Woodlawn Cemetery Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

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In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, Woodlawn Cemetery offers tours of famous jazz artists interred at the cemetery.

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New York City's most unusual museum is not on Fifth Avenue or Madison Avenue, but on 400 acres of beautifully landscaped land at Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street in the Bronx" --Jane L. Levere, The New York Times

Woodlawn Cemetery, the final resting place of some of the world’s most notable jazz artists, is the ideal place to explore in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. Opened in 1863, Woodlawn is the final resting place for many notable jazz legacies buried there, such as Roy Campbell, Jr., Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet, Florence Mills, Harry Herbert Pace, Clark Terry, Johnny Windhurst and so many more. Jazz pioneers King Oliver, W.C. Handy and members of the James Reese Europe band also chose Woodlawn in their time of need. Sculptures, marble monuments and granite grave markers grace the grounds of Woodlawn Cemetery commemorating the lives of some of the great performers of the era, like Irene and Vernon Castle and Bert Williams,

A visit to Woodlawn’s “Jazz Corner” will not disappoint. This is where the maestro, Duke Ellington, is at rest. Nearby, visitors find Miles Davis’ song “Solar” etched on his memorial and high on the neighboring hill etched in black granite is an image of Jackie McLean playing the saxophone. A monument to swing dancer Frankie Manning performing the Lindy Hop keeps company with Max Roach, Be Bop drummer, and Lionel Hampton, “King of the Vibes.”

The cemetery offers programs, performances and tours. As a part of the national celebration of Jazz Appreciation month, pay tribute to those who changed lives and taught us how to swing. Visitors can schedule private tours for groups and can arrange them by contacting Barbara Selesky at 718-408-5652. If an intimate, private tour is more appealing, download The Woodlawn Cemetery Mobile App for self-guided tours which include the Jazz Musician's Tour and the popular Women's History Tour and Black History Tour. Other available tours include the Artists and Architects; Civil War; and Eat, Drink and Be Merry, to name a few.

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Founded in 1863 and located in the Bronx, Woodlawn Cemetery is over 150 years old. Still an active cemetery with new development ongoing, it is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City and is a designated National Historic Landmark. Woodlawn Cemetery is the final resting place of many persons of note. Celebrated lot owners include artists, religious leaders, writers, business moguls, civic leaders, entertainers, diplomats, jazz musicians, suffragists and more.

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