BNY Mellon Jazz 2016 Living Legacy AwardBaltimore, MD – October 11, 2016 – Bassist and educator Ron Carter was honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2016 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., on Friday, October 7, 2016. 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 U.S. Virgin Islands Youth Ensemble. Following the Award presentation, guests enjoyed a performance by 2015 Living Legacy awardee Gary Bartz in the KC Jazz Club.

Previous Living Legacy Award winners (from 2015-1994) include 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 2016 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) Alan Cooper, Executive Director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Honoree Ron Carter; Susan Traver, Regional President, BNY Mellon; Scott Johnson, Chair, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Kevin Struthers, Director of Jazz Programming, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 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 advances access to and participation in the arts. For more information on the Foundation’s programs and services, please visit: