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Jazz Legacy Foundation ‘Decade of Excellence Part I’ Gala Coming to the HRCC


The Jazz Legacy Foundation will be kicking off its 10-year anniversary with a series of star-studded festivities this month. The ‘Decade of Excellence Part I’ Weekend Gala will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center from June 10-12. Attendees can enjoy smooth jazz while helping to forge community partnerships that preserve and promote this unique musical genre. 

The celebration begins with an opening night extravaganza on June 10 that includes hors d’oeuvres and a beverage ticket for VIP guests. Special performances by Marcus Miller, Marcus Anderson with CeeLo Green, Regina Belle, Hiroshima, Gregory Porter, Marion Meadows and many more will be taking place throughout the three-day event series. An all-white affair will be hosted on June 11 and the series will conclude with performances by Richard Elliot, Keiko Matsui & Kirk Whalum, and Marcus Johnson with Raheem DeVaughn as well as special guest Lori Williams on June 12.

Jazz Legacy Foundation’s mission is to ‘transform lives through charitable support by way of educational scholarships, creative arts, leadership development, mentoring, workshops, and community partnerships.’ According to their website, these efforts help to enhance the ‘appreciation and preservation of the Art of Jazz, America’s only true original art form.’  The foundation will also be hosting a continuation of the series entitled ‘Decade of Excellence Part II’ in November that will include performances by Najee, Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osborne, War, Will Downing and others. 

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase, visit jazzlegacyfoundation.org

Schedule of Events

Decade of Excellence Part I Weekend Gala
June 10; 5:00 p.m.
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Special Performances: Marcus Miller, Hiroshima, Marcus Anderson and CeeLo Green, Jazz Legacy Uncut: Adrian Crutchfield-BK Jackson & Special Guest

Decade of Excellence Part I Weekend Gala
An All-White Affair
June 11; 5:00 p.m.
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Special Performances: Gregory Porter, Regina Belle, Paul Taylor-Jackiem Joyner-Adam Hawley, Alex Bugnon and Marion Meadows

Decade of Excellence Part I Weekend Gala
June 12; 3:00 p.m.
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Special Performances: Richard Elliot, Keiko Matsui & Kirk Whalum, Marcus Johnson w/ Raheem DeVaughn – Special Guest Lori Williams, J&J Feat. Jeanette Harris & JJ Sansaverino