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Philly Honors Pat Martino
The Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy® has selected George Allen, David Dye, Eve, Pat Martino and Jeff "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as its 2002 Heroes Awards recipients, it was announced today. The Chapter presents its Heroes Awards annually to honor outstanding individuals and institutions in the Philadelphia region that have improved the environment for the creative community. The gala event, which attracts recording artists, key entertainment executives, and community leaders, will be held on April 22 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel (1200 Market Street, Philadelphia). Proceeds will benefit the MusiCares® Foundation, the musicians' health and human services charity, as well as the Academy's professional education events for the music community of the Philadelphia region.

"Heroes Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Philadelphia Chapter, and its recipients embody the standards of excellence and integrity that the Recording Academy champions and promotes," said Michael Greene, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "On this evening, we will celebrate the important work of the Philadelphia music community as we showcase the amazing pool of talent that continues to make a significant impact on the world's music scene."

The premier event begins at 6 p.m. with a VIP/Press Reception and a special Silent Auction offering one-of-a-kind music memorabilia as well as travel and entertainment packages. The Heroes Awards Show and Dinner will be held from 8 - 11 p.m. and will recognize the esteemed honorees with VIP presenters and performers. Tickets are available through the Philadelphia Chapter's office by calling 215.985.5411.

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George Allen is a well-known, well-respected fixture in Philadelphia music education circles. He has nurtured and encouraged countless young Philadelphia musicians, many of whom have gone on to extremely successful careers, including Christian McBride. Allen taught for almost 20 years at Philadelphia's Overbrook High School, heading the Music and Arts Magnet Program there. He currently lectures at Immaculata College and is an Assistant Professor at Cheyney University. Allen established the Philadelphia Jazz Institute, Inc. and is closely involved with other musical organizations, including the National Black Music Caucus and the Trane Stop Resource Institute, Inc.

Philadelphia radio icon David Dye is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his popular "World Café" radio show which began on WXPN-FM/88.5 and is now syndicated on 140 public radio stations nationwide. Dye has been on the Philadelphia radio scene for 30 years, beginning his career at WMMR-FM/93.3, spending time at WIOQ-FM/102.1 and WYSP-FM/94.1 and ending up at WXPN at the inauguration of the groundbreaking "World Café."

Eve, who has just received two nominations for the upcoming 44th Annual GRAMMY® Awards (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Album), made a reputation for herself as a skilled rapper at Philadelphia talent shows and opening up at local rap shows. She was introduced by friends to Dr. Dre who was so impressed he signed her to his Aftermath label. Eve began collaborating with Ruff Ryders and has performed on tracks for the Roots, BLACKstreet/Janet Jackson, and for a Jay-Z tour. She released her debut CD Eve: First Lady of the Ruff Ryders in 1999, which landed at the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top 200.

Legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, who also received two recent GRAMMY nominations (Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group), began playing professionally in 1961. In the late '70s, Martino suffered a severe brain aneurysm and underwent surgery after being told that his condition could be terminal. After his operation, he could remember almost nothing; he had no memory of his guitar or his career. In the following months, Martino made a remarkable recovery. Through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument, releasing his 20th recording in 2001.

In 1985, Jeff Townes exploded onto the music scene as half of the superstar duo known as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. Since then they have sold more than 10 million records worldwide. The pair has won three GRAMMY Awards, three American Music Awards, two NAACP Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards, and an MTV Music Award. In 1990, Townes started his own full-scale music production facility, A Touch of Jazz, where he produced Jill Scott's smash hit debut album as well as tracks for Will Smith, Musiq Soulchild, Kenny Lattimore, Tatyana Ali, MC Lyte, and Darius Rucker.

Previous Philadelphia Heroes Awards winners are Rick Kerber, Tom Moon, James Poyser, Jill Scott and Grover Washington Jr.

Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as the Recording Academy, is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural conditions for music and its makers. An organization of 20,000 musicians, producers and other recording professionals, the Recording Academy is internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards, and is responsible for numerous groundbreaking outreach, professional development, cultural enrichment, education and human services programs. For more information, please visit www.grammy.com.

Tue Feb 19 2002 (9:46:29 PM)

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