5th annual Spring Gala of Jazz at Lincoln Center – June 05, 2006

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  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Hosts Star-studded 2006 Spring Gala – By Jazz News, June 2006

Monday evening, June 5, 2005, Jazz at Lincoln Center held its 5th Annual Spring Gala themed “Setting New Standards” at the Apollo Theater to benefit the hundreds of educational events, performances and broadcasts it produces each year. Hosted by BERNIE MAC, the once-in-a-lifetime concert featured stellar performances by the WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET with TRACY CHAPMAN, JOE COCKER, JOHN LEGEND, JOHN MAYER and NATALIE MERCHANT. The star-studded evening, co-chaired by Jazz at Lincoln Center Board Members Ashley R. Schiff and Paul C. Schorr, IV, and Harry L. Crosby, raised in excess of $1.25 million for Jazz at Lincoln Center. The gala concert kicked off with a rousing performance by the WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET performing “What Have I Done, ” written by Mr. Marsalis, followed by the uplifting vocals of JOHN LEGEND, performing “Please Baby Don’t” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, ” accompanied by the septet. Singer NATALIE MERCHANT then heated up the stage performing “The Worst Thing” and “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” Guitarist and singer JOHN MAYER delivered a memorable performance of “I’m Gonna Find Another You” and “All Blues” and singer songwriter TRACY CHAPMAN sang “Give Me One Reason” followed by a powerful rendition of “Get Up, Stand Up.” Closing the unforgettable show, JOE COCKER, delivered soulful renditions of “Feelin’ Alright, ” “I Put a Spell On You” and “Unchain My Heart.”

Showing their support of jazz throughout the festive and elegant evening was a distinguished list of guests, including Carl Banks, Glenn Close, Stanley Crouch, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice DuBois, Michael Feinstein, Danny Glover, Mr. and Mrs. Spike Lee, Bernie Mac, Soledad O’Brien, C.C.H. Pounder, Karenna Gore Schiff, David Shaw and many others.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Board members in attendance included John Arnhold, Diane Coffey, Alan D. Cohn, Christopher Dark, Gordon J. Davis, Andre V. Duggin, Gail Engelberg, Michael Fricklas, Skip Gates, Dena Kaye, Thomas H. Lee, Edward Lewis, Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn, Peter Norton, Charles E. Phillips, Michael Price, Keith Reinhard, Mark Rosenthal, Jack Rudin, Ashley Schiff, Lisa Schiff, Paul Schorr, Melanie Shorin and Faye Wattleton.

Lead corporate sponsors were Cadillac, JPMorgan Chase, Time Warner Inc. Corporate Co-Chairs were Michael V. Valerio, Cadillac; Kimberly B. Davis, JPMorgan Chase; Derek Q. Johnson, Time Warner Inc.

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center – By Reuters.com

MOD-DATE: 06/07/06 14:42:35 SHBZD2-JUN07-USA-(R)JAZZ CONCERT

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(R)JAZZ CONCERT
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK UNITED STATES
JUNE 05,2006

NATURAL WITH ENGLISH SPEECH AND MUSIC
DURATION:04:15
SOURCE:VNR – JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
FEED HISTORY:FIRST RUN: SHOWBIZ 3 (2315GMT), JUNE 06, 2006
INTRO: Musicians John Legend, John Mayer, Joe Cocker and others join jazz legend Wynton Marsalis onstage at the Apollo theater.

TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~** MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER**~

SHOWS: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK UNITED STATES (JUNE 5, 2006) (VNR – MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER)
1. EXTERIOR OF APOLLO THEATER
2. MUSICIAN JOHN MAYER ARRIVING
3. MUSICIAN JOHN LEGEND TALKING TO REPORTER ON THE RED CARPET
4. ACTRESS GLENN CLOSE
5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUSICIAN JOHN MAYER SAYING: “I mean playing with Wynton, that’s a coveted seat, so it’s a whole new set of nerves.”
6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUSICIAN JOHN LEGEND SAYING: “Wynton just said stay in the pocket, stay with the rhythm and you sound good, so, hey I’m just going to enjoy myself.”
7. MUSICIANS JOE COCKER AND NATALIE MERCHANT TALKING TO PRESS
8. JOHN LEGEND TALKING TO REPORTER
9. WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET PERFORMING ON STAGE
10. MUSICIAN JOHN LEGEND SINGING ON STAGE
11. MUSICIAN NATALIE MERCHANT SINGING ON STAGE WITH WYNTON MARSALIS
SEPTET
12. MUSICIAN JOHN MAYER PERFORMING ON STAGE WITH WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET
13. MUSICIAN TRACY CHAPMAN PERFORMING ON STAGE WITH WYNTON MARSALIS
14. MUSICIAN JOE COCKER PERFORMING ON STAGE WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

STORY:
Jazz great Wynton Marsalis rocked New York’s Apollo theater with the help of a fellow musicians John Legend, John Mayer and Joe Cocker to name a few. The benefit concert, hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center, is an effort to raise money for jazz education programs. Before hitting the stage, pop musician John Mayer said he was honored to be able to cross over and play with one of the greatest living jazz musicians.

