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Mwandishi & More: A Great Night in Harlem

A dream team performs at the Apollo to support the Jazz Foundation of America

Quincy Jones and Angelique Kidjo prior to "A Great Night in Harlem," NYC 10-14
Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath and Wallace Roney, "A Great Night in Harlem," NYC 10-14
The Roots' Questlove
The Roots' Questlove speaks at the Jazz Foundation of America's "Great Day in Harlem" in 2014.
Verdine White, Ray Parker Jr. and Chaka Khan at "A Great Night in Harlem," NYC 10-14
Actor Bruce Willis on harmonica at "A Great Night in Harlem," NYC 10-14
Herbie Hancock receives a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at "A Great Night in Harlem," NYC 10-14
l. to r.: Herbie Hancock, James Genus, Bennie Maupin, Ray Parker Jr. and Steve Jordan perform "Chameleon" at "A Great Night in Harlem," NYC 10-14

With the proceeds supporting the Jazz Foundation of America’s Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, “A Great Night in Harlem,” the sold-out benefit concert at the iconic Apollo Theater on Oct. 24, took on an extra layer of greatness. The JFA assists older jazz and blues musicians in need, whether for medical care, housing issues or any number of other crises, making a tangible difference in the lives of people who’ve dedicated themselves to music. If that meant listening to a certain amount of speechifying between sets at the Apollo, no one was complaining.

By the end of the night, although the JFA fell somewhat short of its stated fundraising goal-the JFA says $400,000 is still needed-$1.5 million had been raised. Those funds will go directly toward helping artists. As the popular expression goes, it was all good.

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