NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A special jazz concert event to honor a pioneer will hit the stage at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
The 40 Years of Jazz “Fame” Concert is being held to honor Justin DiDioccio, who started the school’s jazz program more than 30 years ago and helped lay the framework for all other high school jazz programs.
The concert will feature dozens of well-known jazz musicians, including John Pizzarelli. Pizzarelli is also a LaGuardia parent.
“It really is a one-of-a-kind event because we’re getting together to raise money for the arts programs there and things like that and these musicians have never really played together so – I’m looking forward to it because I’m getting to see…a lot of people get together and make great jazz music,” Pizzarelli told CBS 2’s Don Dahler.
Pizzarelli will perform in the concert, along with musicians like Marcus Miller and Jimmy Owens.
The concert is being put on by the Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School.
“LaGuardia has a long legacy in jazz,” said Barbara Engel with the alumni group. “Getting 38 of this caliber jazz musicians on one stage for one night is extraordinary.”
The concert will be Monday, Jan. 28 at LaGuardia High School.
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