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Jazz Foundation of America - 26th Annual Jazz Loft Party

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Jazz Foundation of America - 26th Annual Jazz Loft Party

Oct 8, 2017

For 26 years, this is has been a great, fun party, a most worthy celebration held in honor of an even more worthy cause, the only Foundation that is, as it’s motto reads, “saving jazz, one musician at a time.” Actually, they save a great many more than that at once, and, as you are well aware, what with the devastation in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean, the need is greater than ever. Mounted by Wendy Oxenhorn, an angel in a mermaid dress who was rightfully named as the jazz advocate of the year by the NEA in 2016, the evening long marathon event artfully intermingles hardcore jazz instrumentalists and singers along with soul and blues artists. The party setting - with copious amounts of food and drink (and probably all your friends as well) everywhere you turn, makes this one of the most copacetic ways to enjoy your favorite music. This year, the top headliners are Gladys Knight, Nona Hendryx, Steve Jordan, and the host is actor Danny Glover. Every year I go, and every year I inevitably run into lots of people that I never see anywhere else; apparently they only attend one jazz event per year. I’d like to encourage them to go to more than that, however, if they are going to pick just one, it’s hard to fault their judgement for selecting this one.

Jazz Foundation of America - 26th Annual Jazz Loft Party
"A Night For The Soul”
Hudson Studios
601 West 26th Street, 13th Fl
Saturday, October 14

Full details are available at the JFA site, but here are a few more names:

Gladys Knight ✶ Nona Hendryx ✶ Danny Glover ✶ Rosie Perez ✶ Super Soul Banned Featuring Ray Parker Jr. ✶ Ronald Bell (kool & The Gang) ✶ Mix Master Mike (beastie Boys) ✶ Steve Jordan ✶ Jamaaladeen Tacuma ✶isaiah Sharkey (d'angelo) ✶ Eddie Allen ✶ Wayne Cobham ✶clifton Anderson ✶ Clark Gayton ✶ Wallace Roney Group Featuring Gary Bartz ✶ Lenny White ✶ Patrice Rushen ✶ Guitarist Summit Featuring Marc Ribot ✶ Bill Frisell ✶ James "blood" Ulmer ✶ Mary Halvorson ✶davell Crawford ✶ Soul Understated Featuring Mavis "swan" Poole & Jeremy "bean" Clemons ✶ Jazzmeia Horn (winner 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition) ✶ Jonny Rosch & Friends

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)