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Manhattan School Of Music Jazz Orchestra Pays Tribute To Masekela

Jazzed Magazine • News • November 12, 2019

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The Manhattan School of Music (MSM) is paying tribute to one of its most distinguished alumni, the legendary South African trumpeter, composer, and activist, Hugh Masekela, with a special MSM Jazz Orchestra concert on November 22 (at MSM) and December 2 (at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center). The tribute – conducted by Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter, composer, and MSM Jazz Arts faculty member Jon Faddis – features Sean Jones on trumpet on November 22.

“Hugh Masekela dedicated his life to making music and advocating for the preservation and expression of African identity and heritage. We’re thrilled to be honoring such an internationally celebrated MSM alumnus, someone with a vision for the world and for South Africa,” says Stefon Harris, associate dean and director of Jazz Arts at MSM.

The event also celebrates the first year of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at Manhattan School of Music, which provides full scholarships to six South African music students pursuing Bachelor of Music degrees at MSM. Zeke LeGrange and Nhlanhla Mahlangu, the first two recipients of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship, who began their studies in September, are performing in the concert. Four additional “Masekela scholars” will join MSM in the fall of 2020 and 2021.

The scholarship is made possible by partnerships with the ELMA Music Foundation and the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation.

“This scholarship not only honors a great artist’s legacy but also nurtures the next generation of South African musicians, upholding Hugh Masekela’s vision to preserve and promote African heritage, culture, and identity,” says MSM president James Gandre.

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