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Loft Party to Aid Musicians in Need

We’d be fools not to tell you about the Jazz Foundation of America’s 11th annual Loft Party to be held Sunday—that’s tomorrow—from 4-10 p.m. In addition to bringing back the feeling of the after-hours, jazz-loft scene of the good ol’ days (check out the David X. Young’s Jazz Loft discs on Jazz Magnet if you don’t know what we’re talking about), the show will benefit JFA’s mucho-charitable Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, which brings dollars and hope to jazz musicians in despair. Six hours of continuous improvisation by players like Cedar Walton, Junior Mance, Jon Faddis (pictured), Benny Powell and Cecil Payne is what you’re in store for if you so generously part with the $100 suggested donation for admittance to this event. That’s tax-deductible, by the way, and there will be food and drink on the premises to partake of as well. Many jazz musicians, some of them famous, continue to live in dire straits—they need help with medical expenses or they need emergency financial help to evade eviction from their homes. That’s what the JFA is there for, but the JFA needs help, too. This is great way to help their cause and to hear some jazz outside of those stuffy supper clubs. Thing is, we haven’t been told where the loft is, though we are certain this is a New York City event. The JFA will gladly tell you where it’s at if you give them a call: (212) 245-3999. Here’s a full list of confirmed loft players:

Cedar Walton

Junior Mance

Danny Moore

Sweet Georgia Brown

Cliff Anderson

John Ore

Bob Cranshaw

Harold Ousley

Jon Faddis

Jimmy Owens

Cidinho Teixeira

Irene Reid

Benny Powell

Cecil Payne

Bill Wurtzel

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