Drummer Billy Hart Receives 2023 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO

Celebration at Kimmel Cultural Campus
Honors Legacy and Includes Surprise Performance

Color photo of four people standing in front of a backdrop with the Mid Atlantic Arts Logo on it. One person is holding a plaque and everyone is smiling.

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Image: (l-r) Ernest Stuart, Mid Atlantic Arts Program Director for Jazz; Mr. Billy Hart, 2023 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO Honoree; Romona Riscoe Benson, Mid Atlantic Arts Board Chair and Director of Corporate and Community Impact at PECO; and Juan Souki, Executive Director of Mid Atlantic Arts. Credit: Tate Digital.

Baltimore, November 7, 2023 – Drummer and educator Billy Hart received the 2023 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO on Thursday, November 2, 2023 during a special celebration at the Kimmel Cultural Campus in Philadelphia, PA.

A program of Mid Atlantic Arts, the Living Legacy Jazz Award honors living jazz master artists residing in the mid-Atlantic region who have kept the spirit and tradition of this evolving art form alive, maintaining the vitality of jazz for future generations through advocacy, mentorship, and the transmission of artistic skill and cultural knowledge.

As the 2023 Living Legacy Jazz Award honoree, Mr. Hart received a plaque and a $10,000 honoraria. Following the Award ceremony, guests received a special treat when Mr. Hart took to the stage with Khary Abdul-Shaheed on Drums, Dylan Band on Sax, Alex Claffy on Bass, and George Colligan on Keys for a surprise mini-performance.

The 2023 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts and is sponsored by PECO. Special thanks also to our Table Sponsors Maynard C. Smith Construction Company, Oberlin College and Conservatory, and WRTI Radio.

This program is made possible through a collaboration with the Kimmel Cultural Campus. Many thanks to Jazz Philadelphia and the Jazz Philadelphia Summit for their partnership.

About Mid Atlantic Arts
Mid Atlantic Arts nurtures and funds the creation and presentation of diverse artistic expression and connects people to meaningful arts experiences within our region and beyond. Created in 1979, Mid Atlantic Arts 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. To learn more about Mid Atlantic Arts, its programs and services, visit our website at www.midatlanticarts.org.

About PECO 
PECO founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas delivery company. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to nearly 1.7 million electric customers and more than 548,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. The company’s 2,900 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), a Fortune 250 company and the nation’s largest energy delivery company, serving more than 10 million customers through six fully regulated transmission and distribution utilities. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

Karen Newell
Director, External Affair
Mid Atlantic Arts 
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