th Anniversary of their historic concert at the United Nations and the unique way jazz brings people together; promoting peace through dialogue and respect; and to raise awareness for The American Museum of Peace (AMP).Since this Historic United Nations Event, Jazz for Peace™ has awarded over 850 Grants earning its place as "one the most significant cultural events of our time".
In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Gerry Mulligan was revered and recognized as a groundbreaking composer, arranger, bandleader, and baritone saxophonist. His legacy comes to life in this biography, which chronicles his immense contributions to American music, far beyond the world of jazz. In the book his own reflections are offered with comments and recollections from those who knew him, played with him, or were influenced by him, as well as from the author, who interviewed him in 1981.