Update about Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert and auction on Saturday, September 17 at 7pm. The benefit will be held at the Rose Theater located inside the Frederick P. Rose Hall on Broadway and 60th Street, New York City.

The concert, hosted by Laurence Fishburne, will feature Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Ken Burns, Cyrus Chestnut, Peter Cincotti, Elvis Costello, Bill Cosby, Robert De Niro, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Hendricks, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Abbey Lincoln, Bette Midler, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Paul Simon, Meryl Streep, James Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Cassandra Wilson, Buckwheat Zydeco and many more to be announced.

The Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert and Auction will be televised nation-wide on PBS Live From Lincoln Center, hosted by Beverly Sills. XM Satellite Radio will carry this concert live on their network from coast to coast on channel 70, the Real Jazz channel. Higher Ground will also be broadcasting live via radio partner WBGO. Jazz 88.3FM in the New York City area will also be covering the live event and broadcasting options will be offered nationally and internationally via National Public Radio and its 807 member stations in the U.S. Another station covering the event, NPR Worldwide, will also stream it live on For streaming options on other sites please visit, or The event will be recorded by Jazz at Lincoln Center and a CD will be produced and released by Blue Note Records with all profits going to relief fund efforts.

Concert tickets are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office at Broadway at 60th St., by calling Center Charge at (212) 721-6500 or via CenterCharge service fees will be donated to hurricane relief efforts. Ticket prices are $50, $100, $500, $1000, $5000, $10,000.

The Higher Ground benefit event will include an auction. Items to be auctioned off include a 000-28 Martin Eric Clapton model guitar, autographed by Eric Clapton and John Mayer; artwork by LeRoy Neiman; artwork by Peter Max and items from Miramax Films. Paul Rogers and Candlewick Press are pleased to donate ten pre-publication, first edition copies of Jazz ABZ: An A To Z Collection of Jazz Portraits by Wynton Marsalis that will be signed by the author and the illustrator.

Each book will be accompanied by a special edition print (15″ x 15″ framed) that features one of the following ten artists portrayed in the book: Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, Jelly Roll Morton, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Fats Waller, Dizzy Gillespie. More details to be announced.

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  1. would like to contact wynton for a show in chicago’s newest jazz club on the southside. need contact e-mail information or telephone.
    my number 312 643-2181

    alvin carter-bey on Sep 16th, 2005 at 8:28pm