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Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel announces 2015 “What A Wonderful World” Honorees.

The recipients of the 2015 “What a Wonderful World” Award are Roy Haynes, Bernie Williams, Gabriel A Sara, MD, and Kaley Clavell, announced Joanne V. Loewy, DA, MT-BC,LCAT, Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

The honorees will be feted at the center’s 10th annual gala, which will feature live Broadway music, jazz, a cocktail reception and silent auction on Monday, October 5, from 6 - 9 pm, at The Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street in Manhattan.  With Mercedes Ellington and WBGO’s Bill Daughtry presiding as co-emcees, the annual awards ceremony celebrates health care advocates, music legends and patients.  Performances by honoree, Bernie Williams, musician and former New York Yankee, Jon Faddis and a Broadway medley of songs from several casts’ members will be among the evening’s musical treats.
The event's Platinum Sponsor is Signature Bank.

Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer, is the pulse of legendary jazz.  For over 50 years he has influenced and innovated, shaping some of the greatest recordings in jazz.  His joyous drumming with the legends of the genre altered the very fabric and direction of jazz improvisation, from Louis Armstrong to Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.  The list goes on and on as does Roy's unflagging energy and marvelous invention.  With his latest group of 20-something cohorts, Roy sends his "Hard Swing" style to a timeless place.  Haynes elevates the performances of his Fountain of Youth Band, with a tremendous give and take between the generations fueled by masterful musicianship and youthful abandon.

Bernie Williams, former New York Yankee and four-time World Series Champion, discovered his love for baseball and music at roughly the same time.  While growing up in Puerto Rico at the age of eight, he fell in love with the sounds of a flamenco guitar his merchant-marine father brought home from Spain and also felt the same exhilaration when he first picked up a baseball bat.  The young student-athlete quickly excelled in both pursuits, going on to attend the special performance arts school Escuela Libre de Musica at the age of thirteen and becoming one of the most noted young athletes on the island.  When Williams signed a contract with the New York Yankees at age 17, he brought his love of music with him.  In his 16 year career patrolling centerfield for the New York Yankees, Bernie Williams was a four-time World Series Champion and a five-time All Star.  He is also among the Yankees all-time leaders in every major batting category, with his performance statistics often standing alongside such legends as Babe Ruth, Micky Mantle, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.  Throughout his years with the Yankees, his passion for music never waned and the sound of the guitar would often be heard emanating from the clubhouse or during team flights.  So it was no surprise in 2003 when he demonstrated how serious his musical pursuit was with the release of his first album, The Journey Within.  The record features fusions of jazz, rock and the tropical rhythms of Williams’ heritage and was met with both strong critical praise and instant chart-success – reaching #3 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart.  His second album, entitled Moving Forward, debuted as Billboard’s #2 Contemporary Jazz album and continued to hold that chart position for five straight, spawning two consecutive #1 singles, “Go For It” and “Ritmo de Otono.”  The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album in 2009.  Bernie Williams also co-authored a book in 2011 titled, Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Music and Athletic Performance.  The book examines the symbiotic relationship between musical artistry and athletic performance through the eyes of a man who has mastered both.

Dr. Sara is a medical oncologist who has been with Mount Sinai Roosevelt since 1987.  He is the Medical Director of the Chemotherapy Infusion Suite and is triple-board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.  Dr. Sara received his early medical training in Beirut, Lebanon and Paris, France.  He completed his residency in internal medicine at Downstate Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and The Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University.  In 2005, he established the Helen Sawaya Fund, a philanthropy program whose mission is to enhance the experience of cancer patients through art, music therapy, reflexology, a travel program and more.  Dr. Sara is the author of several articles in the field of hematology and oncology and in 2013, he co-edited the textbook Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain. 

Honoree Kaley Clavell is a 19-year-old from Suffern, New York who is studying early-childhood education at SUNY Cortland.  She was diagnosed with a myxoma, a benign tumor located in the middle part of her mandible, in January 2015.  During an 8-hour surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, doctors removed 6 teeth, and replaced her jaw bone with her fistula bone with support from a titanium plate and an artery and nerve from her leg.  Kaley leaned on her music during her one-week stay in the pediatric intensive care unit, spending her 19th birthday in the hospital.  With the help of the Armstrong music therapy program, she had a Hawaiian-themed birthday where everyone from the doctors, nurses and other patients played various instruments, danced, ate and laughed.  While she never could have imagined how impactful music could be in helping to heal, prior to her experience, she now has a deep appreciation for music therapy and how it helped to heal her physically, mentally and spiritually.

In addition to an evening of jazz, a silent auction will feature musical, sports, entertainment and travel treasures that will benefit the Louis Armstrong Center’s clinical services to those in need, including stroke survivors, cancer patients, teens with depression and adults with asthma, cancer, COPD heart disease.

