Charles Tolliver stands center holding his 2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presnted by PECO plaque. He is flanked by two people on each side.

Baltimore, MD – October 17, 2019 – Trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader Charles Tolliver was honored with the 2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO in a special ceremony on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA. The Living Legacy Jazz Award honors jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Living Legacy Jazz Award and the inaugural year for this event at its new home in the Kimmel Center. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary, several previous honorees returned to celebrate the evening, including: Toshiko Akiyoski, Odean Pope, Joanne Brackeen, Reggie Workman, and Larry Ridley. Previous awardees and Mr. Tolliver were on hand for a special panel earlier in the day, “Living Legends: Up Close and Personal,” in partnership with the Jazz Philadelphia Summit. 

Guests enjoyed a gala reception in the Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden with music provided by the Philadelphia Clef Club Jazz Ambassadors. The reception and Award ceremony were followed by a concert by Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation with a special appearance by the 2018 Living Legacy honoree, Toshiko Akiyoshi in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater. Audience members got a surprise treat, when Mr. Tolliver also took the stage to join the band for a number.

The event’s Honorary Chairs included Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, Anne Ewers, and Christian McBride. A group of local business, non-profit, and education professionals provided lead support through the Philadelphia Host Committee.

The 2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by PECO.

This program is made possible through a collaboration with The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus.

Image: (l-r) Hal Real, Board Chair, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Theresa Colvin, Executive Director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Charles Tolliver, 2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO Honoree; Michael Innocenzo, President and CEO, PECO; and Romona Riscoe Benson, Director of Corporate and Community Relations, PECO. Credit: Martin Regusters.

About PECO
PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility and is one of the Greater Philadelphia region’s most active corporate citizens. The company provides about $6 million in grant support annually to numerous educational, environmental, arts and culture and community development organizations. PECO’s 2,700 employees volunteer thousands of hours of time and talent each year as board members and volunteers in their communities. Each year, PECO invests more than $1 million into arts programs, alone, helping people of all ages and backgrounds experience local visual and performing arts.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work and advance access to and participation in the arts. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely 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, national, and international perspective. For more information on the Foundation’s programs and services, please visit:

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