On Monday, July 12, New York's jazz community will gather at Saint Peter's Church on Lexington Avenue to celebrate the life of the late trombonist Benny Powell. Saint Peter's is known as the "Jazz Church," having a dedicated jazz ministry and a long tradition of hosting memorial services for the city's departed musical greats.
The funeral will be held
July 12, 7 PM
Saint Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street)
New York, New York 10022-4610
A traditional service is being planned and is likely to include: Randy Weston and African Rhythms, a classical piece on violin played by one of his nieces, and Nextep featuring Frank Wess (Benny’s last group with whom he recorded). There will be New Orleans Brass band to play first and second line.
Condolences may be sent to:
3128 West Overdrive SE
Washington DC 20020
Instead of flowers the family has setup an education fund for his Grandchildren.
Kyle and Faith Swetnam
CO Evelyn Nolan (Grandmother)
2890 Emerald Spring Dr
Lawrenceville GA 30095
Benny died on the morning of June 26th. He was at Roosevelt Hospital, in New York City, recovering from successful spinal surgery when he died from causes not yet determined. He may have suffered a fatal heart attack, but the official report is not due until later this week.
In addition to his daughter Demetra Clay, and his beloved grandchildren Kyle and Faith Swetnam, Benny is survived by his niece, Lisa Dickerson, who was in New York with him for the surgery, and his sister Elizabeth Powell McCrowey.
Benny was generous spirit and mentor to many younger musicians. Trombonist Barry Cooper, one who Benny treated like a son, is assisting the family with arrangements and notifications.