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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Wynton Marsalis, Jonathan Batiste, Reuben Rogers, and Joe Farnsworth perform at the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony (Photo by Frank Stewart)

*The Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame (EJHF) is named for Nesuhi Ertegun, one of the founders of Atlantic Records, which released records by Coltrane and Mingus, among other important jazz figures.

The acclaimed jazz organization was founded to honor iconic artists and members of the jazz community based on his or her singular dedication and outstanding contributions to jazz.

This year’s distinguished selection of inductees — drummer Art Blakey, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, and trumpeter Clark Terry — were initiated into the EJHF at an illustrious induction ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s (JALC) home, Frederick P. Rose Hall.  Michael Mwenso served as Master of Ceremonies.

The exquisite event kicked-off with warm welcoming remarks by JALC’s Board of Directors Chairman Robert J. Appel who opened the ceremony by acknowledging Blakey, Hampton and Terry’s outstanding contributions, noting that each honoree “embodies the highest level of excellence of artistry in jazz.”  Appel thanked the Ertegun family for its passionate advocacy of jazz and longtime support for the organization, and acknowledged Mica Ertegun as an ardent supporter of JALC’s mission.   Appel also thanked Barbara & Ray Dalio whose contributions made this year’s EJHF induction ceremony possible.

Lunch was served.  Guests enjoyed Arugula and Radicchio Salad with Citrus and Thyme Sherry Vinaigrette, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Turnover (appetizer);   Bourbon Glazed Chicken with Baby Turnips, Kale and Sweet Potato Mash (entrée); and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Poached Rhubarb and Strawberry (dessert).  Expensive wines were impeccably served throughout the event by very attentive servers.

The EJHF Band featuring Jonathan
Batiste, Joe Farnsworth
and Reuben Rogers, and special guest musicians including Dominick Farinacci, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Javon Jackson, Ku-Umba Frank Lacy, Joe Locke, Helen Sung and Warren Wolf performed throughout the jazzy ceremony which was webcast live.

The 2013 inductees earned the majority popular vote cast by jazz fans around the world in an online public vote earlier this year.  During his opening remarks Todd Stoll, JALC’s vice president, education, said the organization has inducted 41 members into the EJHF and will continue to induct new members annually.  Stoll announced that the EJHF will live through JALC’s digital realm, on screens throughout Frederick P. Rose Hall and in an app which will be released in the fall of 2013.  “The new Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame app will ensure that all communities have access to the organization’s tributes to the inductees,” explained Stoll.

JALC longtime friend, ardent jazz enthusiast and author Stanley Crouch moved the audience with his personal and brilliant remarks about each inductee.  “Hampton,” he said, “could do one of the most important things in jazz — he could play.”  Crouch called Terry “a superb example of a real jazz musician,” and said Blakey was a “remarkable drummer and an extraordinarily intelligent man.”  Then, JALC Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis joined The EJHF Band to perform “All the Things You Are.”

Actor and recent Tony Award winner Courtney B. Vance read remarks, written by author Geoff Ward, in honor of each inductee.  “Art Blakey,” Vance read, “was tireless, and able to outswing musicians less than half his age.  He was the living, laughing symbol of the resiliency of the music he loved.”

Jazz drummer Louis Hayes presented Blakey’s award which was accepted by Takashi Blakey, Blakey’s son and Administrator of the Estate of Art Blakey.  The EJHF Band, joined by Dominick Farinacci, Javon Jackson and Frank Lacy, performed “Blues March” by Benny Golson.

Introducing Hampton’s award, Vance read, “very few musicians spread as much joy in their lifetimes as Lionel Hampton did, and no one swung so hard, so long.”  JALC Curator Phil Schaap presented Hampton’s award which was accepted by Tim Francis on behalf of Hampton’s estate.  The EJHF Band featuring vibraphonists Joe Locke and Warren Wolf performed “Midnight Sun,” composed by Sonny Burke and Lionel Hampton with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

Introducing Terry’s award, Vance read, “Clark Terry told his students ‘when you climb up a little on the ladder, don’t just stand there and say, ‘Hey, look at me.’  Turn around and help somebody else.  That’s what family is for.’ If jazz is a family, Clark Terry deserves a place near the head of the table.”

Marsalis presented Terry’s award which was accepted by David Demsey on behalf of Terry.  The EJHF Band joined by Roy Hargrove performed “If You Could See Me Now.”  The band was then joined by Jimmy Heath, Dominick Farinacci, Helen Sung and Warren Vache to perform “Gwen,” composed by Terry.

During her brief but jazzy closing remarks JALC Board Member and top financial advisor Lola West thanked the guests for their continued support before introducing the closing song, “Flying Home,” co-composed by Hampton and performed by all the star guest musicians that had guests dancing out of their seats.  Upon leaving, each guest was presented with a lovely commemorative gift bag.

