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Jazz Musicians’ Emergency Fund Benefit

On October 16 the Apollo Theater in New York City will host the annual “A Great Night in Harlem” to benefit the Jazz Musicians’ Emergency Fund (JMEF).

The JMEF was created in 1989 by the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) with the intent to help meet the financial needs of struggling older jazz musicians. The organization also works to provide jazz and blues musicians with free medical care, assisting in preventing homelessness by postponing evictions, paying rent and providing emergency living expenses. In the past year, JFA assisted 300 musicians and saved 60 from homelessness.

Aside from paying tribute to recently passed jazz legends singer Nina Simone and percussionist Babatunde Olatunji, the JFA will honor pioneering bebop saxophonist, composer and arranger Jimmy Heath with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Journalist Nat Hentoff will also be recognized for his work with the Global Contribution to Jazz Award. Also honored is Harry Elias, honorable chairman of JVC, with the Keeping Jazz Alive Award and Dr. David Feldman, with the Medicine for Music Award.

The night will be hosted this year by Quincy Jones, Branford Marsalis, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg and Chevy Chase. Scheduled performances include Jimmy Heath’s All Star Big Band, Abbey Lincoln with Stanley Jordan, Branford Marsalis, Cyndi Lauper, Buddy Miles, a special tribute to Nina Simone introduced by her daughter as well as a tribute to Nina Simone by Cassandra Wilson.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. The Apollo Theater is located at 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

For tickets contact TicketMaster at (212)-307-7171 or call the Apollo Theater at 212-531-5300. Golden Circle Orchestra seating is $500 (+VIP party) through 212-245-3999. There are also tickets available for $250, $100, $52 and $37.

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