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Various Artists: A Great Night in Harlem

Mention the word “benefit” and jazz musicians respond. Build a jam and they will come-without asking about bread. They are the most giving because they are the most needy. As Nat Hentoff points out in the liner notes for this two-disc album, “Jazz musicians do not get medical insurance. Nor do they receive pensions…[W]hen they’re no longer working regularly because of illness or because they’re out of fashion, some become homeless or are threatened with eviction.” Thus, this benefit jam at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in September 2001 for the Jazz Musicians’ Emergency Fund, under the umbrella of the Jazz Foundation of America, with all proceeds from this CD collection adding to the coffers.

It’s impossible to mention all who showed up, but here are some highlights.

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