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Phil Woods Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2011 Living Legacy Award
(Published: October 20, 2011)

Baltimore - October 19, 2011 -Jazz saxophonist Phil Woods was honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2011 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 14, 2011. The award honors living jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

BNY Mellon Jazz 2011 Living Legacy Award guests began the evening with a concert performance by the 2010 Legacy Awardee, Roy Haynes, in the Terrace Theater. Following the concert, the award ceremony and a gala reception took place in the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.

Previous Living Legacy Award winners (from 2010-1994) include 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 conferred on Dr. Billy Taylor in 2000.

Also announced were the inaugural grantees for the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE), a partnership between Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE (French-American Cultural Exchange). His Excellency Fran├žios Delattre, Ambassador of France joined in the announcement at the start of the evening. FAJE is dedicated to furthering the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through the interchange of artistic practice and exposure to new constituencies. First-round grantees include Nasheet Waits with Marc Ducret; John Hébert with Benoit Delbecq; Keith Witty with Christophe Panzani; and Somi with Ibrahim Maalouf.

The BNY Mellon Jazz 2011 Living Legacy Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon. Additional support for this year's event was provided by the Elizabeth and Richard Dubin Foundation.

This program is made possible through a collaboration with the Kennedy Center.

Photo: (l-r) Kevin Struthers, Director, Jazz Programming, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Alan Cooper, Executive Director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Mark Haslam, Managing Director of Portfolio Management, BNY Mellon Wealth Management Mid-Atlantic Region; Awardee Phil Woods; Dorothy McSweeny, Chair, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

About BNY Mellon
BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36 countries and serving more than 100 markets. BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services through a worldwide client-focused team. It has $25.5 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.2 trillion in assets under management, services $11.9 trillion in outstanding debt and processes global payments averaging $1.7 trillion per day. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Additional information is available at www.bnymellon.com.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation fosters and supports arts programming for the benefit of arts organizations, artists and audiences and encourages exchanges that link the arts resources of the mid-Atlantic region to the rest of the nation and the world. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region's state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional perspective. The region includes nine states and jurisdictions: The District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia.

More Information: http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/artists_programs/living_legacy/index.html

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