Dr. Frank Foster, former Director of the Count Basie Orchestra and two- time Grammy recipient, is also the Director of “The Break A Glass Foundation” (an non-profit organization that presents music scholarships for worthy young jazz musicians).
Dr. Foster donated one of his personal saxophones to the Foundation. The donation was to help raise money for the scholarship fund. It was placed in a silent auction and sold, meeting the scholarship goal for 2008. The idea of auctioning a famous performer’s instrument was such a success that in 2009 Frank decided to contact a few friends and ask if they might donate a personal instrument. The first to reply was Wynton Marsalis.
Wynton Marsalis donated one of his personal trumpets; engraved and signed. It was auctioned and sold successfully to jazz musician Dave Adams. Dave Adams generously donated the Wynton Marsalis Trumpet to the Telluride Jazz Celebration (TJC) in the name of the “Young Razzcals Jazz Project.”
The young Razzcals have appeared many times at the Telluride Jazz Celebration. The Young Razzcals, formed in 1992 by Music Director Dave Adams, from a series of jam sessions for high school musicians, the Young Razzcals Jazz Project introduces the voices of tomorrow to the classics of the past. Audiences everywhere are amazed by the energy and improvisation of this fresh perspective on Jazz.
Proceeds from this auction will support Telluride Jazz Celebration’s Music Education and Community Outreach Programs. Telluride Jazz Celebration has increased their participation with the area youth by providing hands on year-round programs for kids of all ages to participate in. For more information please visit our “Educational Programs” page on www.telluridejazz.org.