Jazz at Lincoln Center Names First Inductees to Jazz Hall of Fame

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Jazz at Lincoln Center will induct 14 jazz greats tonight into its newly created Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, part of the new Frederick P. Rose Hall on New York's Columbus Circle.

The musicians to be inducted, announced today, are trumpeter Louis Armstrong, clarinetist Sidney Bechet, cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, vocalist Billie Holiday, pianist Thelonious Monk, pianist Jelly Roll Morton, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, pianist Art Tatum, and tenor saxophonist Lester Young.

A 72-person panel of jazz musicians, scholars, and teachers from around the world selected the inductees.

"The greatest artists speak across epochs of the undying soul that distinguishes man from everything else in creation," trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, said in a statement. "These 14 men and women are the embodiment of the very best in American culture. Their creations will stand for all time as a testament to the richness of our way of living. We're proud to provide the world with a place to celebrate and reflect upon their great achievements."

Starting on October 21, the inductees will be featured in a multimedia gallery space at Rose Hall, open to the public during the day and to ticket holders during concerts. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center's $128 million home, opens with a gala event on October 18.

The Hall of Fame is named for the late Nesuhi Ertegun, one of the founders of Atlantic Records, which released records by Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Charles Mingus, among other important jazz figures. Ertegun's brother and partner, Ahmet, is on the board of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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