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Carnegie Hall Discontinues Jazz Orchestra

Carnegie Hall’s new executive and artistic director, Robert Harth, decided to eliminate the widely praised 16-member jazz band (shown left), led by trumpeter Jon Faddis, from its 2002-2003 schedule, and use the money saved to diversify the jazz programming.

“It’s really a question of using our resources in that area in a different manner,” Harth said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Supporting our own jazz ensemble limits our ability in terms of the varied programming to respond to changing audience tastes and provide for a wider variety of artists.”

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