Artists Gather to Perform For The 2015 Wilbur Ware Weekend Fundraiser

Fundraiser: Wilbur Ware Weekend at Cassandra’s Jazz Club and Gallery November 13-15

From the Wilbur Ware Institute: We are excited about our upcoming Fundraiser: Wilbur Ware Weekend at a new venue, Cassandra’s Jazz Club and Gallery. Dr. Dwight and Cassandra Dickerson have chosen to open in Historic Harlem, 2256 Seventh Avenue (Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard), near 133rd Street. We look forward to this celebration, and invite you all to join us!

Our first musical weekend was in 1979 right after Wilbur passed. Galvanized by Clifford and Sandy Jordan, musicians came together in New York (and Chicago) to support and encourage us. As you see, the WILBUR WARE WEEKEND was held at the Tin Palace in NYC. (The Chicago effort was organized by Wilbur and Valarie Campbell at Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase.) The second effort was in 1981 at Mark Morganelli’s Jazz Forum, and it allowed us to present “Live Jazz in the Neighborhoods” in Philadelphia. At that event, Melba Liston suggested our Honoree and was our presenter. Curly Russell was our MC, and so many wonderful jazz fans turned out to support our efforts. The musicians of course were gracious and supportive with their time and their music.

We celebrated and remembered Wilbur Ware in 2012 at Merkin Hall-Kaufman Center after we had reorganized and gained authority to operate in New York State. Although it was not done to raise funds, it did provide an opportunity to enjoy wonderful music by those who always encourage our efforts and to announce our first CD “Wilbur Ware Superbass” that is still available here on our website, at CD Baby, Amazon, and everywhere online where music is sold. Whenever you purchase on Amazon, use Amazon Smile and contribute to our nonprofit.
Our 2015 Honoree: Bob Cranshaw for his Lifetime of Musical Achievement

Our lineup for this weekend event:

Friday, November 13, 2015

Juini Booth Quartet
Pasquale Grasso, guitar
Donald Smith, piano
Leroy Williams, drums
with Special Guests
Wallace Roney, trumpet/Kojo Odu Roney, drums
Roberta Piket, piano

Saturday, November 14, 2015

George Coleman, tenor (NEA Jazz Master)
Harold Mabern, piano
Eric Alexander, tenor
John Webber, bass
Joe Farnsworth, drums
with Special Guests
Charles Davis, tenor
Bertha Hope, piano

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Louis Hayes/Dezron Douglas Quartet
with Special Guests
Steve Davis, trombone
Josh Evans, trumpet
Jeremy Pelt, trumpet
Camille Thurman, tenor saxophone
Michael Weiss, piano
Anthony Wonsey, piano
Glenn Zaleski, piano 

For more information visit Wilbur Ware Institute