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Joanne Brackeen to Receive Living Legacy Award

Pianist/composer to be honored as mid-Atlantic region jazz master

Joanne Brackeen
Joanne Brackeen in 1976

Pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen will be awarded the BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award in a ceremony scheduled to take place at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 10. The award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by investment management firm BNY Mellon. The BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award, according to a press release, “honors living jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.”

The 2014 Award coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the Living Legacy Award and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s 35th Anniversary. The celebration will include a gala reception, the award ceremony, and a performance honoring the 2012 awardee Muhal Richard Abrams in the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.

Previous BNY Mellon Living Legacy Award winners include Nathan Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Phil Woods, Roy Haynes, Dr. Frank Foster, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Randy Weston, Keter Betts, Jimmy Heath, Joe Kennedy, Jr., Shirley Scott, Reggie Workman, Dr. Donald Byrd, Larry Ridley, Barry Harris, Robert “Boysie” Lowery, and Clark Terry. A Millennium Award was conferred on Dr. Billy Taylor in 2000.

For more information on the BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award and the 2014 event, go to Living Legacy.

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