The auction takes place at B.B. King's Blues Club on 42nd Street in Manhattan starting at 7 p.m.
The Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, which has helped elderly and poverty-stricken musicians for 16 years, has stepped up its efforts since Hurricane Katrina left many of New Orleans' musicians homeless and lacking instruments and employment.
Among the items to be auctioned are Frank Foster's saxophone, Clark Terry's cornet, a painting by saxophonist Ornette Coleman, a B‹sendorfer piano played at the Blue Note club, and drumsticks used by Buddy Rich, Roy Haynes, and Louie Bellson. Also up for auction are lessons from pianist Billy Taylor, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, saxophonist Joe Lovano, and guitarist Danny Kalb; a stay at the Palais Schaumburg in Salzburg, Austria; and a limo trip to Harlem jazz clubs with a Harlem musician.
For more information, visit www.jazzfoundation.org.