FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Chicago Academy of Music Celebrates Phil Cohran's 90th Birthday


Chicago, IL (May 2, 2017): On May 8th, 2017, Kelan Phil Cohran will turn 90 years old. To celebrate the life and creativity of this legendary performer, the Jazz Foundation and the Chicago Academy of Music (CAM) are teaming up to honor Cohran on his 90th birthday with a Lifetime Achievement Award “for his outstanding contributions in creative music as well as his tireless efforts as an educator and arts activist.”

Cohran was a founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) and contributed trumpet with the Sun Ra Arkestra in the late 50s and early 60s. He was also the founder and director of the Afro Arts Theater and the African Heritage Ensemble.

By presenting this award, the Jazz Foundation intends to bring greater attention and recognition to these monumental achievements. To further honor Mr. Cohran, Kahil El’Zabar, creative executive director of the Chicago Academy of Music is organizing a collective ensemble of master musicians to perform at St. Adalbert’s Church on the evening of May 8th, beginning at 6:30 until 9 PM. This will be a free event for all ages and all audiences, with the strong encouragement of donations for both Mr. Cohran and the non-profit music school.

A Tribute to Phil Cohran Conducted by Kahil El’Zabar
May 8th, 2017, 6:30 PM
St. Adalbert’s Church 1650 W 17th Street Chicago, IL 60608
(donations strongly encouraged)

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The Chicago Academy of Music Conservatory is an artistic collective of master performers and educators committed to embodying, inspiring, and awakening a passion for creativity in music. The mission of CAM is to embody artistic and personal excellence; to inspire creative passion that evokes spirit, mind, and heart; and to awaken humanity’s collective communication through the transcendent experience of listening to music and each other.

For 26 years, the Jazz Foundation has been keeping jazz and blues alive by helping the musicians who have played with everyone from Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. They now assist in more than 5,000 cases a year nationwide.


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