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Loyola president receives MLK Jr. Jazz Award

January 13, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., and six other community members will be recognized as exemplifying the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision at an awards ceremony at the Royal Sonesta Hotel this Sunday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. Irvin Mayfield will present the recipients with the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Jazz Award in his Jazz Playhouse within the hotel.

In addition to Wildes, Sunday’s ceremony will recognize Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Orleans Parish sheriff; Wm. Raymond Manning, president and CEO of Manning Architects; Bill Summers, master percussionist; Jim Singleton, chairman of the Dryades YMCA; Dwight Payne, director of VIP Services for the House of Blues; and Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Jazz Award honors individuals who have contributed to enriching their community, advancing cultural awareness through music and art, and furthering economic opportunity while adhering to the principals of non-violence. Immediately following the awards presentation, the honorees and the public are invited to enjoy a special performance of Tyler’s Revisited, featuring jazz vocalist Germaine Bazzle and pianist Paul Longstreth. The performance begins promptly at 7 p.m.

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