A memorial event is planned for Steve Backer, the veteran music industry executive who died April 10 at age 76.
Hosted by WBGO’s Gary Walker the memorial will feature music from some of Backer’s friends including Don Braden, Randy Brecker, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, JD Allen, Mike Manieri and New York Voices. Remembrances will be delivered by family members and friends including Michael Cuscuna, Tommy LiPuma, Francois Zalacain, Ashley Kahn and others.
The memorial will be held at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue @ 54th Street, NYC 10022, Saturday, May 24 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Those unable to attend may send a donation in the form of a check in Backer’s honor to: Jazz Foundation of America, 322 West 48th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10036.