Baltimore, MD – October 31, 2017 – Saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator Odean Pope was honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., on Friday, October 27, 2017. The Living Legacy Jazz Award honors jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

Guests enjoyed a reception in the Kennedy Center Atrium including music by the Suitland High School CVPA Jazz Combo . Following the Award presentation, guests enjoyed a performance by 2016 Living Legacy awardee Ron Carter in the Terrace Theater.

Previous Living Legacy Award winners (from 2016-1994) include 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.

The BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon.

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

Image: (l-r) Kevin Struthers, Director of Jazz Programming, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Theresa Colvin, Executive Director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Susan Traver, Regional President, BNY Mellon; Honoree Odean Pope;  Scott Johnson, Chair, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Image credit: Valerie Russell.

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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: