The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University has announced a $1.9 million gift from the estate of Anne and Paul Plummer in support of its Jazz Studies Department.
Among other things, the gift will enable the department to increase the number of scholarships it offers. IU distinguished professor David N. Baker was a close friend of Plummer, a tenor saxophonist who joined a band Baker formed in 1958. The two went on to perform in numerous groups together. "Paul was not a talkative person," said Baker. "He was a very gentle man, and he knew his worth as a player. He was sophisticated without trying to be sophisticated."
Plummer, who died earlier this year at the age of 73, also spent time in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Thailand for many years. His wife passed away in 2003.
"I'm completely stunned to hear of something so magnanimous, a gesture that is so selfless," said Baker. "It would mean so much to Paul to see how this all of a sudden enhances the school and makes it possible for us to offer a world-class jazz education to so many worthy students."