NYC JAZZ COMMUNITY GATHERS TO MARK 9/11
(Published: September 01, 2009)
Scores of top NY jazz musicians to bring the healing qualities of music to their city to honor those lost and to celebrate our shared humanity
THE SEPTEMBER CONCERT: THE HEART OF JAZZ
Ashford & Simpsons THE SUGAR BAR, 254 W. 72nd St. (bet. Bdwy & WEA), NYC, Sept. 11, 2009, 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm
NEW YORK, NY -- More than 40 top New York jazz artists will gather on 9/11 to once again note the anniversary of the most tragic day in New York City history with The Heart of Jazz -- a segment of the free city- and now world-wide 9/11 concert series, The September Concert.
This fifth edition of TSC: The Heart of Jazz will be held at Ashford & Simpsons Sugar Bar on Friday, September 11th from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Sugar Bar is located at 254 W. 72nd St. (bet. Broadway and West End Avenue), mere steps from an assortment of bus lines and the 1,2,3 subway stop at 72nd Street.
There is NO COVER CHARGE for this event.
Every year since The Heart of Jazz joined The September Concert effort in 2005, the NYC jazz community has come together on this day to fathom the impact of the WTC attacks on themselves, their musical community and on their fellow NYers as only they can -- through their music. Since 2005, more than 150 New York-based jazz artists have stepped forward at this event to explore that most horrid day. Many have returned for multiple years.
The September Concert, a day of music and healing, began as an opportunity to transform the pain and anguish of September 11, 2001 into a day of music to celebrate our universal humanity.
What started as a grassroots effort in NYC in 2002 has grown into an event of global proportions. In 2008, The September Concert Foundation organized more than 250 concerts with more than 8,000 performers and 10,000 volunteers. In addition to about 100 concerts held in NYC, 40 U.S. cities hosted concerts, as did 39 international cities, such as Rome, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Johannesburg and Casablanca.
Roster for The September Concert: The Heart of Jazz, 2009 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
Bob Albanese, Neil Alexander, Judy Bady, Kate Baker, Mary Foster Conklin, Lainie Cooke, E.J. Decker, Tom Dempsey, Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, Janice Friedman, Ratzo B. Harris, David F. Gibson, Joe Giglio, Hilliard Greene, Melissa Hamilton, Patience Higgins, Bob Kindred, Bruce Jackson, Art Lillard, Amy London, Andy McCloud, Ron McClure, Jacob Melchior, Dom Minasi, Antoinette Montague, Tim Ouimette, Gene Perla, Lewis Porter, Benny Powell, Phoenix Rivera, Barbara Sfraga, Chip Shelton, Sean Smith, Rick Stone, Carol Sudhalter, Christopher Dean Sullivan, Michael T.A. Thompson, Gabriele Tranchina, Joe Vincent Tranchina, Yutaka Uchida, Lou Volpe, Mala Waldron, James Weidman, Saadi Zain, Peter Zak
The Heart of Jazz has appeared in an array of sites since 2005, with multiple venues in 2007 and 2008. Ashford & Simpsons Sugar Bar is proud to have been involved with this event since 2007. This year marks the first time that The Sugar Bar will be its sole host.
More Information: http://www.septemberconcert.org/index.html