“We treat musicians with physical and emotional challenges, from Broadway to subway, reflecting a diverse and underserved population,” says Stephan Quentzel, MD, Medical Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine.

The Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, established 21 years ago as part of the jazz legend’s legacy, was the foundation for the expanded programs of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, created in 2005.  The Center also provides specialty treatments for children with developmental disorders, and various other programs at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai Brooklyn campuses.

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Implicit Being: A Colloquium on Music and the Brain Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine

Mount Sinai Beth Israel - 10 Union Square NYC-Tuesday, May 5, 2015 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: www.chpnet.org/cme A focus on critical aspects of neuroplasticity coupled with new topics such as musicís role in learning, groove, & chemo brain with premiere neurologists, scientists, & music therapists, sharing stroke, Alzheimerís, Parkinsonís research, theory, & clinical MT. Elucidate practice and study, witness a live patient performance. Understand implicit restoration & development of neural networks & musicís influence on the brain.

Petr Janata, Kathy Helzlsouer, Amy Clements-Cortes, Elizabeth Galletta, Robin Rio, Elizabeth Stegemoller, Connie Tomaino, Preeti Raghavan &

Alan Turry, Viktoriya Kuntsevich, Joanne Loewy, Naoko Mizutani,

Andrew Rossetti, Jason & Moji Crigler


Michael Thaut Mari Tervaniemi
Neurologic MT Cognitive Brain Research
Colorado State University   University of Helsinki

Co-Chairs: John Mondanaro & Joanne Loewy 7 CMTEís approved

Breakfast & lunch! $125 Full conference, professional $75 Full conference, student

Online registration: www.chpnet.org/cme or 212- 420-2704

Join us…
“What a Wonderful World” 2014
Monday, September 22, from 6 to 9 pm, at The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St

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Jon Batiste, Aimee Telsey, MD, FAAP, Ann Marie Dassler, RN, FNP, MSN, & Gweneviere Mann

Jazz  & Cocktails & a Silent auction
Mercedes Ellington and Kevin Bernard, Co-emcees
Our annual awards celebrate health care advocates, music legends and patients.
MUSIC by honoree Jon Batiste, (http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/oeurov/jon-batiste-and-stay-human)  Jon Faddis and the cast of the 2014 Tony-winning Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Jon Batiste is a remarkable musician whose artistry, described as “peerless,” melds seamlessly with an uplifting musical vision which he calls “social music.” He comes with an equally impressive musical pedigree rooted in New Orleans, LA.
Dr. Telsey is a neonatalogist who has been with Mount Sinai Beth Israel since 1988. She is the Associate Director, Division of Newborn Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ms. Dassler is a nurse practitioner whose interest in music therapy evolved from the experience of caring for a pediatric patient five years after caring for her as an infant and the realization that music memory was so profoundly powerful, comforting and integral to the child’s experience as a newborn.

Honoree Gweneviere Mann is a musician who has participated in the Armstrong Center’s music therapy program since 2012, following surgery for a benign tumor in her brain’s frontal lobe. The tumor was successfully removed but she suffered a stroke during the operation which resulted in severe short term memory loss. She has been using music to learn coping techniques to aid her memory and attention deficits.

Converging Disciplines at the Crossroads of Cancer Care January 27th & 28th 2014 Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

A two-day international symposium will feature leading experts in integrative approaches to the treatment of cancer elucidating theory, practice, and cutting-edge research. Lecturers from cancer & integrative centers and university programs worldwide: Germany, Canada, Australia, Norway, Spain and more...
**Doctors and nurses can receive credits for continuing education through the CME accreditation-approval received.
Keynotes: Russell Portenoy MD, Beth Israel & MJHS; Lisa Gallagher PhD, MT-BC-Cleveland Clinic, Namesh Nagarsheth MD, Mount Sinai,and many others. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Live music experientials.

Join us:Physicians, Nurses, PhDs, Social Work, Music Therapy, Pastoral Care, Creative Arts Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Child Life, Fellows, Residents, and Medical Students....all are welcomed. CLICK HERE for Brochure.

REGISTER online-
Click on: "Upcoming Live CME activities"
and registration is there.


