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Joanne Brackeen Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award

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Jazz pianist, educator, and composer Joanne Brackeen was honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 10, 2014. The Living Legacy Award honors jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

Guests enjoyed a gala reception in the Kennedy Center Atrium including music by the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra Combo. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Living Legacy Jazz Award, previous Legacy winners joined event guests for the evening, including: Kenny Barron, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Larry Ridley, and Reggie Workman. Following the Award presentation, guests were treated to 2012 Living Legacy awardee Muhal Richard Abrams and his group in a rare, Washington, D.C. performance in the Terrace Theater.

Previous Living Legacy Award winners (from 2013-1994) include Nathan Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Phil Woods, Roy Haynes, Dr. Frank Foster, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Randy Weston, Keter Betts, Jimmy Heath, Joe Kennedy, Jr., Shirley Scott, Reggie Workman, Dr. Donald Byrd, Larry Ridley, Barry Harris, Robert “Boysie" Lowery, and Clark Terry. A Millennium Award was conferred on Dr. Billy Taylor in 2000.

The BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon with additional support from The Reva and David Logan Foundation and Amtrak - The Official Rail Sponsor of the BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award.

This program is made possible through a collaboration with the Kennedy Center.

About BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of June 30, 2014, BNY Mellon had $28.5 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.6 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists' capacity to create and present work, advance access to and participation in the arts, and promote a more sustainable arts ecology. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that isclosely allied with the region's state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional perspective. The region includes nine states and jurisdictions: The District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia.
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