Already touted as one of the best places in the country to get a jazz education, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Jazz Studies Program got a shot in the arm recently from benefactor W.E. Singleton in the amount of $2 million, the largest contribution ever made in the United States to a university-level jazz program. Since 1995 Singleton, who is the Managing General Partner of Crenshaw-Singleton Properties, has donated considerable amounts of cash to projects in the greater Richomnd, Va. area. His projects include the W.E. Singleton VoTech Center at Elk Hill Farm, the Library at The Gables at Blackstone College and the Singleton Chapel. It’s no wonder then that Singleton, a lover of jazz and friend of the late Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, would take a special interest in VCU’s Jazz Studies Program, as the school sits right in the heart of downtown Richmond.
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