It was a glorious evening of sights and sounds when folk music legend and social activist Pete Seeger came to Mount Sinai Beth Israel to accept the first Phoebe Jacobs Award of Distinction presented by the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at the 8th Annual What A Wonderful World event held on Monday, September 23rd.
The award, presented to the singer/composer/humanitarian by David Amran, himself a renowned composer, conductor and instrumentalist, also recognized the late Toshi Seeger, whom the music icon credited as instrumental in enabling him to carry out his lifes work.
Pete Seeger has been a witness to some of our nations transformative events and his songs and deeds continue to illuminate and inspire, said Joanne Loewy, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, Director, Louis Armstrong Center. We are honored to have him accept our own tribute to Phoebe Jacobs who, along with the late Beth Israel trustee Richard Netter, were instrumental in the growth of Beth Israels music therapy program, a legacy of Lucille and Louis Armstrong. With a name that bares her musical pedigree, dancer/choreographer Mercedes Ellington orchestrated as mistress of ceremonies -- introducing award presenters, honorees and guest artists. In tribute to Mr. Seeger, trumpet virtuoso Jon Faddis with pianist David Hazeltine played his favorite tune, Blue Skies.
Mr. Seeger returned the favor by playing his mandolin and cajoling the audience to sing along his signature folk songs, Darkest Before The Dawn and If I Had a Hammer. Joining him on stage was the cast of Broadways Once, which opened the program with a selection from their Tony and Grammy-winning musical and a folksy Irish song.
It was so much fun and such a thrill to play the guitar with Pete Seeger! said Dr. Loewy. At age 94, he continues to inspire one and all with his spirit, optimism and joy of life. Also honored was patient Joe Regan, Jr. and social worker Fran Silverman, ACSW, LCSW-R, who each received What A Wonderful World Award. A cabaret performer, Mr. Regan is a patient in the Music for AIR (Advances in Respiration) program. He demonstrated the success of his music therapy and important role that music has played in his life by singing to the audience accompanied by music therapists Wen Chang-Lit on piano and Bernardo Canga on violin.
Praises were heaped on fellow honoree Ms. Silverman, who is Beth Israels Director of Social Work and Home Care Services. Medical Director David Bernard, MD, cited her dedication and tremendous contribution toward providing enhanced social work and home care services through the various innovative programs she has helped developed and nurtured.
Following tradition, the awards program concluded with Louis Armstrongs signature song, What A Wonderful World, with Mr. Amran providing piano accompaniment and vocals to Mr. Faddis artistry on the trumpet.

Mount Sinai Beth Israels Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine honorees at the 2013 What A Wonderful World Awards: (l-r) folk music legend Pete Seeger, Music for AIR patient Joe Regan, Jr., Fran Silverman, ACSW, LCSW-R, Beth Israel Director of Social Work and Home Care Services, and Joanne Loewy, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, Director, Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine.

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The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine presents:

Converging Disciplines: Music Therapy in Antepartum Care
, Tuesday, February 4th,
9am to 5pm at Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
Register: MGrippo@chpnet.org
First come - first serve
Don't miss an opportunity to learn about the exciting role of Music Therapy in prenatal care! The only Music therapy, pregnancy through NICU care conference- sponsored by the March of Dimes, Remo and the Heather on Earth Music Foundation SEE YOU THERE
Call to register: (212)420-2704
Click here to download brochure.

Music & Medicine: Integrative Models in Pain Medicine January 30 & 31, 2012  +CMEs for Physicians, Nurses + CEUs for Music Therapists & CATS+ Phillips Ambulatory Care Center-Conference Center

This is the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine's 2nd national two-day symposium on Music and Pain.
The Music and Medicine as an Integrative Approach to the Treatment of Pain  event will elucidate theory, practice, and research on the use of music in the treatment of pain across medical, psychiatric, and psychosocial domains. Come hear doctors who specialize in Pain and/or research the effects of music in medicine- Mark Tramo, Mitch Gaynor, Daniel Carr (to name a few) and Pain specialty music therapists- Brian Schreck, Sheri Robb, Maya Charlton . Click here to view the brochure. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Russell Portenoy, MD  

Space is limited-Register before January 15 to be guaranteed a spot

Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine announces 2011 Wonderful World Award Recipients on Monday, September 19 from 6pm to 9pm

Converging Disciplines in NICU Care:
Psychophysiology, Neurology, NIDCAP, and Music Therapy
Co-sponsored by Drexel University 's Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy Program &
New York University Music Therapy Program
Tuesday, June 7th 10-4 PM (with coffee/tea  & lunch included -live music)
10 Union Square East 2nd floor Conf Center
Approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 5 CEU's. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).Drexel University's Creative Arts in Therapy Program maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.
Click here to download brochure for registration.

Thanks to Scandinavia Scholars Integrative Music and Medicine Grand Rounds
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
10 Union Sq East 1-3PM FREE *RSVP 212 420-2704*
Psychotherapeutically Oriented Approach to Vibroacoustic Therapy in Drug Rehabilitation- Marko Punkanen M Phil, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Psychodynamic Music Therapy for Depression– Music Therapy Process as a Sanctuary for Evoking and Exploring Emotions Esa Ala-Ruona PhD, MT Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research Music Therapy Clinic for Research and Training, University of Jyvaskyla

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