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Expanding and Deepening the Jazz Legacy

The Jazz Foundation's many missions

I’ve long been aware of creative makers of jazz documentaries, and I keep hoping there’ll eventually be a film on the Jazz Foundation of America. Last month I reported on the Foundation’s life-enhancing work for jazz elders, but lesser known is its Musicians Legacy Program, which, according to the Foundation’s website, “funds one-on-one music lessons by elder established musicians who have recorded and played with the jazz and blues giants and, in many cases, are the giants themselves.”

There are-especially now, in this long-term recession-many aspiring musicians who don’t have the bread to afford lessons. With this Legacy Program, the Foundation notes, “[These students] can perfect their craft and learn from the very performers they grew up listening to-musicians who might have inspired them in the first place.”

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