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JALC Honors Women, Makes Money

Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City’s largest non-profit jazz organization, raised $1.38 million on Monday night at an awards gala and benefit concert that featured performances by Roberta Flack, Wynton Marsalis and Diana Ross, among others. The money will likely go toward the completion of Frederick P. Rose Hall, a performance, education and broadcast facility JALC plans to open in fall 2004 (more on that here).

CBS News’ Ed Bradley hosted Monday’s event, which was JALC’s eighth annual tribute to jazz musicians of the fairer sex: “Here’s to the Ladies: A Celebration of Great Women in Jazz.” Obviously, the first ladies of jazz vocals-Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan-were in attendees’ thoughts. Roberta Flack opened the evening’s musical program with “Prelude to a Kiss,” a song all three of those legends performed during their careers. And Diana Ross, a surprise guest, took the stage at the end of the show and performed the Holiday-associated tunes “Fine and Mellow” and “Don’t Explain,” backed by Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

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