Celebrate Dave Brubeck and Charlie Parker at JALC’s 2020 Gala

This year’s gala, Brubeck+Bird at 100, celebrates the legacy of two jazz greats, Dave Brubeck and Charlie “Yardbird” Parker and will feature a star-studded lineup performing timeless songs from two artists who helped shape and forever change the art form. Anchored by New York’s House Band – The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – the show features performances by special guests including Benny Green, Sheila Jordan, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Veronica Swift, Norm Lewis, Diane Reeves, and many more.

We are proud to present the Ed Bradley Award for Leadership in Jazz to Jazz at Lincoln Center Board Member* Clarence Otis and Jacqueline L. Bradley*, who are leaders in both business and philanthropy. Clarence and Jacqueline have been staunch supporters of JALC and our youth education programs, particularly Let Freedom Swing and Clarence has served in a number of leadership capacities, including his current role as chair of JALC’s Finance Committee. Clarence also sits on the boards of Verizon and VF Corporation.

We could not be more excited to present this year’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Award for Artistic Excellence to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s own Phil Schaap, a true inspiration to all of us working to keep jazz alive. Through a career of broadcasting jazz on the radio for over 44 years, winning him Grammy Awards for Historical Writing, Producing, and Audio Engineering, Schaap is one of our most passionate and dedicated scholars and a staple in the world of jazz preservation.

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