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19th Annual Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Festival Set for Labor Day Weekend 2009

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The 19th Annual Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Festival in memory of Pernell “Percy” Council, will take place on Labor Day Weekend (Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7) at the Embassy Suites Hotel (Airport), 9000 Bartram Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153 (215) 365-4500.

The Scholarship Festival will welcome world renowned headliners to include trombonist, Don Collins; saxophonists, Louis Taylor, Tim Warfield & Bruce Williams; vocalists, Nina Bundy, Ella Gahnt, Barbara Morrison & Jackie Ryan; pianists, Aaron Graves, Roy Meriwether, Dick Morgan, Dave Posmontier & Phil Wright; and drummers, Lucky Thompson. This years honorees include musical educators, Mike Boone, Jamal Dickerson and Mark Mitchell; founder of the Council of Jazz Advocates (COJA), Thelma Anderson and festival publicist/supporter, Verna Edwards. Special festival guests include Philadelphia’s own Bill Cosby and Dr. Verolga Nix & the Intermezzo Choir.

Festival honorees will be presented with their awards, Saturday evening preceding Jackie Ryans’ concert at 8:30 p.m. Additional events include a reception each night in the Atrium, a pool side jam, vendors, workshops, and so much more.

Festival Weekend Packages, Day Passes and Individual Event Tickets are available. For more information, please contact MACC at (215) 753-0232 or (215) 248-4415 or visit the Website at maccjazz.org.

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