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Date Released: 10/17/2005

The center, at Beth Israel Medical Center, is an expansion of the hospital's decade-old Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program and will provide music therapy to complement medical treatment, primarily for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Jon Faddis is artist-in-residence in the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music and director of Jazz Performance. He has served as musical director of the Carnegie Hall Centennial Jazz Band and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He is currently director of the Jon Faddis Orchestra. A protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, he has performed with jazz greats from Charles Mingus and Gillespie, to Sarah Vaughan, Eubie Blake and Gil Evans and Count Basie’s Big Bands. In 2002 the National Arts Club presented him with the distinguished Jazz Medal of Honor. Clark Terry received an honorary degree from Purchase College in 2004. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest musicians, he is known for his exceptional prowess on trumpet and flugelhorn in a professional career that spans over sixty years. He was the first African-American staff musician for NBC Television and has hundreds of recording credits to his name, with not only his own groups but Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie. Other master trumpeters and composers, including Jon Faddis and Quincy Jones, credit Mr. Terry for his formative influences on their own careers and creativity.