[Dixielandjazz] Tribute to Phoebe Jacobs 5-24-12 at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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Wed May 9 04:00:40 PDT 2012
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From: Norman Vickers, Jazz Society of Pensacola, Inc.
Steve Barbone has previously posted the NYTimes obituary on Phoebe Jacobs.
Here's notice of a celebration of her life on t-24-12 at Jazz at Lincoln
Center-even a second line parade.
I got to see/hear her a couple of times at the New Orleans Satchmo
Summerfest. Charming, interesting lady.
Contact: <mailto:lois at jazzcorner.com> Lois Gilbert
Jazz Greats & Friends Celebrate The Life of Phoebe Jacobs
Tribute to Phoebe Jacobs
May 24, 2012 - 1 p.m.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th St., NYC
family of Phoebe Jacobs, The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, and
Jazz at Lincoln Center invite you to the Tribute to Phoebe Jacobs, in
memoriam (June 21, 1918 - April 9, 2012). The event will be held at Rose
Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday, May 24,
2012 at 1 p.m.
The Tribute to Phoebe Jacobs will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center
Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as well as Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Mercedes
Ellington, Bobby Sanabria, George Wein, Antoinette Montague, Robert
O'Meally, Victor Goines, Bob Stewart, Stanley Crouch, Norma Miller, Brianna
Thomas, and more. Immediately following the program will be a second line
procession along Central Park South.
There will be no printed tickets for this event. Doors will open at 12:30pm,
and attendees will be seated on a first come, first served basis.
Ms. Jacobs' life was devoted to the perpetuation of jazz through The Louis
Armstrong Educational Foundation for which she served as the executive
vice-president. She was one of the most important behind-the-scenes
influences in jazz. Her phenomenal work touched many lives, especially those
of young people through jazz education and outreach.
Phoebe Jacobs established a unique legacy as a lifelong advocate of jazz.
She garnered support and helped establish the Louis Armstrong Archives at
Queens College and the Louis Armstrong House Museum; the Louis Armstrong
Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital; the Jazz for Young
People Concert Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center; Columbia University Center
for Jazz Studies and Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program; the Louis
Armstrong Legacy Program and Celebration (Chicago); the Louis "Satchmo"
Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp (New Orleans); the Duke Ellington Center, the
Jazz Foundation of America, and New York's original Jazz Museum. She was the
impetus for providing scholarships to high school and college students
through various non-profit organizations. She worked with Duke Ellington and
his son, Mercer Ellington. Ms. Jacobs was instrumental in the development of
the Duke Ellington Center with Mercedes Ellington. She was co-producer of
the Benny Goodman Centennial held in Chicago.
Indeed, it was Phoebe Jacobs' personal relationship to jazz and its
musicians that fueled her commitment to its survival. Through her
dedication, Phoebe Jacobs has helped assure that vital memories of jazz
history and its contributing musicians will always live on.
Please join us in the celebration of one of the most influential women in
Phoebe Jacobs was born June 21, 1918. Her love for jazz began early in
life. She began working as a hat check girl at her Uncle Ralph Watkins'
Manhattan jazz nightclub at seventeen years old.
She would later go on to work as a promoter and contractor, even serving as
Director of Public Relations and Producer of Special Events at the Rainbow
Room and Rainbow Grill in New York City, where she was responsible for the
appearances of many prominent entertainers, including Benny Goodman, Sarah
Vaughan, Cy Coleman, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald. Ms. Jacobs is
perhaps best known as publicist for such prominent musicians as Ella
Fitzgerald, Sy Oliver, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, and Della
Reese. She worked very closely for many years with Louis Armstrong, for whom
she began as a public relations specialist and, in 1969, assisted in
organizing the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, according to the
great musician's wishes. The Foundation's mission is to support music
education. She became a devout friend and confidant of Lucille Armstrong.
Phoebe and Lucille travelled to many locations representing Armstrong and
planting seeds for many important initiatives. Ms. Jacobs served as
executive vice-president of the foundation until her death.
Phoebe Jacobs has made invaluable contributions to Armstrong's living
legacy. In 1995, she saw her and Lucille Armstrong's efforts, along with the
support of many, reach fruition when the United States Postal Service
released a postal stamp for Louis Armstrong. In 2000, her dream came true,
when the New Orleans Airport was renamed to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport, the first airport to be named for a jazz artist.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louis Armstrong Educational
Foundation online at www.louisarmstrongfoundation.org
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Phoebe Jacobs New York Times obituary
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