April is Jazz Appreciation Month and in celebration, the NYC-based the Jazz Journalists Association has announced the 24 recipients of the Jazz Hero Award, including the Local 518’s longtime Queen of Piano Jazz, Lee Shaw.
The 88-year-old pianist – who suffered a life-threatening heart attack and stroke just a couple of months ago – is planning to be on hand to receive the award at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady at 2:30pm on Sunday (April 12).
GO HERE to read more about Shaw from the Jazz Journalists Association.
The award ceremony is the centerpiece of Sunday’s free, day-long celebration of jazz from 2:30-6pm at Proctors.
Following the presentation, Shaw will also be honored with the world premiere screening of “Lee’s 88 Keys,” a documentary about her life by Saugerties-based filmmaker Susan Robbins. Says Robbins, “For me, music has always represented both love and healing. Lee’s life exemplifies these traits. Her talent, intellect, charm and passion for life, people and music are infectious. Lee is also an exceptional role model. The world needs more great role models. It needs more love and more healing, and the world should to know more about Lee Shaw on a grand scale.”
Wrapping up the day’s festivities, the Schenectady Musicians Union’s Jazz Appreciation Month Jam will follow the screening at 4pm in Proctors’ Robb Alley with performances by several acclaimed Local 518 jazz artists including the Keith Pray Quartet and Michael Benedict & Bopitude with special guest baritone saxman Gary Smulyan.