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Simon, Taylor, More Honor Michael Brecker January 20th

Jan 11, 2015

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves and others will honor the memory of their friend and colleague, 15-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Michael Brecker, at The Nearness of You benefit concert in New York City.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness are the benefit chairs, and Meredith Viera will serve as master of ceremonies. Proceeds from the concert will support cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), particularly the Myelodisplastic Syndromes (MDS) Center at CUMC.

This extraordinary event will also feature: Randy Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Joey Calderazzo, Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Bill Evans, Gil Goldstein, Adam Rogers, John Pattitucci, Antonio Sanchez, Danny Sadownik, Steve Wilson, Charles Pillow, Alex Sipiagin, Robin Eubanks, Chris Komer, Roger Rosenberg, Joyce Hammann, Mark Feldman, Lois Martin and David Eggar.

The New York Times hailed Michael Brecker as, "Among the most influential musicians in jazz since the 1960s." As a result of his harmonic and rhythmic innovations, Brecker is one of the most studied musicians in music schools throughout the world today. He has also recorded and performed with a Who's Who of jazz and pop giants from, Charles Mingus and Herbie Hancock, to Parliament/ Funkadelic and Aretha Franklin, to Bruce Springsteen and  Eric Clapton - as well as James Taylor and Paul Simon. In 2005, Brecker was diagnosed with MDS. In need of a bone marrow transplant, the International Bone Marrow Registry was searched for a match. Failing to find a matching donor, Brecker died at age 57. As a result of the tens of thousands of people worldwide who registered in an effort to save Brecker's life, 54 lives were saved when new registrants turned out to be perfect matches for others in need.

TICKET INFORMATION: The concert will be held in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall at 7:30pm. General admission tickets start at $200 and are available by calling Center Charge at 212-721-6500, or online at or at The Jazz at Lincoln Center box office, located on the ground floor of the Time Warner Center. Benefactor sales, which provides access to the pre- and post-concert receptions, can be obtained by contacting Hindy Komin at or (212) 342-5597.