Past Event

2015 Benefit Concert with Dianne Reeves and Joe Lovano

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Thank you to everyone who made our June 10th Benefit Concert a huge success!


DIANNE REEVES won her fifth Grammy® Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Beautiful Life on February 8, 2015. She holds Grammy® Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy® first in any vocal category.  Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. She performed at the White House on multiple occasions including President Obama’s State Dinner for the President of China as well as the Governors’ Ball.

“The most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Ms. Reeves has a keen sense of herself as a custodian of a jazz vocal tradition.” –The New York Times

“Reeves reaffirmed her stature as one of the most creative and technically accomplished female vocalists working today … Here was the essence of jazz.” –The Chicago Tribune

JOE LOVANO was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history.” The Grammy® Award winning saxophone giant has distinguished himself for some three decades as a prescient and path finding force in the arena of creative music. The secret to Lovano’s success is his fearless ability to push the conceptual and thematic choices he has made in his quest to find new modes of artistic expression within the jazz idiom.



Given to individuals whose artistry embodies the highest jazz standards and traditions.

The 2015 Legend of Jazz Award is presented to Reginald “Reggie” Workman for a lifetime of high artistic achievement in jazz standards and traditions. Workman is a brilliant bassist whose versatile style fits into both hard bop and very avant-garde settings and was a member of the John Coltrane Quartet.  Since that time, Workman has been both an educator and a working musician, and has played with legendary jazz artists including Max Roach and Art Farmer among others. Workman is a Professor and Coordinator of Curriculum at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Studies, an institution recognized around the world as one the greatest schools for jazz education.


Given to individuals and organizations for leadership in advancing the appreciation of jazz and for enduring contributions to the quality of life in local Harlem communities.

The 2015 Jazz and Community Leadership Award is presented to the late Albert Maysles and the Maysles Institute for advancing the appreciation and acceptance of jazz with his masterful work in film and for enduring contributions to the communities of Harlem through the Maysles Institute. In 2014, Maysles was awarded the esteemed National Medal of Arts by President Obama. Maysles and his late brother David are recognized as pioneers of “direct cinema,” the distinctly American version of French “cinema verité.” Maysles’ forays into the world of music range from What’s Happening! The Beatles in the USA (1964), and Gimme Shelter (1970) the cult film that featured Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones in concert at Altamont, to films on Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Vladimir Horowitz, Mstislav Rostropovich and Wynton Marsalis.