Archive for March 3, 2011

A contemporary jazz concert to benefit research and patient services at Scripps Cancer Center is set for Friday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. aboard the USS Midway Museum, alongside Navy Pier in downtown San Diego. The inaugural “In Concert for Cancer” fundraising concert will feature a lineup of six world-renowned jazz recording artists, who will perform under the stars on the aircraft carrier museum’s flight deck.

Headlining artists include guitarist Richard Smith, keyboardist Gregg Karukas, and fellow saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole. Special guest artists for the evening include saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair and saxophonist Kim Waters. Kashiwa, Cole and Waters will also perform as the traveling trio known as the “Sax Pack.” General admission tickets are $50 per person. VIP tickets are available for $100 per person and include front-row seating and backstage meet-and-greet with world-class musicians prior to the show.

To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.cjazz.com. The USS Midway Museum is located at 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. “In Concert for Cancer” is produced by Cjazz and presented by Scripps Health. Additional sponsors and partners include: Wells Fargo, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Anthology, Sony, Smooth Jazz Spot, Mojo Factory Productions, Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards, Tickets Oregon, Smooth Jazz 98.1, PromoLab, Richard Duval Images, and Prime Time Entertainment.

The Digital Guy Foundation is proud to announce the release of their first CD compilation  “The Digital Guy’s Outstanding Tracks of 2010.” In celebration of this monumental event, the foundation will be hosting a concert starring three of the album’s featured artists.  From noon until 2 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011, attendees will enjoy great music by Vincent Ingala, Greg Manning and Jaared at Bianca’s.  Bianca’s is located in the Legends Ballroom (Hard Rock Hotel San Diego) 207 5 Avenue, San Diego, Calif.

Please note admission to the showcase performance is only available to those who hold either VIP Passports for the Oasis Awards, or separate admission for Bianca’s (http://oasisjazzawards.com/Friday_Bianca.php).

As a very special bonus, the first 50 persons who RSVP at http://tdg2010.eventbrite.com and attend the show will receive a complimentary copy of “The Digital Guy’s Outstanding Tracks of 2010” CD. (CDs will be available at the show.)  This CD features 14 tracks of great smooth jazz. Net proceeds from the sales of the CD will go to help fund school music programs.

About the featured artists:

Vincent Ingala is being hailed as “one of the best new young artists on the scene” by any number of industry authorities. His debut release North End Soul is proof positive that age isn’t a barrier to being able to make great music.   After having wowed audiences in Connecticut, Vincent makes his west coast performance debut at this showcase, and it is not to be missed!

Greg Manning makes his home in the USA, after spending his formative years in Switzerland. This unique artist brings his multi-cultural background to his unique music. This show will feature many of Greg’s irresistible tracks from his latest CD, “The Calling.”

Jaared is an internationally-known and loved artist, as his many tours with superstar Peter White will attest. Absent from the west coast for a while, the TDG Foundation Showcase marks Jaared’s return with his successful “Manhattan Nights” CD.

This is a one-time event, and this lineup of great artists will not be repeated locally again in the near future. The artists will be available after the performance to sign their CDs.

Other special guests

The Digital Guy, Bruce Nazarian, will be warmly welcoming guests and answering any of your questions about these exciting artists. The Digital Guy’s Motown Scene reporter, Marissa Caliguire, will be in attendance to speak about the debut of her brand new MyCnotes charitable CD entitled “Jazz with a Cause.” Noted smooth jazz journalist Denis Poole will also be in San Diego in a vacation from England to greet guests.

Make your plans now to attend this magnificent event in support of the good works of the Digital Guy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting school music programs to stay vibrant and bring the joy of music to youngsters.