On Sunday April 28, Woodlawn Cemetery will welcome jazz lovers to a celebration of the lives of the jazz greats—Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Jean Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet, and Celia Cruz, among many others—who are at rest at Woodlawn. Visitors will be taken on a special trolley tour of Woodlawn’s famed “Jazz Corner” led by prominent members of the New York Jazz community, such as Ray Carmen, President of the Duke Ellington Society; Carol Scherick, former manager of “Illinois” Jacquet, Rigmor Newman Nicholas, wife of the great tap dancer Harold Nicholas; and jazz bassist and composer Don Payne. They will tell their personal stories of working with these groundbreaking musicians and how those musicians made New York City “America’s jazz capital.”
The tour will be followed by a concert by Jazz bassist Paul West in Woodlawn’s Woolworth Chapel. Sponsored by the Woodlawn Conservancy and the Duke Ellington Society in honor of April’s Jazz History Month, “Encore! A Jazz Revival” will take place on Sunday, April 28 from 1 – 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
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