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Arnie Lawrence

God Bless the Child

Protecting Children from Violence

 JJA's 7th annual jazz awards honor" God Bless the Child"

Co-Founders Arnie Lawrence & Anna Immanuel

The Jazz Awards 2003 is the 7th annual presentation of honors for excellence in jazz music and journalism. For the first time, the JJA is honoring jazz activists internationally for their humanitarian contributions to the art form. Discretionary Award winners are:
Saxophonist Arnie Lawrence & Anna Immanuel, God Bless The Child, Child Protection in Conflict Region Arts Campaign

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U.S. JAZZ STARS ARNIE LAWRENCE AND JAMES MOODY AND FRIENDS TO PLAY IN BENEFIT HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR PALESTINIAN SCHOOL OF PEACE IN BETHLEHEM

There will be a lot of good will in Bethlehem this Christmas, as a diverse group of performers from the United States and Israel stage a holiday concert on behalf of the Hope Flowers School for Peace and Democracy in Bethlehem, the only Palestinian secondary school that teaches Hebrew as part of its mandatory curriculum. On December 22, 1998, two holiday concerts will be held simultaneously in Israel to spread messages of brotherhood and peace.

Featuring American jazz greats Arnie Lawrence and James Moody as well as other jazz and ethnic musicians. A concert will be held 18:00-23:00 at the YMCA auditorium in West Jerusalem and at the Beit Hageffen Theater in Haifa hosted by Shai Cohen, Bassam Rinawi, Yoni Halevi and Friends. There will be a suggested admission price of NIS 50 at the door. All profits will directly fund the Hope Flowers School's educational expenses.

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International Artists Conclave

GOD BLESS THE CHILD
For The Protection of All Children In Region of Conflict Worldwide
Presents
 CLARK TERRY,  ARNIE LAWRENCE  and  FRIENDS
in "Blues for Martin"
A SPECIAL CONCERT IN CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF
 DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR
Honoring His Dream of The Right Of Every Child To
Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness.
And THE JERUSALEM HUMANITARIAN JAZZ AWARD To:
CLARK TERRY
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2003 at 5 O' CLOCK PM
 Pastor Dale Lind Conducts The Service With Special Guest  Bertha Hope
at ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, NYC

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INT'L PRESS FEATURE
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL/JAN 1,2002

The Jazz Condition
By Ken Franckling

Four years ago, jazz saxophonist and educator Arnie Lawrence moved from his native New York to Jerusalem to open a community music center where Jews, Christians and Arabs of all ages could build friendships and learn to play extraordinary music together.

This month he has another mission in the works - to remind his neighbors and the world at-large of the importance of making the world a safer place for children. The efforts come against a backdrop of the war against terror that has been going on in Afghanistan and, closer to Lawrence's home, Palestinian suicide bombings that have claimed scores of victims over the past years.

For four days at the end of this month (Jan. 29 through Feb. 1) Lawrence and co-founder Anna Immanuel - a Jerusalem-based writer and editor - will hold what they are calling the Intl ernational Artists Conclave in Jerusalem and nearby sites under the theme of God Bless the Child sung by Billie Holiday.

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WorldBeat
Jazz Enthusiasts Gather in New York
Aired January 22, 2001 - 3:30 p.m. ET

BROOKE ALEXANDER, HOST: Hi. I'm Brooke Alexander with WORLD BEAT in New York City. New York is also known worldwide as the Big Apple, a term made popular by jazz musicians playing gigs in the city in the '30s and '40s.

Coming up, the International Association of Jazz Educators is gathering here in New York City at one of the most exciting times in recent history of jazz music. The conference has been buzzing about a new era, renewed interest, a shot in the arm for jazz music.

CURRY: Jazz has also been a source of unity for Arab and Israeli musicians who came to play at the International Centre for Creative Music in Jerusalem. They brought their Middle Eastern flavored jazz to the conference in New York under the leadership of sax player Arnie Lawrence.

ARNIE LAWRENCE, INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR CREATIVE MUSIC: I didn't go to the Middle East to bring Arab musicians and Jewish musicians together. I went there to play music with people who wanted to play music.

I had Arab and Jewish musicians and Christian musicians playing together with me in my band in New York before I ever decided to go to the Middle East. And it wasn't because they were Arabs or Jewish or Christian musicians. It wasn't important. It's not important to me.

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"In Mideast, Real Notes of Progress"
By Stanley Crouch

Whatever happens, and wherever it happens, those who are the descendants of nations or factions at war will have to settle things. They must at some point forgive each other if both sides are ever to get beyond the fury of battle. The injustices of the past have to become secondary to the present possibilities for peace.

That is what jazz saxophonist Arnie Lawrence is trying to achieve in the Israeli portion of the target board that is the Middle East. Lawrence was in the "Tonight Show" band when Johnny Carson was host and has never forgotten what he heard when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a guest.

"Carson asked him," Lawrence told me, "about the death threats he was receiving. Dr. King said it didn't matter how long a life might happen to be, the point was the quality of the life that had been lived. That's what I'm trying to do."

Lawrence was a founder of the Jazz Program at the New School here in New York and has since exhausted his retirement money on a project he began in Israel called the International Center for Creative Music Jerusalem (conclave@netvision.net.il). It was blessed by the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who knew that Lawrence wanted to form a school for all people.

Lawrence has taught both Western and Middle Eastern musicians the essence of jazz, which is mastery of an instrument to express one's individuality within the context of a group that is improvising with you. It is about the individual and the mass sensitively cooperating and inspiring each other. To that end, Lawrence has taken Arab as well as Israeli students, and he has performed regularly on a Palestinian jazz station. The motto for his and co-director Anna Emmanuel's efforts is "God Bless the Child."

Though he is obviously fatigued, Lawrence is still at it, working to create an atmosphere that, as he says, "will save lives." He knows that big questions of policy are worked out by politicians, but he also knows that those in the world of the arts, whenever they express human commonality, are not only doing their part, but are doing the very best that they can.

Originally published on February 20‚ 2003

By Stanley Crouch is a columnist, novelist, essayist, critic and television commentator. He has served since 1987 as an artistic consultant at Lincoln Center and is a co-founder of the department known as Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1993, he received both the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacArthur Foundation grant. He is now working on a biography of Charlie Parker. All contents © 2002 Daily News,

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