Michael Jackson gets a big tribute on Wednesday night Oct 28th at the annual T. J. Martell dinner in New York.

The T.J. Martell Foundation is the premiere charity in the music business, set up by Columbia Records’ beloved Tony Martell in memory of his son, T.J.

The foundation is a leader in raising money for cancer, leukemia, and AIDS research. Every year, the dinner honors a record exec for his humanitarian efforts. This year it’s Bruce Lundvall, the popular veteran chief of Blue Note Records. Bruce is one of the last great music men in the record biz. Among his many successes: Dexter Gordon, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Wynton Marsalis, and Norah Jones.

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Diane Reeves, Michelle Branch, Big Kenny of Big & Rich, and a host of other musicians will serenade the Martell crowd. And at the end of the night, there’s a big, secret tribute planned to Michael Jackson.

Martell will also honor board members who passed away this year including my pal, and everyone’s, the great Michael Klenfner. Michael, one of the most successful promotion men in the history of the record business, loved the Martell Foundation and all its events. His passing is a loss for them.

There are probably tickets still available. Email kfitzpatrick@tjmartellfoundation.org for more information. As Tony Martell said to me yesterday: “Cancer does not know about a bad economy. It just keeps going.”’

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