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Jazz Foundation of America to Release ‘Relief’ Benefit Project – Billboard

The Jazz Basis of America (JFA) is continuous to help musicians who’ve been financially impacted by the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Harmony Music Group, Mack Avenue Music Group, Nonesuch Information, Warner Music Group, Common Music Group’s Verve Label Group and Blue Notice Information will launch the Aid album, a star-studded profit undertaking that will probably be out there as a two-LP set, CD and digital album on Nov. 12.

Web proceeds from gross sales of the discharge will profit JFA’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, which was established in spring 2020.

“The Jazz Basis of America deeply appreciates the artists, songwriters and label groups who contributed to this undertaking with such compassion and generosity,” JFA govt director Joe Petrucelli mentioned in an announcement. “As pandemic restrictions proceed to raise, we acknowledge that musicians will face a very prolonged restoration. They had been among the many first to be hit by the consequences of the disaster and will probably be among the many final to attain a real sense of normalcy or stability. We and our companions are right here for the lengthy haul.”

Among the many jazz stars included on Aid are Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, IRMA and LEO (Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese), Cécile McLorin Salvant, Hiromi, Kenny Garrett and Jon Batiste. Highlights embrace a poignant dwell efficiency of “Gingerbread Boy” by a quintet that includes Hancock, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams, Albert “Tootie” Heath and Jimmy Heath. It was recorded throughout JFA’s 2014 A Nice Evening in Harlem profit present at New York’s historic Apollo Theater and marks the primary look on document of a efficiency from one of many JFA’s annual advantages. Roney later died of COVID-19 on March 31, 2020 on the age of 59. Jimmy Heath, who composed the quantity, died of pure causes on Jan. 19, 2020 at 93.

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“I’m honored to be a part of this significant undertaking that helps the vital work of the Jazz Basis, who has at all times been there for musicians going by means of powerful occasions,” mentioned Hancock in a launch saying the undertaking. “They’ve been an particularly important useful resource for the neighborhood through the pandemic, serving to these in want of medical care, placing meals on the desk and paying their lease.”

Mack Avenue Music Group president Denny Stilwell, who helped assemble the undertaking, added, “The preliminary impetus was to lift cash for the fund. Then Blue Notice’s president Don Was mentioned, ‘Why don’t we make a document? Let’s all contribute some tracks.’ There was a nanosecond of silence, after which everyone in our core group, together with John Burk at Harmony [and] Jamie Krents, at Verve mentioned, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’”

Talking particularly on the observe carried out on the Apollo, Stilwell mentioned, “The factor that makes that observe heartbreaking and related is the inclusion of Wallace Roney, who was one of many first of our neighborhood to go from COVID. That observe, which additionally options Jimmy Heath, who additionally left us final yr, has some additional weight and that means for all of us.”

JFA staged a number of profit occasions in 2020. Digital live performance #TheNewGig came about in Might, adopted by a world Gershwin International on-line efficiency led by Israeli pianist Man Mintus in July. A Charlie Parker-themed Chook Calls streaming fundraiser was held in December.

Aid will probably be out there for buy starting Friday (Nov. 12).

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