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JAI Benefit Features Jazz Stars

Proving that rock is not the only type of music that can get together star-studded benefit concert lineups, the Jazz Alliance International has assembled an extravagantly long and talented list of musicians to play at New York City’s Town Hall on Dec. 5 in the memory of those who died in Sep. 11th’s terrorist attacks and in the service of the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

The extraordinary list of performers, which may well be subject to further additions, includes Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Brad Mehldau, Jane Monheit, Michael Brecker, Regina Carter, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Danilo Perez, Joshua Redman (pictured left), Dianne Reeves, Ruben Blades, Bela Fleck, John Scofield, and Cassandra Wilson. All artist fees have been waived for the cause.

Bruce Lundvall, president of Blue Note Records and chairman of the Jazz Alliance International, issued the following statement about the concert: “As the Jazz industry organization, I believe we have an obligation to provide our artists with an opportunity to contribute their services to help a community of citizens under siege. Our industry has deep historical roots in New York City and this is our way of showing support for the entire community.”

Tickets cost $65 for regular admission and $100 for “selected gold circle seating.” They may be purchased at the Town Hall’s box office at 123 W. 43rd St. or by phone at (212) 307-4100. Ticketmaster will also sell tickets at all its branches or online at

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