Jazz Foundation of America Presents Cirque Du Jazz

Hudson Studios, 601 West 26th Street, NY, NY | 04.26.2014 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On Saturday, April 26th, the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) presented Cirque Du Jazz, a festive, circus-themed incarnation of its annual Jazz Loft Party at New York's Hudson Studios. The 23rd annual benefit, sponsored by Parmigiani Fleurier and the Montreux Jazz Festival, featured performances by jazz, blues, tango, folk, swing, and flamenco legends. Iconic Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis presented JFA's Lifetime Achievement Award to former Columbia/CBS/Elektra/Blue Note record company executive, Bruce Lundvall. (shown left). Musicians Matthew Whitaker, Nick Depuy, Norah Jones, and Dianne Reeves honored Mr. Lundvall with special tribute performances. Notable celebrities included actress Jennifer Beals and journalist Maria Bartilomo.

Cirque Du Jazz was a joyful and colorful melange of music, stilt performers, jugglers, dancers, and costumed revelers. Hosts included JFA Chairman, Dick Parsons; JFA President, Jarrett Lilien; JFA Vice Chairman, Wendy Oxenhorn; and Maria Bartiromo. Performances occurred simultaneously in two separate loft spaces, through which guests wandered, each at their own pace, and enjoyed music by jazz virtuosos Randy Weston, Billy Harper, Kahil El'Zabar, The Heath Brothers, Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, The Baby Soda Jazz Band, and ELEW; blues artist Sweet Georgia Brown; tango musicians Pablo Ziegler & Julio Botti; New Orleans Russian folk band, Debauche; and from Seville, flamenco trio Ismael De la Rosa, Sonia Olla, and Roberto Castellón. The event included a delicious buffet dinner and cocktails throughout the evening.

For 24 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has kept jazz and blues alive. It is the only national organization dedicated to saving the lives and homes of elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis, supporting more than 6,000 cases a year with emergency assistance and work opportunities. JFA programs assist with rent, food, utilities, counseling, referrals, and performance opportunities. Some of the cases include New Orleans musicians and their children still recovering from Katrina. JFA's Agnes Varis Jazz in the Schools program brings music to schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and other venues throughout the country. JFA partners with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and the Musicians’ Emergency Fund, and JFA social workers provide crucial services that keep these accomplished music veterans alive and productive.

For more information and to learn how you can help, please visit: The Jazz Foundation of America.