Autumn Eve, a Tribute to Woody Herman, is a celebration of the great American art form, the Jazz Big Band, and a tribute to one of its outstanding contributors and enduring band leaders, the late Woody Herman.
The purpose of this tribute is to honor the life and achievements of Woody Herman and to provide a unique venue that will help to introduce a greater awareness and appreciation of this genre of music to a new generation while raising funds for jazz education programs in the United States and abroad.
The pristine Douglas Fairbanks Gardens inside the historic Hollywood Forever Grounds (where Woody is laid to rest) will provide the setting for one of the great reunion concerts featuring the Woody Herman Orchestra, many of the alumni from Woody's Herds of the 40's, 50's, 60's to the present, an all star student orchestra, and special guests. On October 19th, an intimate torch-lit evening will await a specially invited audience of about 3,000. The palm trees and water features surrounding the Fairbanks Gardens will be illuminated by architectural lighting of autumn colors and the grounds with hundreds of torches, providing an atmosphere reminiscent of the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub and MTV Unplugged. This intimate concert in such a unique Hollywood setting will ensure tremendous TV and press coverage and guaranteed publicity to reach a much broader audience.
Our goal is to create a series of Autumn Eve Concerts that highlight artists who are interred at Hollywood Forever and those who are strongly related to their causes. Each concert would be designed to reinforce the broader goals of music education, especially in the U.S. Proceeds from this non-profit event will go to two worthwhile organizations, the International Association of Jazz Education and Jazz America. Both of these organizations have mandates supporting programs that Woody Herman was dedicated to during his life, more specifically, the pursuit of jazz education at the high school and college levels.
Jazz... the true American art form. Jazz... The great American ambassador that has crossed all cultural and language barriers and has represented our country so well can only be kept alive and passed on to future generations through events like Autumn Eve made possible by corporate and individual sponsorships. It is hoped that you will join a diverse range of sponsors that are becoming involved in improving jazz education both in the United States and in the international community.