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Khan, Krall, Marsalis Present The Nearness of You Benefit Concert

Jazzed Magazine • News • December 29, 2016

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kahn-krall-marsalisOn Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis and other special guests will honor the memory of their friend and colleague, 15-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Michael Brecker, at The Nearness of You benefit concert in New York City.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness are hosting the post-concert reception and bassist Will Lee is the musical director.  Will was discovered by Michael and his brother Randy Brecker while Will was a student at the University of Miami. Among the most-in-demand session players, Will also performed for over 30 years with Paul Shaffer on Late Night with David Letterman. 

Time Magazine selected Wynton Marsalis, a nine-time Grammy winner, as one of the most influential people in America. Marsalis is also the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.  One of the best selling artists of her time, multi-Grammy winner Diana Krall has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide-unheard of for a jazz artist.  “The Queen of Funk”,  10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan began her career as the frontwoman of the funk band Rufus-and ranks #17 in VH1’s original list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.

Proceeds from the concert will support cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the work of Azra Raza, MD, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD.  Dr. Raza is director of the Myelodisplastic Syndromes (MDS) Center at CUMC. Dr. Mukherjee is a physician and researcher at the MDS Center who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

TICKET INFORMATION:  The concert will occur at 7.30pm in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.  General admission tickets start at $200 and are available by calling Center Charge at 212-721-6500.  Tickets are also available online at or at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office, located on the ground floor of the Time Warner Center (Broadway & 60th).

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