Award to be Presented October 19, 2018 at the
John F. Kennedy Center 
for the Performing Arts


Head shot of Toshiko Akiyoshi. Toshiko is an Asian woman with brown hair cut into a chin length bob with bangs. Her head is turned slightly to the right. She is wearing a black blazer with a soft white v-neck blouse and necklace.Baltimore – May 14, 2018 – Pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi will be honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 19, 2018. The Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment servicing. The BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award honors living jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

The 2018 event will include a reception including music from a local youth jazz group, the Award ceremony, and admittance to the Kennedy Center’s 9:00pm Jazz Club performance featuring the BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy awardee Odean Pope.

“We are very proud to provide Toshiko Akiyoshi with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Legacy Award. For over 230 years, BNY Mellon has supported communities in areas where we can have the greatest impact and improve lives. As a part of our broader philanthropy and community partnership outreach, the company has supported the arts because we believe they contribute to making our local communities better places to live and work,” said Heidi DuBois, Head of Global Philanthropy and CSR.

Toshiko Akiyoshi is a Japanese jazz composer/arranger, bandleader and pianist. Her work has been performed by the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and Portland Symphony. Toshiko realized a long-time dream in 1996 when she completed her autobiography Life With Jazz. Among the many honors she has received are the Shijuhosho, the Japan Foundation Award, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosetta, the Asahi Award, and New York City’s Liberty Award. Toshiko is a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and her recordings have received a total of 14 Grammy Award nominations.

Previous BNY Mellon Living Legacy Award winners include Odean Pope, Ron Carter, Gary Bartz, Joanne Brackeen, Nathan Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Phil Woods, Roy Haynes, Dr. Frank Foster, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Randy Weston, Keter Betts, Jimmy Heath, Joe Kennedy, Jr., Shirley Scott, Reggie Workman, Dr. Donald Byrd, Larry Ridley, Barry Harris, Robert “Boysie” Lowery, and Clark Terry. A Millennium Award was conferred on Dr. Billy Taylor in 2000.

For more information on the BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award and the 2018 event, please click here.

This program is made possible through a collaboration with the Kennedy Center.

About BNY Mellon
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries. As of March 31, 2018, BNY Mellon had $33.5 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.9 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at for the latest company news.

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: