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Odean Pope Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award

Saxophonist honored by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in ceremony at the Kennedy Center in DC

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Odean Pope

Philadelphia-based saxophonist Odean Pope was presented with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in a ceremony and reception on Oct. 27 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. After the reception, attendees took in a performance by recent Living Legacy awardee Ron Carter and his trio.

Photo of Odean Pope accepting award
(l-r) Kevin Struthers, Director of Jazz Programming, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Theresa Colvin, Executive Director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Susan Traver, Regional President, BNY Mellon; Honoree Odean Pope; Scott Johnson, Chair, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. (photo: Valerie Russell)

According to the press release received by JazzTimes, the award was created in 1994 “to honor jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.” Previous Living Legacy Award winners include Carter, Gary Bartz, Joanne Brackeen, 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 given to Dr. Billy Taylor in 2000.

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