Benefit concert to honor UCLA jazz legend Kenny Burrell for his 85th birthday (via UCLA)

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music with Friends of Jazz at UCLA will stage a benefit concert to honor Kenny Burrell, distinguished professor and director of jazz studies at UCLA. The concert program features new original works by Burrell, and a new work by composer Lalo Schifrin that will be performed by the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited and the UCLA Philharmonia under the direction of conductor Neal Stulberg.

The “Kenny Burrell 85: Artist, Legend, Legacy” concert will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in Royce Hall. It will include Burrell’s heartfelt tribute to Billie Holiday, the great American jazz musician and singer-songwriter. The evening closes with “Love Suite” for full orchestra, choir and strings with Burrell on guitar.

In Burrell’s honor UCLA will establish the Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies. The Herb Alpert Foundation has given the lead gift of $500,000 toward establishing this chair, which will provide resources for student scholarships, faculty programs and performances in jazz studies.

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