James Jabbo Ware and the Me We & Them Orchestra

Dear Friends: Please join James Jabbo Ware, The Me We & Them Orchestra and Y’All of NY in honoring Jimmy Owens at the Sixth Annual Family and Friends Awards Concert.

Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Living Room at St. Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street
Tickets: $20/$10 seniors and students w/ valid ID
Reservations: 212-874-4448

We are pleased to announce that the Y’All of New York Family will be honoring the long time friend and supporter of MWTO, Jimmy Owens. Jimmy possesses a singular sound and sensibility on the trumpet and flugelhorn. He is also an accomplished improviser, composer, arranger, lecturer and educator. As a performer, Jimmy has anchored brass sections for such seminal ensembles as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and Charles Mingus. His abiding concern for the well-being of musicians and the music have fueled a lifetime of activism and organizing. A founding member and music director of the Collective Black Artists group, he has served on the National Endowment for the Arts. He was also a co-founder of The Jazz Musician’s Emergency Fund. Jimmy recently started his own record label, Jay-Oh Jazz, an outgrowth of his production company Jay-Oh Productions.

We will honor Jimmy Owens on Saturday, October 24, 2009, at the Living Room at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue on 54th Street. A reception for donors, the board, musicians, and other special guests will begin at 7:30 PM. The concert is at 8:15 PM. While tickets to the concert can be purchased at the door, we hope that you will become a donor and come celebrate with us at the reception.