Tuesday, April 11, 2017

USA: the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) News

As we bid goodbye to winter and usher in a spring of new beginnings, we at The Jazz Foundation are filled with hope and appreciation. 
Hope that we may continue to assist our jazz, blues and roots musicians in need, helping them through their challenges knowing someone cares. Hope that when clients require medical care or fear losing their home as a result of illness, age or unemployment, we can step in and provide the necessary assistance. Hope that we can continue to create dignified employment through our Gig Fund outreach and Jazz in the Schools programs. Hope that replaces despair and isolation. 
Appreciation for caring partners, as you are to us. Appreciation for each time you reach into your hearts and make a donation to The Jazz Foundation, enabling us to assist 30+ musicians (and their families) every day. Appreciation for helping to replace despair with joy. 
And as Jazz Appreciation Month begins, we celebrate the music that enriches our lives by recognizing all of the musicians who have given heart and soul to bring us comfort and happiness. Special congratulations to the 2017 NEA Jazz Master inductees Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ira Gitler, Dick Hyman, Dave Holland, and Dr. Lonnie Smith for their lifetimes of dedication and artistry.

  Jazz Foundation "Gig Fund" Expands Reach
The Jazz Foundation is thrilled to announce a brand new partnership with
BAMcafe Live in Brooklyn. BAMcafe Live features a diverse mix of FREE live music and performance and has served as a career launchpad for many new artists and an intimate performance home for established artists. 

Coming Up:

Sat, April 15 (9PM): ALVIN FLYTHE 
Flythe is Duke Ellington's cousin and has shared the stage with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Haynes, Dr Lonnie Smith and more. His style combines a funk aesthetic with classic jazz tones.

The Jazz Foundation & Axpona Audio Expo North America
Sat, April 22 (6:30-8:30pm)/Chicago, IL.
Please join The Jazz Foundation and Axpona Audio conference as we present an unforgettable evening of authentic Chicago blues, featuring the incomparable
Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Mud Morganfield. 

For $25 tickets to the concert and to attend the Axpona 3-day audio conference (the largest audiophile concert in the country), please see below. All donations made in support of the "Chicago Blues Revue"
concert will directly benefit blues and jazz musicians in need. 
Click here for concert information and here for AXPONA Expo tickets.
Save 10% with code JFAGUEST. 
Billy Branch is a three-time Grammy Award nominee and played harmonica in Willie Dixon’s Chicago Blues All-Stars band.
Ronnie Baker Brooks, son of Chicago blues master Lonnie Brooks, is an accomplished blues guitarist who has headlined at the 2013 Chicago Blues Festival and performed internationally at the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway.
Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of Muddy Waters and has been taking the world’s blues festivals by storm of late and recently released a Blues Music Award-winning album with Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson.
About The Jazz Foundation

For 28 years, the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) has been keeping jazz, blues, R&B and soul alive by helping the musicians who have played with everyone from Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. Our social work services provide housing assistance, pro bono medical care, and emergency financial support to musicians in crisis. Our Jazz in the Schools program provides dignified employment for musicians who are too old or too ill to tour and reaches thousands of public schoolchildren every year. JFA now assists in 7,000 cases annually across the country.

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