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Arni Cheatham: Hero on the horn

“One of the things I like about this building is that when I practice, people don’t call the police — they open their doors.” Arni Cheatham is leading me up to the apartment he shares with his wife, the artist advocate Dottie Guild, in the Piano Factory building in the South End. The building — long a residential building for artists, where he has been actively involved in running the nonprofit art gallery — is as much a part of who he is as anything he does.

Cheatham — longtime Boston jazz musician, photographer, educator, and also arts advocate — will be honored as a “Jazz Hero” as part of Jazz Week in Boston (April 26-May 5). His honor, presented by the Jazz Journalists Association and JazzBoston, will be celebrated in a party open to the public at South End jazz mecca Wally’s on Sunday.

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