[members-announce] Can You Help Us?

Jo Foster jof at concordrecords.com
Mon Aug 11 10:49:41 EDT 2003

The Jazz Musician Emergency Relief Fund is a wonderful organization that
helps in-need artists, primarily seniors, with urgent medical care and
financial assistance.  As "freelancers," many jazz musicians aren't
protected by pensions, health plans and other benefits. To date, the JMEF
has helped over 150 jazz musicians.    

We are hosting a fundraising benefit to help Jazz Foundation of America on
August 22.  Anything you can do to help us spread the word and generate
ticket sales would be much, much appreciated. A press release is below, but
in short:

Location: 	Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills
Date:		August 22nd
Tickets:	$1000 includes entertainment (Diane Schuur and
Poncho Sanchez will be performing), cocktails and dinner
Time:		7pm-11pm
Info:		Call 310/ 385 4455 (tickets are also available at eBay.com)

Diane Schuur & Poncho Sanchez Perform in Aid of 
Jazz Musicians Emergency Relief Fund

On Friday, August 22nd, Concord Records and Playboy Jazz will host a gala
evening of "Jazz After Dark" at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in aid of
the Jazz Musician Emergency Relief Fund. Jazz diva Diane Schuur and Latin
jazz master Poncho Sanchez will perform during the event, which will help
raise much-needed funds for this well-deserving organization.

As "freelancers," most jazz musicians do not qualify for health insurance,
pensions or other important benefits.  The Jazz Musician Emergency Relief
Fund is a national organization dedicated to supporting jazz professionals,
especially senior musicians, with essential monetary assistance and
emergency relief.  To date, approximately 150 musicians have received free
medical treatment for conditions ranging from cancer to hip replacements.
The Jazz Foundation of America has also established a volunteer network of
caring jazz enthusiasts that provide free legal, dental and psychological
services when needed. 

Tickets for this exclusive event are $1000 and include entertainment,
cocktails and dinner. The event starts at 7:00pm. For more information or to
reserve your ticket, please call 310/ 385-4455 or visit eBay.com.  For more
information on the Jazz Foundation of America and the Jazz Musician
Emergency Relief Fund, visit www.jazzfoundation.org.

Since its inception just a few years ago, the Playboy Jazz label has
released an eclectic and highly acclaimed group of recordings. The
soundtrack to Blonde, the CBS mini-series about Marilyn Monroe, was
nominated for a Grammy Award, as was the 2002 release, For Ella, Patti
Austin' tribute to the First Lady of Song.  Playboy Jazz has also released a
series of previously unreleased live recordings from its world-renowned
Playboy Jazz Festival, which this year celebrated its 25th Anniversary.  So
far in the series, listeners have been treated to never-before-released
outings from "El Rey" Tito Puente and the "Velvet Fog" Mel Tormé. In April
2003, Playboy Jazz released "Jazz After Dark," a 2-CD collection of classic
jazz tracks from such renowned artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett,
Diana Krall, Karrin Allyson, Miles David, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington
and Charlie Byrd.

Jo Foster
Director of Publicity
Concord Records
T: (310) 385 4218

100 North Crescent Drive, Suite 275
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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