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ASCAP Adds Jazzers to Wall of Fame

Pianist Hank Jones (pictured) was one of seven jazz artists added to ASCAP’s Jazz Wall of Fame in March. To thank the composers’ association for the honor, Jones and his trio played at the reception for the event, held March 19 at the ASCAP Gallery in Manhattan. Jones, 84, was the only honoree in attendance at the invitation-only event. He is the only one still alive. Sidney Bechet, Al Cohn, Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee, Teddy Wilson and Lester Young were the other honorees.

” The sheer diversity and magnitude of the individuals we honor this year speaks to the richness of this living and endlessly evolving musical genre,” said ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman. “ASCAP is pleased to add all of these legends to our Jazz Wall of Fame. And it is most appropriate to couple this salute to jazz greats of the past with a celebration of the jazz of the future via the talented recipients of The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards.”

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