The Jazz Foundation of America will hold its second “A Great Night in Harlem” concert at the Apollo Theatre in New York on Sept. 26, 2002. The concert, which will be a benefit for the Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, will be hosted by Bill Cosby (pictured) and will be a tribute to trumpeter Clark Terry. Congressman John Conyers will also be honored for his efforts in encouraging Congress to recognize jazz as a national treasure.
Last Year’s “Great Night” featured a number of jazz greats, including Ahmad Jamal, Tommy Flanagan, Cassandra Wilson, Lou Donaldson, and Phil Woods. This year’s lineup will be announced over the next several weeks. Sponsors for this year’s event are E*Trade, the Jazz Alliance International, New York magazine, the Jazz Journalists Association and the Playboy Foundation, among others. The Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund is devoted to assisting jazz artists undergoing crisis by stopping evictions, preventing homelessness, paying rent arrears, providing emergency living expenses, offering substance abuse counseling, and providing medical care.