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Jazz Interlude at MOMA Honors Dr. Camille O. Cosby

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Museum of Modern Art
www.moma.org
11 West 53rd Street
NY, NY 10019
212.708.9431

Jazz Interlude:
Honoring Dr. Camille O. Cosby
Sherry Bronfman, Jazz Interlude Chairman

Featuring: Geri Allen on Piano, Terri Lyne Carrington on Drums,
Jimmy Heath on Saxophone, Charnett Moffett on Bass,
Lizz Wright on Vocals

Produced by George T. Wein
Benefit for The Friends of Education Fund
Stuart W. Lewis, Chairman, The Friends of Education


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 14, 2006


(See December 7, 2004 Jazz Interlude Review.)

Camille Cosby was tonight’s Museum of Modern Art honoree in its fourth Jazz Interlude concert to benefit MOMA’s Friends of Education fund, an affiliate group to raise funds to purchase African American art and to attract African American audiences. Dr. Camille O. Cosby, wife of television and film entertainer, Bill Cosby, is a producer and educator. She co-produced Having Our Say on Broadway, which inspired an award-winning television film. Dr. Cosby is currently collaborating on a play about Pearl Bailey and has been executive producer of many documentary film projects. (Assisted by Gala Notes.)

After a lovely Pre-Concert reception, amidst MOMA’s fine paintings and sculptures, the invited Gala guests gathered in a lower level auditorium for the jazz concert, preceded by important remarks from organizers of this Gala and officers of MOMA, such as Stuart W. Lewis, Chairman, The Friends of Education, Sherry B. Bronfman, Chairman, Jazz Interlude 2006, and George Wein, Jazz Interlude Producer. The intermission-less jazz concert, with pianist, Geri Allen, drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington, saxophonist, Jimmy Heath, bassist, Charnett Moffett, and vocalist, Lizz Wright, was brimming with class and energy. “There Will Never Be Another You” opened the concert, with Geri Allen’s driven piano riffs, backed by drums, bass, and sax. The next song, “Our Lady”, a tribute to Camille Cosby, was composed by Geri Allen. The drums were powerful and possessed, and Jimmy Heath’s seasoned and soaring sax sang true to form. (See Jimmy Heath at Jazz at Lincoln Center.) Geri Allen’s solo was elegant and smooth, with a steady rhythm in conversation with Charnett Moffett on bass.

“I’m Glad There Is You” brought out Lizz Wright, with her sensuous and impassioned voice. “Jazz Is” picked up the beat to a scintillating swing, as Terri Lyne Carrington provided a kicking percussive beat. “Daydream” found Jimmy Heath switching tenor sax to soprano, with the effect of muted trumpet, while Charnett Moffett’s bass added depth. “Gem”, by Charnett Moffett, was a good composition, with a straight jazz style and hard-driving drums. The bass-drum duet proved quite engaging, as Moffett’s bass riff turned atonal and inventive. When Lizz Wright returned, the audience showed appreciation, after “Here’s to Life, Here’s to You”. The finale, “Let’s Fall in Love”, showcased Jimmy Heath, a renowned, long-time great, on tenor sax. Repetitive refrains resounded in red, hot swing.

Kudos to the musicians and to Dr. Camille O. Cosby for her fine contribution to the arts and to society. Kudos to MOMA’s Friends of Education for their commendable mission and dedicated work. Kudos to Ms. Bronfman for this wonderful reception and concert. Stop by the newly expanded and renovated MOMA at 11 West 53rd Street, NYC, between 5th and 6th Avenues. And, allow a good deal of time to explore the galleries and exhibits.



MOMA Jazz Interlude Dinner Tables
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Jazz Interlude Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Jazz Interlude Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Jazz Interlude Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Jazz Interlude Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Jazz Interlude Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Jazz Interlude Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Bill Cosby at the Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Bill Cosby and Camille Cosby
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Bill Cosby at the Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Jazz Interlude Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Bill Cosby at the Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Camille Cosby at the Cocktail Reception
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Sherry Bronfman, Chairman, Jazz Interlude, and Stuart Lewis, Chairman, Friends of Education
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



George Wein, Producer, Jazz Interlude
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Charnett Moffett, bassist
Photo courtesy of Keith Smith. (c) The Museum of Modern Art, New York



Charnett Moffett, bassist and Lizz Wright, vocalist
Photo courtesy of Keith Smith. (c) The Museum of Modern Art, New York



Charnett Moffett, bassist and Terri Lyne Carrington, drummer
Photo courtesy of Keith Smith. (c) The Museum of Modern Art, New York



Jimmy Heath, saxophonist
Photo courtesy of Keith Smith. (c) The Museum of Modern Art, New York



Jimmy Heath, saxophonist and Charnett Moffett, bassist
Photo courtesy of Keith Smith. (c) The Museum of Modern Art, New York



Lizz Wright, vocalist
Photo courtesy of Keith Smith. (c) The Museum of Modern Art, New York



Terri Lyne Carrington, drummer
Photo courtesy of Keith Smith. (c) The Museum of Modern Art, New York





For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net