Stanley Jordan to do Benefit to Support Music Therapy for Veterans

FAMED GUITARIST STANLEY JORDAN BRINGS HIS MAGIC TO NEW YORK’S MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM FOR WAR VETERANS, “HEALING OUR HEROES,” IN JUNE WITH BENEFIT CONCERT AT IRIDIUM AND THERAPY PROGRAM AT WESTCHESTER CONSERVATORY

New York, NY May 21, 2014 - Four- time Grammy nominee Stanley Jordan offers his heroic guitar prowess to celebrate the heroism of our veterans when he returns to the Iridium in June with his trio, alongside Charnett Moffett and Kenwood Dennard. The Stanley Jordan trio will play the Iridium Club at 1650 Broadway, NYC, for nine shows on three nights, opening with a special benefit Concert on Thursday, June 26 at 8:30 PM. for the Westchester Conservatory’s “Healing Our Heroes” program. The opportunity to work with the Conservatory’s music therapy program for war veterans is an opportunity that Jordan has embraced as he takes his career to the next level and brings into his latest work over a decade of study and practice in Music Therapy.

“I am overjoyed to be able to merge my keen interest in music therapy with a return to the Iridium venue, and to have the opportunity to both perform for, and also work directly with the veterans in the Conservatory’s impressive and effective program,” says Jordan.

Tickets to the benefit concert are priced at $150 for best seats, meet and greet with photo-op, free drink and signed CD or at $100 for premium seats, free drink and CD, with proceeds going to the veterans’ program. Tickets are available by calling (212) 582-2121 or here: http://theiridium.com/events/2172/stanley-jordan-performs-benefit-to-sup...

The day before the benefit, at 11:30 AM on June 25, Jordan will join the Music Conservatory of Westchester's music therapist faculty in a gathering that will bring together all of the veterans who have been participating in the Conservatory's "Healing Our Heroes" music therapy program. This event, to which veterans’ families will also be invited, will be a celebration of community through music. Stanley will lead the group in improvising music and playing songs chosen by the veterans.

In September, 2013 the Music Conservatory of Westchester launched this initiative for United States military Veterans they named “Healing our Heroes,” providing music therapy and related music instruction for local war veterans who are dealing with combat-related injuries. The goal is to provide exceptional music therapy services and music opportunities, to restore, support and improve the physical, emotional, and neurologic functioning of wounded veterans, and to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. To identify participants for the “Healing Our Heroes” program, the Conservatory is working closely with local VA Hospitals and veteran centers. Through the support of individuals, corporations and ongoing fundraising, the Conservatory is providing the program to veterans at no cost to them.

Says Joel Breitkopf, who launched the “Healing Our Heroes” program, “It is an honor to be able to help the brave men and women of our armed services with music therapy. These folks have sacrificed so much for our country. We are so thankful that Stanley Jordan has dedicated this show to support the Healing our Heroes Veteran's program. Stanley's unique, soulful and spirited approach to jazz is analogous to the type of assistance that our returning Veterans need as they heal physically and emotionally from their own unique war experiences.”
Since his blockbuster debut with the gold-selling Grammy-nominated album “Magic Touch,” guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected. His next album on Mack Avenue Records, recorded together with Kevin Eubanks, is slated for release this fall.

Stanley is committed to music as an artistic, spiritual, and even health-promoting endeavor. He has been immersed for more than a decade in music therapy, towards which he is now working for a master’s degree at Arizona State University. His involvement with music therapy leads him to do outreach in schools, hospitals and other venues wherever he tours. He is an artist-spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association, and he has done numerous lectures and demonstrations on the healing applications of music.

Jordan has had a jam-packed year on tour, at SXSW, and in the media. Check out his recent appearances here:

MARCH 28 TAVIS SMILEY SHOW APPEARANCE
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/stanley-jordan/?show=20831

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST 2014 SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE
http://new.livestream.com/accounts/268713/sxsw

This past March on KUT Radio (NPR affiliate) in Austin during SXSW:
http://kutx.org/musicarchive/stanley-jordan-at-kutx-3-11-14-2-p-m-2

Last fall on WNYC’s “Sound Check”:
http://soundcheck.wnyc.org/2013/sep/17/stanley-jordan-in-studio/

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