Ron Carter, Jimmy Owens, Joe Lovano, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dave Liebman, Fred Hersch, Bertha Hope, Bernard Purdie, Bob Cranshaw, Jason Moran, Randy Weston, Janet Lawson, Wycliffe Gordon, Kenny Davis, Dr. Larry Ridley, Gene Perla, Rufus Reid, Andrew Lamb, Seth MacFarlane, James Spaulding, Phil Woods, David Amram, Ed MacEachen, Butch Miles, Charli Persip, Carline Ray, Junior Mance, Charles Tolliver, Keisha St. Joan, Regina Carter, James Carter, Judi Silvano, Papo Vasquez, Paquito D’ Rivera, Chris Walden, Tom “Bones” Malone, Lou Donaldson, Billy Kaye, Roy Campbell, Harold Mabern, Dr. Lewis Porter, Mala Waldron, Michael Abene, Gaudencio Thiago de Mello, “Sweet” Sue Terry, Lakecia Benjamin, Bobby Sanabria, Ron Jackson, Steven Bernstein, Douglas Purviance, Ras Moshe, Patience Higgins, James Chirillo, Saul Rubin, Bobby Shankin, Bill Kirchner, Jay Leonhart, Rachel Z, and Christian McBride. MUSICIANS IN MEMORIAM: Hank Jones, Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Powell.
Jazz Foundation of America, Andy Kirk Research Foundation, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, Jazz Bridge
New School Jazz Department Faculty Committee, Rutgers University-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research, The Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia
Writers and Journalists
Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Gary Giddins, Nat Hentoff, Dan Morgenstern, John Chilton, Dr. Judith Schlesinger
NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-3, Manhattan), NY City Council Member Diana Reyna (D-34, Brooklyn), NY City Council Member Jessica Lappin (D-5, Manhattan), NY City Council Member Charles Barron (D-42, Brooklyn), NY City Council Member Rosie Mendez (D-2, Manhattan), NY State Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried (D-75th Assembly District), The Honorable David N. Dinkins, 106th Mayor of NY City
Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Executive Director, Jazz Ministry at St. Peter’s Church, Amandus J. Derr, Senior Pastor
New York Central Labor Council, American Federation of Musicians, Ray Hair – President; Sam Folio – Secretary-Treasurer, Local 802 – Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 Jazz Advisory Committee, Local 802 Theater Committee, NY State United Teachers, CUNY Professional Staff Congress, Actor’s Equity Association