Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Prince Is A Jazz Loving Philanthropist, I Guess


Prince seems like a pretty decent dude and we all know he makes killer music, so he’s alright in my books. If you feel the same, he’s about to get a whole lot cooler, because apparently Prince paid for a high school jazz band to take a trip to New York City to compete in the Essentially Ellington competition.

From The New York Post:

Prince surprised a high school student jazz band in Portland, Ore., by funding their trip to New York. The Purple One donated proceeds from his April 21 concert to the American Music Program so the group can travel to compete in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington high school competition and festival May 10 to 12 . . .

Aw, well isn’t that nice? Not like he needs the money or anything, but it’s still quite generous of him, for sure. Still, I think Prince should have gone one step further and offered to fly the band on a private jet and also to perform a private in-flight concert playing all requests (and since these are high school kids, they probably will only barely have heard of ‘Purple Rain’, so it’ll be just that for 6 hours).