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Mount Vernon Legislator Honors Jazz Legend Valerie Capers

Dr. Valerie Capers receives her proclamation from Mount Vernon politician Lyndon Williams.
Dr. Valerie Capers receives her proclamation from Mount Vernon politician Lyndon Williams. Photo Credit: Westchester County Board of Legislators

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Mount Vernon politician Lyndon Williams, the Westchester County Board of Legislators vice chair, honored renowned jazz pianist and educator Valerie Capers at the PJC Jazz Society’s annual “Tribute To a Legend” concert.

The celebratory concert was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon. Capers, a piano prodigy from the Bronx, was the first blind graduate of the Juilliard School of Music.

Capers served as a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music for more than a decade, and was a chair of the Department of Music and Art at Bronx Community College, where she is now a professor emeritus.

The pianist has performed around the globe with her trio, at venues ranging from colleges to concert halls. Capers recently released her latest CD, “Wagner Takes the ‘A’ Train.”

“Dr. Capers has served as a mentor and shining example of professionalism for countless young musicians over the years,” said Williams (D-13). “In honoring her, we also recognize her as a proud and serious artist able to overcome many challenges and nurture her gifts so she could fulfill her dreams while entertaining audiences around the world.”

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