Frank Wess to be honored at Juilliard Jazz’s Tribute to Jazz Legends on Tuesday, Febr 27, 2007 at 8 PM in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Juilliard

EVENING ALSO PAYS TRIBUTE TO JAMES MOODY, DR. BILLY TAYLOR, CLARK TERRY, AND JOE WILDER, WITH PRESENTATION OF THE JUILLIARD PRESIDENT’S MEDALWITH APPEARANCES BY GUEST ARTISTS BENNY GOLSON AND AUDRA McDONALD

Saxophonist Frank Wess joins the line-up at Juilliard Jazz’s Tribute to Jazz Legends, a special evening on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 8 PM in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Juilliard. The evening also pays tribute to jazz artists James Moody, Dr. Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, and Joe Wilder, all of whom will be in attendance. Each will perform with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra or with Juilliard Jazz student musicians in ensemble. Mr. Wess replaces Marian McPartland, who was to be honored, but is unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Benny Golson hosts the evening and will be joined in performance by singer and Juilliard alumna Audra McDonald. The evening features original arrangements by Juilliard Jazz faculty, students and alumni in tribute to each of the honorees.

Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi will present the five Jazz Legends with the Juilliard President’s Medal in recognition of their contributions to jazz. The President’s Medal was created during Juilliard’s centennial season and was designed by longtime friend of the School, artist Milton Glaser.

Tickets are available at $50 and $25 through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 and will be available on January 23, 2006. Sponsorship tickets, which include a private reception with the artists following the concert, may be obtained by calling Juilliard’s Patrons’ Desk at (212) 769-7409. Proceeds from the Sponsorship tickets benefit Juilliard Jazz.

The 2006-07 season marks the 6th anniversary of Juilliard Jazz, the newest program of performance education inaugurated by Juilliard. A collaboration of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies was the first jazz program to be initiated at the conservatory world-renowned for the quality of its performance education and its many celebrated alumni musicians, dancers, and actors. In fall 2003, Juilliard created an undergraduate jazz program, awarding a bachelor of music degree to those completing its four-year curriculum. In fall 2007, Juilliard enrolls its first master of music degree jazz musicians. The two-year program is designed for advanced performers who want to maximize their professional opportunities, onstage, and in the academic world.

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