Cjazz and the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards have added a spectacular concert event to the March, 2011 Oasis Awards line-up. Michele Abrams, founder of Seattle-based Cjazz, is launching the company‟s inaugural „In Concert for Cancer‟ fundraiser featuring Gregg Karukas, Jeff Kashiwa, Richard Smith, Steve Cole and special guest artists, all performing Friday, March 11, 2011 on the flight deck of San Diego‟s historic aircraft carrier, the USS Midway.
“I am very excited to get this meaningful event off the ground”, says Abrams. “Losing both parents and friends to cancer has deeply affected me. Like many people touched by this terrible disease, I want to do my part to give back. Music has the power to heal and inspire, and to me, nothing could be more satisfying than sharing the joy of world class music performances to raise money for vital cancer research.” Cjazz‟s beneficiary is the world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. http://www.fhcrc.org
Cjazz was founded in 1993 to promote the artists of Contemporary Jazz on the Internet and in live, intimate theatre settings. Over the past few years, Cjazz has turned its focus in a philanthropic direction, producing fund-raising events on the west coast and in Hawaii. http://www.cjazz.com
“We thought we had planned the ultimate Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards weekend and then Michele added her „In Concert for Cancer’ event at an impossible to match locale, the flight deck of the USS Midway”, says founder Bill Paddock. “We at the Oasis Awards are proud to be working with Michele and Cjazz. Whether fans get the VIP Ticket that includes all Oasis shows or just go to In Concert for Cancer, it‟s a win for Contemporary Jazz, for the fans and for the Hutchinson Center.”
Mike V. Vasquez, program director and morning show host for San Diego‟s 98.1 KIFM says, “KIFM is very proud to be a part of this special and unique concert fundraiser event. Electrifying smooth jazz aboard the legendary USS Midway, on the San Diego Bay, will make this a once in a lifetime experience unforgettable.”
In addition to featuring some of the biggest names in the jazz genre, the show itself will be spectacular. Staging and seating will be on the flight deck aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier, docked in San Diego‟s bay. The big-as-life backdrop will be the San Diego skyline, with extra lighting from the downtown high-rise scene and the stars overhead.
Jeff Kashiwa is one of the most sought after saxophone players in the world. Between leading his own group, touring with Kim Waters and Steve Cole as Sax Pak, and his frequent appearances with the Rippingtons, Jeff plays over 100 shows a year.
Keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas began his career as a fusion artist in the Washington, DC area. His recordings run the gamut from eclectic jazz to seductive Brazilian colorings to hypnotic smooth grooves. Since releasing his first album in 1987, Gregg has enjoyed a successful recording, producing and touring career.
Saxophonist Steve Cole is a celebrated player in contemporary jazz, having sold hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide and recorded four number one R&R Smooth Jazz hits. He recently signed a multiple album deal with Mack Avenue/Artistry Music. The first project for the label is entitled Moonlight and it is a collection of classic pop songs and standards set amidst an orchestral backdrop.
Richard Smith is the consummate jazz musician and educator. “I spent the 90‟s running the Studio/Jazz Guitar program at USC, touring the world 100 days a year, playing sessions and making records on my own. I loved it all and couldn‟t say „no‟ to any of it”, says Smith.
Cjazz‟s „In Concert For Cancer’ spectacular is part of the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Awards Weekend and the Oasis VIP Ticket, on sale now at http://www.OasisContemporaryJazzAwards.com. The VIP Ticket includes the “Night of Tribute” show at San Diego‟s Balboa Theatre on Thursday, March 10, the 2011 Oasis Awards show from the San Diego Civic Theatre on Saturday, March 12, as well as the Cjazz show aboard the legendary USS Midway Aircraft Carrier and more.
Tickets to In Concert for Cancer are ON SALE NOW at http://www.Cjazz.com
A Jazz First – From the Flight Deck of the USS Midway
March 11, 2011 San Diego