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4th Great Night in Harlem Announced

On October 28 Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones and WABC TV’s Gil Noble will host the fourth annual Great Night in Harlem concert at the Apollo Theater to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA). The concert will feature performances by Roberta Flack, Diane Schuur, Jimmy McGriff, Regina Carter, James Blood Ulmer, Kenny Barron, Clark Terry and Brian Blade, among others. Acotrs Jamie Foxx and Chris Thomas King from the movie Ray, along with Danny Aiello, will also be on hand at the event.

A Great Night In Harlem has become an anticipated annual event on New York’s social and charity calendar. The Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) was created in 1989 to help ensure that musicians who have spent their lives bringing jazz to life are taken care of in their later years. JFA provides jazz and blues musicians free medical care through its Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund through a unique partnership with Englewood Hospital & Medical Center’s Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund and JFA’s physicians’ network. JFA also assists in staving off evictions, preventing homelessness, paying rent arrears, providing emergency living expenses and offering substance abuse counseling, advocacy and career counseling. It has aided over 300 musicians in its 15 year history.

Wendy Atlas Oxenhorn, JFA’s Executive Director, explains the organization’s mission like this: “After 40 years of paying their dues, they shouldn’t have to worry about paying their rent. Our Great Night in Harlem concert at the Apollo has become critical to continuing JFA’s service to creative artists in the jazz and blues community whose years of dedication to their music has left many without pensions and health care among other things. One client co-wrote ‘Time Is On My Side,’ which the Rolling Stones recorded, and never saw a dime from that hit. We believe these musicians were there for us through music that helped us get by at one point or another in our lives, and now it’s our turn to be there for them. Great Night truly is a great night of surprises, music, fun and reunions with friends and family we have made along the way. The great thing too is every year we make more friends who help.”

The following awards will be given out at the event:

1) Medicine For Music Award to Englewood Hospital’s president Douglas Duchak for free operations and medical care given to hundreds of uninsured jazz and blues musicians.

2) Saint of Jazz Award to Carl Horton, president of Absolute Vodka, for his dedication to keeping jazz alive through their continuing corporate support.

3) Global Humanitarian Award to Quincy Jones for his musical and charitable service throughout the world. It will be presented by his mentor and friend Clark Terry.

Showtime at the Apollo is 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 28, 2004. The Apollo Theater is located at 125th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., Manhattan.

Ticket info: Golden Circle Orchestra tickets are available at $500-1000 and include admission to a VIP party. Tickets are also available at $250, $100, $50 and $35. For tickets, call (212) 245 3999 or visit www.jazzfoundation.org.

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