On June 13 the National Arts Club presented trumpeter Jon Faddis (pictured) with its Jazz Medal of Honor. Founded in 1898 to “stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts while educating the American people in the fine arts,” the National Arts Club (NAC) has been presenting a Gold Medal of Honor for Music since 1957, and just five years ago introduced its Jazz Medal of Honor.
Faddis, director of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band since 1991, joins past jazz recipients Dick Hyman, the JVC Jazz Festival, George Shearing and Benny Carter. The reception and dinner, which took place at the Tilden Mansion on Gramercy Park South in Manhattan, featured remarks from Phil Schaap (curator of Jazz at Lincoln Center), trumpeter Terrell Stafford, past winner Dick Hyman, George Wein (producer of the JVC Jazz Festival) and a musical tribute from the Jazz Ensemble of SUNY Purchase, where Faddis has served as artist-in-residence since 1999. O. Aldon James, president of the National Arts Club, remarked: “Jon Faddis—a man whose lifetime contributions to jazz have enriched our cultural landscape—is the perfect recipient of the club’s highest recognition.”