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Max Roach, Village Vanguard to Be Honored in New York

Stars from the world of jazz and beyond will gather in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall in New York City Nov. 11 when Jazz at Lincoln Center ([email protected]) presents “Manhattan Rhapsody,” a benefit concert being held to support the educational activities, concert programs, and broadcasts produced annually by [email protected]

What would a [email protected] function be without Wynton Marsalis? He’ll be there for sure, performing classic, Big Apple-oriented tunes with his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The night’s bill also boasts the esteemed talents of Metropolitan Opera singer Denyce Graves, Broadway star Patti Lupone, folk icon Paul Simon and film director Woody Allen, who’ll be playing clarinet with his New Orleans Jazz Band. Woody’s actually pretty darn good on the licorice stick; claims he practices every day.

The event, hosted by CBS News correspondent and [email protected] board member Ed Bradley, will also serve to honor two famous jazz institutions: the Village Vanguard jazz club and drumming deity Max Roach (pictured). Roach will be presented with the Award for Artistic Excellence and Village Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon will accept the Award for Lifetime Achievement on behalf of the nightclub. The club will be too busy entertaining jazz fans downtown that night to accept the award itself.

After the show, some folk will continue on to the New York State Theater Promenade for a fancy dinner and fancier dancing at a benefit gala event. For $1,000 you can be one them, call Bret Silver at (212) 258-9803 for more information.

Tickets to the concert at $70, $60, $50, and $40 are available at Avery Fisher Hall box office, by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or via

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