Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence at Lincoln Foundation’s
Internationally Renowned Music Educator, Jamey Aebersold – Featured Artist
Louisville, KY — Lincoln Foundation is excited to announce Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet as this year’s featured artist for the 20th Annual Evening of Jazz. The New Albany, Indiana native was honored as a recipient of the 2014 A.B. Spellman National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy. The award is bestowed upon an individual who has contributed significantly to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the art form of jazz. The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville was named in his honor. The internationally known saxophonist and music educator has created more than 130 “Play-A-Long” instructional book and CD collections, using the chord-scale system.
The benefit concert will be held Friday, August 21, 2015 at The Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville. The evening kicks off with a pre-concert reception at 5:30 p.m. where students from the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, also known as the West Louisville Boys and Girls Choirs will perform. The concert featuring the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet will start at 7:00 p.m. in the Bomhard Theater. The prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award will be presented to philanthropist Christina Lee Brown. The award is given annually to an individual in the community who exemplifies an active voluntary commitment to education, human/community service, and leadership.
Tickets to the Evening of Jazz are $100 and may be purchased through The Kentucky Center box office at 502-584-7777. Proceeds benefit Lincoln Foundation’s signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.
The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® was created in 1990 by Dr. Samuel Robinson, President Emeritus, to serve the educational needs of academically talented, economically disadvantaged students in grades 7-12. The program was named for Dr. Whitney M. Young, Sr., graduate and first African American President of the Lincoln Institute, and his son Dr. Whitney M. Young, Jr., noted educator, statesman, and human rights advocate. YOUNG is an acronym for Youth Organized to Understand New Goals. The program serves 250 disadvantaged students annually in grades 7-12 preparing them for academic achievement and college graduation. Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars annually achieve a 100% high school graduation rate and have earned over 100 undergraduate and graduate college degrees during the past five years. Today over 150 Scholars are enrolled at accredited colleges or universities.
Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago. The mission of Lincoln Foundation is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.
For additional information about Lincoln Foundation or the 20th Annual Evening of Jazz, please call Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or visit the Lincoln Foundation website at http://www.lincolnfdn.org.
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