WILBUR WARE WEEKEND, November 13 – 15, 2015: Celebration & FUNDRAISER

by gloria

We are excited about our upcoming Fundraiser: Wilbur Ware Weekend at a new venue, Cassandra’s Jazz Club and Gallery. Dr. Dwight and Cassandra Dickerson have chosen to open in Historic Harlem, 2256 Seventh Avenue (Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard), near 133rd Street. We look forward to this celebration, and invite you all to join us!


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Our first musical weekend was in 1979 right after Wilbur passed. Galvanized by Clifford and Sandy Jordan, musicians came together in New York (and Chicago) to support and encourage us.  As you see, the WILBUR WARE WEEKEND was held at the Tin Palace in NYC. (The Chicago effort was organized by Wilbur and Valarie Campbell at Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase.) The second effort was in 1981 at Mark Morganelli’s Jazz Forum, and it allowed us to present “Live Jazz in the Neighborhoods” in Philadelphia. At that event, Melba Liston suggested our Honoree and was our presenter. Curly Russell was our MC, and so many wonderful jazz fans turned out to support our efforts. The musicians of course were gracious and supportive with their time and their music.


We celebrated and remembered Wilbur Ware in 2012 at Merkin Hall-Kaufman Center after we had reorganized and gained authority to operate in New York State. Although it was not done to raise funds, it did provide an opportunity to enjoy wonderful music by those who always encourage our efforts and to announce our first CD “Wilbur Ware Superbass” that is still available here on our website, at CD Baby, Amazon, and everywhere online where music is sold. Whenever you purchase on Amazon, use Amazon Smile and contribute to our nonprofit.

Our 2015 Honoree: Bob Cranshaw for his Lifetime of Musical Achievement

Our lineup for this weekend event:

Friday, November 13, 2015

Juini Booth Quartet

Pasquale Grasso, guitar

Donald Smith, piano

Leroy Williams, drums

with Special Guests

Wallace Roney, trumpet/Kojo Odu Roney, drums

Roberta Piket, piano

Saturday, November 14, 2015

George Coleman, tenor (NEA Jazz Master)

Harold Mabern, piano

Eric Alexander, tenor

John Webber, bass

Joe Farnsworth, drums

with Special Guests

Arturo O’Farrill

Andy Bey

Charles Davis, tenor

Bertha Hope, piano

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Louis Hayes/Dezron Douglas Quartet

with Special Guests

Steve Davis, trombone

Josh Evans, trumpet

Jeremy Pelt, trumpet

Camille Thurman, tenor saxophone

Michael Weiss, piano

Anthony Wonsey, piano

Glenn Zaleski, piano


DJs: Rob Crocker, WBGO (Friday and Sunday); Sharif Abdus-Salaam, WKCR (Saturday)


DDQ: Dwight Dickerson, piano; Ron McClure or Lisle Atkinson, bass; Greg Bandy, drums; T. K. Blue, alto; Michael C. Lewis, trumpet (for this event).

We look forward to your presence!


Kindly donate in the following ways: (1) You may use the DONATE button here on the website. As you know, PayPal accepts credit cards by default. There you may indicate FUNDRAISER to show how you want the contribution used. AND remember that it’s tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. (2) You may mail a check: Wilbur Ware Institute, Inc., 620 Malcolm X Boulevard, Ste. 4P, New York, NY 10037-1223. (3) You may donate at the door. We will have t-shirts and CDs there as well. Thanks so much.


At the Door: DONATION $25 per set


$45 – two nights                    $65 – three nights                Seniors/Students $18


Cassandra’s has a two-drink minimum.



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