MISSING NOTES: Cocktails at the Cole Haan store almost took a catastrophic turn for jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, who hosted a bash with the company’s chief executive officer, Matt Rubel, Thursday night. After entrusting Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Ashley Schiff with his composition notebook during the party, Marsalis absentmindedly left it in the car he shared with her afterward. “Wynton told me, ‘This has my entire new CD in here. I will commit suicide if I lose it,’” said Schiff, who received a panicked phone call from Marsalis during a dinner she and Rubel hosted later at Michael’s for jazz supporters, including her brother Drew Schiff and his wife, Karenna Gore Schiff, Celerie Kemble and Boykin Curry, and Hilary Dick. Coming to his rescue, Ashley tracked down the driver who located the notebook and dropped it off at Michael’s, where Ashley promptly put it under her seat until delivering it to Marsalis in the rehearsal studio later that night.
She pulled off another feat when organizing Jazz at Lincoln Center’s second-ever benefit,“Blowin’ in the Wind,” scheduled for June 2 at the Apollo Theater. She booked performers Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Audra McDonald, who will perform with the Wynton Marsalis Septet.
This story first appeared in the May 19, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.