SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

 

CONTACT:  BETH WERNICK                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.453.8402                                                     09 MAY 2007

 

SAMOHI JAZZ BAND FUNRAISER WITH JAZZ PIANIST GEORGE KAHN

 

The George Kahn “West Coast Jazz” Quintet will perform a concert/fundraiser that benefits the Santa Monica High School Jazz Band, as well as the Santa Monica Public School music programs, at The Jazz Bakery on Sunday afternoon, June 3rd  from 3:00-6:00 PM. 

 

This ‘all ages’ event will feature Jazz Pianist, George Kahn, along with renowned Saxophone player, Justo Almario, and on trumpet, direct from the American Idol Band, Harry Kim.   Also playing with George will be the incomparable M.B. Gordy on drums and Karl Vincent on standup bass.

 

Opening for George will be the award-winning Santa Monica High School Big Band, under the direction of Mr. Tom Whaley, SMMUSD’s Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator.   After a short break, The George Kahn “West Coast Jazz” quintet will perform a full set.  This afternoon of great jazz is perfect for students, jazz lovers, and jazz lovers who have kids who are often not able to make it out for evening music performances.  This is a terrific way to spend time with the family and to expose them to jazz while also supporting music education in the public schools.  This event promises to be entertaining, educational, and rewarding.

 

The event will most likely sell-out, so we recommend arriving by 2:15 PM for the best seating.  The Samohi Jazz band will begin at 3:00 PM and the “West Coast Jazz” Quintet will perform immediately following on the same stage.   The Jazz Bakery is located at 3233 Helms Avenue, Culver City, CA 90034 (310-271-9039).  Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the Jazz Bakery: www.jazzbakery.com.

 

Tickets for this concert are $25.00 per person and $13.00 for students under 21 with ID.

ALL profits from the show will directly support the Samohi Jazz Band.

 

George Kahn’s latest CD release “…Compared To What?” has been featured on Radio KKJZ, as well as on radio stations across the country.  The CD reached #28 on the Jazz Radio Charts and has garnered rave reviews.

 

“Each song…is chock full of delicious and delightful concepts, all coalescing into a lovely montage of sounds...Compared to What? has few comparisons; its a truly original work.”

– George Harris, All About Jazz.

 

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SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

1651 16TH Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

ph: 310.450.8338; fax: 310.581.1138

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