Aug 4, 2014
A lifelong champion of jazz, Bruce Lundvall had been president of the legendary jazz label Blue Note since 1984, and had previously been president of Columbia Records and Elektra Records, where he founded the jazz-oriented Elektra Musician imprint. During his career, he not only signed standout talent but also staged unlikely events, including the renowned three-day Havana Jam festival featuring Columbia's top pop and jazz artists as well as superb Cuban artists in Cuba's capital 35 years ago. He also celebrated the relaunching of the formerly dormant Blue Note Records in 1984 by staging a "miraculous" all-star jazz concert in New York's Town Hall.
Lundvall, who has become disabled because of Parkinson's disease, has moved into a full-time senior assisted living community, Brighton Gardens of Saddle River, not far from his home in New Jersey. Unable to go see the jazz artists he knows and loves, he has come up with a plan to bring them to him and his new community.
On August 24, 2014 a top-tier cast of stars that Lundvall has assembled will perform at the Sunrise Senior Living Jazz Festival at Brighton Gardens of Saddle River, New Jersey from 2:00 - 8:00PM. Saxophonist Joe Lovano will be leading his nonet (which includes vocalist Judi Silvano), Dianne Reeves will sing, and Chucho Valdés, one of jazz's greatest pianists, will be performing solo. One of the highlights of the afternoon will be pianist Bill Charlap's interpretations of Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein compositions and piano duets with his wife Rene Rosnes. Charlap will be joined by Javon Jackson, Nicholas Payton, Ravi Coltrane, and the great rhythm section of Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Special festival guest will be local jazz guitar great Bucky Pizzarelli who will perform with his longtime duo mate, guitarist Ed Loeb.
All artists performing are playing pro bono, with proceeds from ticket sales going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease. Tickets will be $150. In addition, a special donation of $200 will include VIP seating at the concert in the front row, meet and greet with musicians after the show, cocktails and an autographed copy of the biography, Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear.
A raffle for autographed photos of celebrities will also take place. Complimentary beer and wine will be served. At intermission, there will be a complimentary hour-long tapas party for concertgoers.
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketbud.com. For more information, please contact Victoria Priore Cain · 201-818-8680 Director of Sales, Brighton Gardens Sunrise Senior Living, NJ.