[JPL] ASCAP Members Eric Reed, Andy Bey and IGWE to Perform at Rep. John Conyers' Annual CBCF Jazz Forum And Concert

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Tue Sep 25 07:31:11 EDT 2007

For Immediate Release

Adrian Ross, ASCAP
Esther SanSaurus, ASCAP



     This event is part of The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's
                    37th Annual Legislative Conference

Washington, DC ­ Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House
Judiciary Committee, and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, will host
his 23rd Jazz Forum and Concert during the upcoming Congressional Black
Caucus Foundation¹s Annual Legislative Conference, September 26-29, at the
Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC

The Jazz Issue Forum and Concert will take place on Thursday, September
27th, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Ballroom C of the Washington
Convention Center.  The Jazz Forum and Concert are both open to the public.

The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) will serve
as the title sponsor of this year¹s Jazz Forum and Concert.   The
Bridgestone­Firestone Trust Fund, DTE Energy and Microsoft are also

The reigning dean of jazz drummers, Roy Haynes, will be this year¹s honoree
and a featured performing artist.  Haynes is a veteran who has performed
with the likes of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins,
Thelonius Monk and Eric Dolphy.  His work as a leader includes
collaborations with Paul Chambers, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Kenny Garrett.
Haynes has been named a ³Jazz Master² by the National Endowment for the
Arts.  He is also a recipient of a 2007 Downbeat Critics Award.  Haynes
latest band, called Fountain of Youth, features some great young players
with whom he has produced Grammy nominated recordings.  Scheduled for
October release is a four disc boxed set entitled A Life in Time ­ The Roy
Haynes Story.  It includes a number of history-making recordings that
highlight his prolific career.

This year¹s jazz concert will also feature performances by three ASCAP
members: Andy Bey, Eric Reed and Igwe.

Vocalist Andy Bey is making a return visit to Conyers¹ CBCF event.  Bey is
a virtuoso singer and an elegant pianist who appeared at the famed Apollo
Theater at the age of 12.  He has worked with many acclaimed artists
including Horace Silver, Max Roach and Gary Bartz.  The Jazz Journalists
Association has named Andy Bey its ³Best Male Jazz Vocalist² for three
consecutive years.  His most recent album, American Song, was nominated for
a Grammy in 2004.

Another artist making a return visit is vocalist IGWE.  A native of
Detroit, MI, like Conyers, IGWE (which means ³In Honor of God) began his
career as a background singer in that music rich city.  He came to this
area to enrich his skills by studying musical theory, instrumentation and
drama at Morgan State University.  IGWE launched his singing career in this
area at the now departed Van Ness Station, and has performed since then at
the Islander, Twins Lounge, Buddy¹s Jazz Pub and the East Coast Jazz

Eric Reed, a talented pianist, whose trio will accompany both Andy Bey and
IGWE, is well known within the jazz genre for his hard-driving swing,
daring expression, formidable technique and thunderous sound.  At age 18,
Reed began touring the world with his own ensembles and recording both as a
leader and sideman.  During the early 1990s he worked with Wynton Marsalis¹
Septet and later spent two years as a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz
Orchestra.  He has also worked with bands led by the legendary Freddie
Hubbard and Joe Henderson.  In 2005, Reed formed a quartet and vigorously
hit the performing circuit.  His latest recording entitled Here was
released last year on the MaxJazz label.

The final artist taking the stage will be bassist Corcoran Holt, performing
with his dynamic quintet.  Holt is a locally developed talent who is a
product of both the DC Youth Orchestra and the Duke Ellington School for
the Arts.   He went on to receive degrees in jazz studies from the
Shenandoah Conservatory in 2004 and Queens College in 2006.  Already during
his young career, Holt has had the pleasure of working with such jazz
greats at Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Delfeyo
Marsalis, Billy Hart and many others.  He has toured and performed at music
festivals around the world.

The concert will be preceded at 7:00 p.m. by the Jazz Forum entitled ³House
Concurrent Resolution 57: The Next Twenty Years, Unleashing Our Power.²
The Forum will be moderated by Dr. Larry Ridley, President of the African
American Jazz Caucus of the International Association for Jazz Education.
Serving as panelists are Jackie Harris, director of the Louis Armstrong
Summer Jazz Camp in New Orleans; Bobby Hill, Program Director of WPFW-FM
Radio; Antonio Puesan, Founder and Director of the HR 57 Center for the
Preservation of Jazz and Blues; and Dr. Will Smith, Assistant Professor and
Director of the American University Jazz Ensemble.  The discussion will
focus on the continuing impact of H. Con. Res. 57 and how, over the next 20
years, the concepts of the legislation can be applied within the African
American community.  The Forum will be broadcast live on WPFW (89.3 FM).

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licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and
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