“I mean playing with Wynton, that’s a coveted seat, so it’s a whole new set of nerves.” Grammy winner John Legend said he spoke to Marsalis a short while ago, who gave him words of encouragement.  “Wynton just said stay in the pocket, stay with the rhythm and you sound good, so, hey I’m just going to enjoy myself,” he said.

Hosted by comedian Bernie Mac, the evening featured performances byother great talents, including Tracy Chapman and Natalie Merchant.

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LISTING INFORMATION:
Producer: Jazz at Lincoln Center
Event: Setting New Standards – 5th Annual Spring Gala 2006
Hosted by BERNIE MAC, Featuring TRACY CHAPMAN, JOE COCKER, JOHN LEGEND, JOHN MAYER, NATALIE MERCHANT, and the WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET.
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006
Concert: 7:30pm at Apollo Theater
Dinner: 9:00pm in tent adjacent to the Apollo Theater
Place: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St., between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. (7th Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Blvd. (8th Avenue)
Gala Tickets: $1,000 and up; please call Jazz at Lincoln Center Special Events at 212-258-9961
Sponsorship: Lead corporate Co-Sponsors Cadillac, JPMorgan Chase, Time Warner Inc.
Corporate Co-Chairs: Michael V. Valerio, Cadillac; Kimberly B. Davis, JPMorgan Chase; Derek Q. Johnson, Time Warner Inc.
Gala Co-Chairs: Harry L. Crosby, Ashley R. Schiff; Paul C. Schorr, IV
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PRESS RELEASE

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES 5th ANNUAL SPRING GALA

JUNE 5th AT APOLLO THEATER

HOSTED BY BERNIE MAC, FEATURING TRACY CHAPMAN, JOE COCKER, JOHN LEGEND, JOHN MAYER, NATALIE MERCHANT AND THE WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET

To benefit education and performance programs produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center

New York, NY – Jazz at Lincoln Center announced today its 5th Annual Spring Gala, themed “Setting New Standards,” to be held on Monday, June 5, 2006. The evening will include a 7:30pm benefit concert at the Apollo Theater at 253 West 125th St. in New York, followed by a gala dinner at 9:00pm in an adjacent tent. For information and tickets, priced at $1,000 and up, call Jazz at Lincoln Center Special Events at (212) 258-9961.

The Spring Gala, hosted by the renowned comedian Bernie Mac, will feature some of the greatest talents in music performing in collaborations with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, including Tracy Chapman, Joe Cocker, John Legend, John Mayer and Natalie Merchant. The proceeds of the evening will benefit Jazz at Lincoln Center, the not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to enriching the artistic substance and perpetuating the democratic spirit of America’s music.

Gala co-chairs are Harry L. Crosby, Ashley R. Schiff; and Paul C. Schorr, IV; Corporate co-chairs are Michael V. Valerio, Cadillac; Kimberly B. Davis, JPMorgan Chase and Derek Q. Johnson, Time Warner Inc. Cadillac, JPMorgan Chase, and Time Warner Inc. are the lead corporate sponsors.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Spring Galas have historically been momentous events. Past hosts have included Cedric The Entertainer, Don Cheadle, Laurence Fishburne and Whoopi Goldberg. Past performers have included Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Robert Downey Jr., Bob Dylan, Savion Glover, Al Jarreau, Tom Jones, Wynonna Judd, B.B. King, Lyle Lovett, Branford Marsalis, Audra McDonald, James Moody, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Vanessa Williams and Stevie Wonder.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz. With the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio and television programs, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, a jazz appreciation curriculum for children, advanced training through the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, music publishing, children’s concerts, lectures, adult education courses and student and educator workshops. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Chairman of the Board Lisa Schiff, Executive Director Katherine E. Brown and Jazz at Lincoln Center board and staff, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce hundreds of events during its 2005-06 season. In October 2004, Jazz at Lincoln Center opened Frederick P. Rose Hall – the first-ever performance, education, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz. For more information, visit www.jalc.org.

VENUE: Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd.; 212-531-5300
WEBSITE: jalc.org
TICKET: $1,000 and up

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