For the past 18 years, saxophonist, flutist and educator Vincent York has carved out a unique niche in the Southeastern Michigan jazz and educational community with his multi-media and live performance program, Jazzistry. Saturday, November 12th, Vincent, his band and Jazzistry board members will receive national recognition for the program from The National Association for Multicultural Education, N.A.M.E. At the closing banquet of the convention Vincent York and Jazzistry will receive The Founder's Award for outstanding national multicultural program: The Rose Duhon-Sells Award of the National Association for Multicultural Education.
While this award is specifically for Vincent York and Jazzistry, it reflects the local community of jazz teachers and musicians based in Ann Arbor and Detroit. It also reflects Vincent's broad base of community support from businesses and organizations, including WEMU. The reflection is bright, beautiful and sublimely swinging. WEMU joins students, teachers and community leaders congratulating Vincent York on this important national recognition.
— Linda Yohn is the WEMU Music Director, and host of 89.1 Jazz.