2020 PLAYING THROUGH THE CHANGES BENEFIT CONCERT RECAP

2020 PLAYING THROUGH THE CHANGES BENEFIT CONCERT RECAP


More than 19,000 people from around the world watched online! The uplifting benefit concert, hosted by NBC News anchor, Lester Holt and curated by our very own Christian McBride, kicked off the JAZZ HOUSE Relief Fund created to address our urgent financial need in the wake of COVID-19 and alleviate the risk it poses to our programmatic future.

Benefit Concert Features

In addition to our wonderful and talented current and former students, the evening featured live appearances and exceptional moments from the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS archives with more than 20 musical greats in concert and conversation who returned to the JAZZ HOUSE to lend their support.

Some of the most touching moments included a stirring performance from Dianne Reeves singing from her home in Colorado, Eddie Palmieri playing for us from home, David Sanborn remembering his friend the one and only Al Jarreau and passionate remarks from Diana Krall who played with JAZZ HOUSE students at an event earlier in the year and spectacular segments showcasing young talent currently in training. Playing Through the Changes told the story of how young people come into the JAZZ HOUSE as early as seven years old and their lives are shaped on and off the bandstand through music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship. With help from our extraordinary faculty and the lasting friendships that are made, we see our young people go to college, keep filling the world with music and them come back to “play it forward” with younger generations.

It was extremely fitting that the opening and closing musical selection of the “Playing Through the Changes” Benefit Concert was the instrumental and vocal debut of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” by the 75-member strong JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Alumni Super Band, under the direction of trumpeter, Nathan Eklund and arranged by Eklund, and veteran faculty members, Ed Palermo and Dylan Pramuk. What a technological and musical feat! You all make us SO proud!

 

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS

Thank you to all of our early JAZZ HOUSE KiDS RELIEF FUND supporters led by Neal Lazar of Manhattan Mechanical and TD Bank. We are grateful to all the people who were inspired by the mission of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS.


IMPRESARIO

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JAZZ MASTER

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JAZZ ORCHESTRA

  • HOLLY ENGLISH + FRED SMAGORINSKY
  • SUSAN + CHRIS GIFFORD
  • SOFIA + MIKE SEGAL
  • JANET SHAPIRO + PHIL BYRD
  • RITA + TERRY WOODARD

BIG BAND

  • LESLIE + JIM BOLIN
  • THALLA-MARIE + HEETEN CHOXI
  • LAURE + DAVID PARK
  • TAMI + CHARLIE SAMPLE
  • CHRISTINA + DON SAVOY
  • SANDY SMITH
  • KATHERINE FRANKE

VIRTUOSO

  • DUNPHY FAMILY FOUNDATION
  • FAITH + GARY TAYLOR, IN MEMORY OF MICHIKO GORE

SOLOIST

  • BENZEL-BUSCH MOTOR CAR
  • VALERIE BLOCK + ALEXIS ROMAY
  • JAMES C. BROWN
  • FRANK DOKA
  • MARY JEAN POTENZONE, IN MEMORY OF SERGEANT CHARLES “ROB” ROBERTS
  • ROSEANN + ALAN SHAIMAN
  • DR. JIM GALLAGHER
  • JRD ELECTRIC + JIMMY CALDERONE
  • MARGARETHE + MARK LAURENZI
  • SUSAN LEON + MICHAEL O’CONNOR
  • LUCAS CONSULTING GROUP
  • LISA LORELLI
  • DAVID NEIBART
  • MICHAEL RAGAN
  • PAULA STEINBERG
  • CECILE SUTHERLAND
  • TECHNO ACOUSTICS HOLDINGS, LLC
  • MYRON WALDON + AMY KNAPP

DONORS

  • ANTHONY CURRIE
  • SUZZANNE DOUGLAS + JON COBB, IN MEMORY OF CLAUDIO RODITI
  • DEBRA DEMARTINI
  • BRUCE + BARBARA EKLUND
  • PATRICK FASUSI, MD
  • LYNN + BRUCE HECKMAN, MD
  • RENEE + MICHAEL AL-SARRAF BROWN
  • JOHN WESLEY HOUSE, JPTG PROPERTIES LLC
  • KEA ENGINEERS
  • MARCIA MARLEY + PETER RAPPOPORT
  • LORNA MCDONALD
  • ANDREA MONTALBANO + DIRON JEBEJIAN
  • JOHN PIZZARELLI
  • MARTIN SHERLOCK
  • NICK SALEEM
  • STANLEY SPALDING
  • TED STEPHENS
  • LINDA + BRIAN STERLING
  • MARIA L. VECCHIONE, WEST OF HUDSON REAL ESTATE
  • RADIKA + STEVEN WEDDLER
  • HILARY APICELLA
  • SABRINA ERNSTS
  • IVOR ALLEYNE
  • ANONYMOUS
  • KELLY BAILEY
  • JEAN CAMPBELL + PATRICK MORRISSY
  • MONTY CERF + JULIE MICOU CERF
  • JOSEPHINE CRESPO, IN HONOR OF NEAL LAZAR
  • KAREN POINTER
  • ALICE ANDRE-CLARK + BRIAN SILIKOVITZ
  • DEE BAILY + JON HEINER
  • GRACE-ANN BLAKE
  • HEATHER CARTER
  • DARLENE CHAN
  • THE LILLIAN + LEONARD JACOBER FAMILY FOUNDATION
  • STEVEN MOUNT
  • LIZ RIDAY + YVES OBADIA, IN MEMORY OF ELLIS MARSALIS
  • ELLEN + KEN COLTON
  • WENDY + JACK FINN
  • THE KUO FAMILY
  • THE LOONEYS
  • CONOR BELL
  • DAN MACKTA
  • MARILYN + SEGUNDO PADILLA
  • ANN RASMUSSEN + CHRIS CERF
  • LYN ROSENSWEIG + BRUCE SCHNELWAR
  • DEBORAH ROSS
  • DR. SHIRLEY LEWIS
  • BETH SIEGEL + SCOTT WEINER
  • MICHAEL J. WACKS
  • HOWARD WALKER
  • HON. SAM D. WALKER
  • MICHAEL COUGHLAN
  • JOE MORRIS
  • MICHAEL J> WACKS + PHYLLIS GREENBERG
[As of June 25, 2020]

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