Jazz at Lincoln Center to Present Tribute to Phoebe Jacobs, 5/24

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, and Jazz at Lincoln Center invite you to the Tribute to Phoebe Jacobs, in memoriam. The event will be held at Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 1 p.m. There will be no printed tickets for this event. Doors will open at 12:30pm, and attendees will be seated on a first come, first served basis.

The Tribute to Phoebe Jacobs will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as well as Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Mercedes Ellington, Bobby Sanabria, Antoinette Montague, Robert O'Meally, Victor Goines, Bob Stewart, Stanley Crouch, George Wein, Norma Miller, BriAnna Thomas, and more. Immediately following the program will be a second line procession along Central Park South.

Ms. Jacobs' life was devoted to the perpetuation of jazz through The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation for which she served as the executive vice-president. She was one of the most important behind-the-scenes influence in jazz. Her phenomenal work touched many lives, especially those of young people through jazz education and outreach.

Phoebe established a unique legacy as a lifelong advocate of jazz. She garnered support and helped establish the Louis Armstrong Archives at Queens College and the Louis Armstrong House Museum; The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital; the Jazz for Young People Concert Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center; Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies and Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program; the Louis Armstrong Legacy Program and Celebration (Chicago) ; the Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp (New Orleans) ; the Duke Ellington Center, the Jazz Foundation of America, and New York's original Jazz Museum. She was impetus for providing scholarships to high school and college students through various non-profit organizations. She worked with Duke Ellington and his son, Mercer Ellington. Ms. Jacobs was instrumental in the development of the Duke Ellington Center with Mercedes Ellington. She was co-producer of the Benny Goodman Centennial held in Chicago.

Indeed, it was Phoebe Jacobs' personal relationship to jazz and its musicians that fueled her commitment to its survival. Through her dedication, Phoebe Jacobs has helped assure that vital memories of jazz history and its contributing musicians will always live on.

Please join us in the celebration of one of the most influential women in jazz history.

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