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Saugus resident to be honored

Posted: September 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Roger Neumann, jazz saxophonist/composer/arranger and educator, will receive the L.A. Jazz Society’s 29th Annual Jazz Tribute Awards & Concert “Jazz Educator Award” on Oct. 21.

Neumann, a Saugus resident has been with the Bill Green Mentorship Program for 12 years as a Workshop Leader, mentor/teacher of reed instrument students, and does musical arrangements for the group bands.

He is also involved in Jazz America and several teaching programs in his home state of Iowa.

Neumann is a top arranger and was presented with the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s Composer/Arranger Tribute Award in 2002.

Neumann will receive his honor at the awards dinner and concert which will begin at 4:30 p.m., at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City.

Wayne Shorter, multiple Grammy Award winner, saxophonist and composer, is the 2012 Jazz Tribute Honoree.

Leonard Maltin will host the evening’s festivities and Herbie Hancock is this year’s Honorary Chairman.

The 2012 Jazz Tribute awardees include Lifetime Achievement Award recipient John Pisano, Lifetime Composer/Arranger Award recipient Gordon Goodwin, Jazz Vocalist Award recipient Denise Donatelli, David L. Abell Angel Award recipient Jim Barrall, Jazz Educator Award recipients Roger Neumann and Scott Whitfield, Teri Merrill-Aarons Founder Award recipient Terence Love, and Shelly Manne Memorial New Talent Award recipient Jamael Dana Dean. The Jazz Tribute also includes special guests, Jeff Hamilton, Larry Hathaway and Barbara Morrison.

Guests will enjoy a reception, silent auction, dinner, awards ceremony and a special live concert with the honorees.

The concert portion of the special evening will feature performances by Wayne Shorter & friends, John Pisano Trio, Denise Donatelli Trio, and Jamael Dean Dana Trio. Concert only tickets are also available.

The Annual Jazz Tribute Awards Dinner & Concert was established to recognize and honor Los Angeles based artists for their contributions in furthering the art form of jazz. This major fund-raising event attracts musicians and jazz lovers from all over Southern California and supports the general operations of the organization and its education programs.

Tickets to the 29th Annual Jazz Tribute Awards Dinner & Concert are $200 to $250 per person; individual and corporate sponsorship tables are available from $1,000 to $10,000.

Concert only tickets are $75. For tickets, additional information, to join the Los Angeles Jazz Society, or to make a donation to help support its educational outreach efforts, visit or call 818-994-4661.


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