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Playing Our Parts - Benefit Concert - April 24 - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
(Published: March 28, 2012)

Jazz at Lincoln Center: Playing Our Parts

4th Annual Benefit Concert For The
JAZZ FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

April 24, 2012 - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola - 7:30pm

WHO/WHAT:

Joe Lovano and John Scofield team up with Jazz at Lincoln Center to bring together incredible performers in the fourth annual benefit concert Playing Our Parts at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 24, 2012 with a two-hour single set at 7:30pm. All artists are donating their services, Jazz at Lincoln Center is donating its venue and caterer Great Performances is donating food and beverages to raise much-needed revenue for the Jazz Foundation of America's Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund. We invite the jazz community and music fans to come together in remembrance of jazz bassist Dennis Irwin, who passed away in 2008 due to a serious illness, and in support of all those jazz musicians in need of health care today. This annual benefit event was first held in March 2008 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in honor of Dennis Irwin.

The concert will feature performances by:

- John Scofield
- Joe Lovano
- Lewis Nash
- John Patitucci
- Ravi Coltrane
- Brad Mehldau
- Fleurine
- Ambrose Akinmusire
- Others to be announced


WHEN:
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 7:30pm

WHERE:
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th St., New York City.

RESERVATIONS:
The price of admission is $125 per person and includes complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. For reservations, call Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at 212-258-9595 or visit jalc.org/dccc. The price of admission, minus $25, is tax deductible. All proceeds from this concert will go to the Jazz Foundation of America's Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund. For more information go to: jalc.org/dccc.

HOW TO HELP:
If you are unable to attend the concert but wish to make a tax-deductible contribution, please do so as follows:

CHECKS:
Make payable to:
Jazz Foundation of America

MAIL TO:
Jazz Foundation of America
322 West 48th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10036

ONLINE:
Donate online at jazzfoundation.org

BACKGROUND:

Joe Lovano:
"Playing Our Parts is a beautiful celebration of life within the jazz community of New York to raise funds in support of the countless musicians who dedicate their lives bringing us this joyous music. Together with Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Jazz Foundation and Englewood Hospital, I am really proud to be a part of this annual event in Dennis Irwin's name. Please support this vital call and play your part! Hope to see you there!"

John Scofield:
"Many musicians are in that enormous group of self-employed individuals who have no health insurance and this can be a killer. People don't want to get regular checkups because of the fees. As was the case with our friend Dennis Irwin, a serious illness can go undiagnosed until it's too late. We hope to raise a significant amount of money to support the programs that help so many musicians with so few alternatives. Join us."

Wendy Oxenhorn - The Jazz Foundation of America:
"Through the Jazz Musicians' Emergency Fund, we pay rents when musicians are too sick to work, keep food on their tables, and thanks to our 16-year partnership with Englewood Hospital's Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund, we can also provide free medical treatment for uninsured musicians. We consider it a privilege to be there for these national treasures after all the times their music has been there for us. We're keeping jazz and blues alive... one musician at a time."

JAZZ FOUNDATION OF AMERICA: OUR MISSION
After playing for a lifetime and lifting the world with their music, hundreds of legends who influenced so many in the music world could die in poverty due to lack of health care and work. That is why the Jazz Foundation of America supports 6,000 musician emergency cases a year.

The Jazz Foundation keeps hundreds of jazz and blues legends from eviction and homelessness by paying rents or mortgages and finding creative dignified solutions, like gigs in the schools and even free health care to heal them in their darkest hours, just as they have always healed us in ours.

CONTACT:
Scott Thompson, Assistant Director - Public Relations, (212) 258-9807, sthompson@jalc.org

High resolution photos of the initial Dennis Irwin Benefit Concert in The Allen Room: http://www.jalc.org/about...


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