Wednesday, October 14th 2015
Jazz Drama Program Gala Benefit honoring Jon Hendricks and Cobi Narita

Good Morning America news anchor and music fan Ron Claiborne will host a gala evening honoring scat singing original Jon Hendricks — once dubbed the “James Joyce of Jazz” by Time magazine, and producer Cobi Narita who founded and led both the Universal Jazz Coalition and New York Women’s Jazz Festival for several decades.

The event benefits The Jazz Drama Program. Founded in 2003, the non-profit Jazz Drama Program helps young people discover jazz, and blues through school outreach programs, teacher trainings and through its unique socially relevant musicals written especially for young performers. The musicals are offered in schools and community arts organizations throughout the country and around the world. Support for the organization goes towards local training of 100 young people from ten different schools and releasing a soundtrack recording of Message From Saturn, the space odyssey about the healing power of the blues.

Performers at the October 14 gala include vocalist Marion Cowings, a protege of Hendricks; pianist and JDP Artistic Director Eli Yamin; and the extraordinarily talented Zah! Youth Ensemble, organized and trained by the JDP. Members come from Eagle Academy For Young Men, Institute for Collaborative Education, George Jackson Academy, P.S. 84 and Kings Park High School.

DiMenna Center
450 West 37th Street.
New York City
United States
Admission: 160.
Box office: 212-569-3141.
Venue phone: 6464106235.
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