Foundation makes $1 million gift to Jazz

The Ammon Foundation has made a $1 million gift to Jazz at Lincoln Center and will name its archives and library after the late R. Theodore Ammon.

“We are grateful to Greg Ammon for this incredibly generous gift in honor of his father,” said Wynton Marsalis, managing and artistic director. “Ted was a personal friend and deeply committed leader for Jazz at Lincoln Center at a pivotal time in our history.”

“My father’s deep commitment to Jazz at Lincoln Center inspired my sister Alexa and I to continue his legacy with this naming gift for the preservation and perpetuation of the music he loved so much,” said Greg Ammon, president and CEO of Uneac Entertainment.

Jazz at Lincoln Center will host a ribbon cutting on Nov. 15 for The Ammon Archives and Music Library, followed by the New York City film premiere of Ammon’s documentary, “59 Middle Lane.”

The archive and music library includes 3,600 pieces of printed music, 27,000 jazz CDs, recordings of concert productions from the organizations 25-year history, over 700 recordings from the radio series “Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio with Wendell Pierce,” and recordings of the radio show broadcasts “Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center” and “A Night At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola”

Ammon is the producer and director of “59 Middle Lane,” which documents his personal journey as the adopted son of murdered financier Ted Ammon.

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