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LOUIS ARMSTRONG CENTER FOR MUSIC & MEDICINE CELEBRATES
“A MORE WONDERFUL WORLD"

 

Sept 25- One Song One Life was very excited to partake in being at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine of Beth Israel Medical Center for an annual celebration of music legends on Tuesday, September 25. Among the evening’s honorees and recipients of “The More Wonderful World” Awards are philanthropist Geri Fessler, Founder, Heather on Earth Music Foundation; Phoebe Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation; and music legend Joe Wilder, a jazz performer extraordinaire. The Broadway cast of “The Fantasticks” headlined the celebration which also featured a silent auction. One Song One Life documented the incredible event, as well as interviewed Phoebe Jacobs’s honoree, music legend Joe Wilder, Jon Faddis and Jackie Harris, who is one of Phoebe Jacobs close associates. The essence and magic of music, and its healing qualities were eloquently represented this evening, as renowned trumpet artist Jon Faddis and pianist David Hazeltine joined Mr. Wilder for a very special musical highlight. It was electrifying when Jon was playing his trumpet and really captured the essence of the evening’s message. When Jon Faddis sang “It’s A Beautiful World,” Andrew Kaen, with One Song One Life, who was photographing the event, felt like Louis Armstrong was there singing. It was a golden moment, as well as when legend Joe Wilder was given the trumpet from Jon Faddis and played it with exuberance. It was an amazing moment. At first, Mr. Wilder was reluctant to take the instrument because he wasn’t sure he would be able to play it, with the mouth piece. When we interviewed him later, off camera, he mentioned that he was at ease with the mouth piece, which worked very well with him and that surprised him and make him very pleased. The common theme that was mentioned in our interviews was how music really helps bring people together. Jackie Harris, when interviewed, mentioned that she escaped New Orleans the day before Katrina happened, and she talked about how music helped heal the traumas that happened after the biggest tragedy to hit our country since 9/11.

 

New Orleans has always played an integral part to jazz, and one could only imagine the impact it had post-Katrina. Joe Wilder and Jon Faddis also discussed how jazz has been a powerful outlet for people.
The honorees and recipients included:
Phoebe Jacobs, who has earned a distinct reputation as a publicist and friend who nurtured the careers of towering musical giants like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman, Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, among many jazz luminaries; Geri Fessler, whose Heather on Earth Music Foundation supports projects like that of the Armstrong Center’s research which is studying the effects of music on infants being cared for in eight U.S. neonatal intensive care units; and Joe Wilder, who has been heralded as a “true living legend on trumpet.” A veteran of renowned orchestras and big bands, he is the sole surviving member of the Count Basie All-Star Orchestra featured in the 1959 film classic, “The Sound of Jazz.”

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