Guests at the induction ceremony and luncheon included JALC board members Diane Coffey, Gordon Davis, Hughlyn Fierce, Michael Fricklas, Mark Paterson, Keith Reinhard, Mark Rosenthal, Melanie Shorin, and George Wein.  NYC Council Member Gale Brewer, author Geoff Ward, musicians Michael Carvin, Louis Hayes, Willie Jones III, Clarence Penn and Joe Wilder were also in attendance.

This year’s inductees were nominated by a committee of select musicians and scholars and voted in by an international public vote open to jazz fans around the world.  This year’s nominating committee included Ed Berger, Bill Charlap, Connie Crothers, Stanley Crouch, Jon Faddis, Vince Giordano, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Phil Schaap, Loren Schoenberg and Spike Wilner.

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners: Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, HSBC Bank, The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center, Qatar Airways, and SiriusXM.

*Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2013 gala raises more than $3 million


David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash are pictured with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Ed Bradley Award for Leadership recipient and ardent JALC supporter and notable interior designer Mica Ertegun and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis (Photo by Julie Skarratt)

Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) celebrated its silver anniversary with a jubilant jamboree that raised more than $3 million to benefit the thousands of performance, education and broadcast events the organization produces each year.  The 25th anniversary gala on May 1, 2013 at the Rose Theater in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of JALC, starred the celebrated rock trio David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash and the JALC Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The exceptional evening themed “The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook” included an exclusive performance by the tantalizing trio who beguiled guests with a selection of their iconic songs – music that has become a cornerstone of rock and roll – featuring special arrangements by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Over 900 patrons attended the milestone celebration including JALC Board Chairman and event chairs Robert J. Appel & Helen Appel, Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, and Executive Director Greg Scholl, along with other event chairs Jody & John Arnhold and Lisa & Dick Cashin.

Also in attendance were Lincoln Center Board Chair Emeritus Lisa Schiff & David T. Schiff; Gala Co-Chairmen Valentino D. Carlotti, Marlene Hess & James D. Zirin, Jenny & Michael Price, Burwell & Chip Schorr; Gala Vice-Chairmen Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn, Larry Gagosian, Ann Tenenbaum & Thomas H. Lee, Kari Gronberg & “Little” Johnny Koerber, Charles & Karen Phillips, Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillian, Louise & Leonard Riggio, Arthur J. & Rebecca Samberg, Melanie Shorin & Greg S. Feldman and JALC board members and guests including Lloyd Blankfein, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Lyor Cohen, Michael Douglas, Glenn Close & David Shaw, Annette de la Renta, Elena & Mark Patterson, Ashley Schiff-Ramos & Mike Ramos, Diane & Jonathan F.P. Rose, Lisa Roumell &  Mark Rosenthal, Morley Safer, Dianne & David Stern, Jill & RJ Wagner, Jann Wenner, George Wein, Jeff Zucker and more.

The evening opened with JALC Board Chairman Appel welcoming festively dressed guests to the gala, and acknowledging the celebration of JALC’s 25 years of accomplishments. On behalf of the organization, Appel expressed profound gratitude for the guests’ contributions to the organization.  “Your ongoing support enables us to bring the power of this wonderful music and educational programs to people around the world,” said Appel.

Bette Midler took the stage to present the JALC Ed Bradley Award for Leadership in Jazz to JALC ardent supporter and notable interior designer Mica Ertegun, whose family’s passionate advocacy of jazz and longtime support for the institution have made indelible contributions to JALC’s mission.  In a video presentation, Eric Clapton, Kid Rock and Marsalis congratulated Mrs. Ertegun who graciously accepted her award onstage.

Crosby Stills & Nash and the JALC Orchestra kicked-off the evening’s concert with “Military Madness” before performing classic rock and roll anthems including “Southern Cross,” “Suite Judy Blue Eyes,” “Love The One You’re With,” and “Teach Your Children.”

Immediately following the concert, guests moved into dinner throughout the Atrium and The Allen Room.  David Beahm, in his 11th year as the designer for the JALC gala dinner décor, provided an elegant dinner design and menu inspired by the organization’s 25th anniversary.

Great Performances, exclusive caterer for JALC, adorned the tables with Garden Kale Salad, Curried Cauliflower and Grilled Shrimp.  Slow Roasted Boneless Short Rib and Beef, Cuban Styled Chicken, Mississippi Redfish Creole, Baked Macaroni and Cheese and Spring Asparagus were among entrees served as family-style offerings.  Guests dined on dessert selections that included Pecan Squares, Praline ice cream cones, Strawberry Shortcake and more.

Although the scrumptious dinner included a sweet course, the real dessert came at the close of the event when gala guests were treated to a unique pairing when Crosby Stills & Nash, Wynton Marsalis and members of the JALC Orchestra spontaneously performed in a “second line,” a traditional New Orleans style parade, throughout the Atrium and The Allen Room.  Glenn Close and RJ Wagner were several of the revelers who joined the joyous Nawlins-style parade.

New York-based award-winning journalist Audrey J. Bernard covers entertainment, fashion & beauty, film, lifestyles and travel exclusively for the Electronic Urban Report.

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