Concord Records and Playboy Jazz

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)

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 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

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Concord Jazz
  • Event Date: 8/22/2003
  • Subtitle: The Jazz Musician Emergency Relief Fund
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