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Jazz Foundation Annual Loft Party Scheduled for Mid-October 

The benefit event in New York will honor Roy Haynes and feature performances by Pharoah Sanders, Wallace Roney, Wyclef Jean, and more

Roy Haynes
Roy Haynes at the Howard Theatre, June 10, 2017 (Photo by Jati Lindsay)

The Jazz Foundation of America, the nonprofit organization founded in 1989 that helps raise money for jazz and blues musicians in need, among other services, has announced that it will hold its 28th annual Jazz Loft Party at CDFB Chelsea Studios in New York City on October 19.

Called “A Night for the Soul,” the party begins at 7 p.m., and will be hosted by Danny Glover and Michael Imperioli.

The event will feature performances by Wyclef Jean, the Pharoah Sanders Quartet, the Bertha Hope Quintet, guitarist Melvin Taylor, blues singer Sweet Georgia Brown, and DJ Binky Griptite.

The late New Orleans icons Dr. John, Dave Bartholomew, and Art Neville will be honored in a tribute performance by Cyril Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, and Davell Crawford. And Wallace Roney, with Miles Davis alumni Lenny White, John Scofield, Darryl Jones, and Bernard Wright, will perform in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew sessions.

Roy Haynes, the 94-year-old drummer who has played through every significant movement in jazz since the bebop era, will also be this year’s lifetime achievement award honoree. 


In its initial press release for the event, the Jazz Foundation stated that more artists will be announced in the near future. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

Read about the Jazz Foundation of America’s 2019 gala concert at the Apollo Theater.