ANN SNEED, 87, from cancer on April 21 in Las Vegas. Her love of jazz led her to create an organization that for 35 years promoted concerts and sent top performers into schools to preach the value of music and education.
She founded the non-profit International Art of Jazz, which operated from 1964 until 1999. Among the musicians who played IAJ concerts were Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Billy Taylor, and Marian McPartland. Ann Sneed was also active in the American Federation of Jazz Societies.