News Release CONTACT: Debra R. Cerritelli
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Jazz for Peace to Perform in San Ramon, CA
"After historic concerts in Africa and Brazil (click here for details), Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace perform for Hope for Women and Children”
San Ramon, CA – On Saturday, April 14, 2012, Special VIP Dinner starting at 5:00 PM with a solo performance by Rick DellaRatta, Dinner and other festivities. Concert Portion of the event 8:00 PM doors open at 7:30PM. Jazz for Peace, featuring Singer / Pianist / Composer, Rick DellaRatta - considered by many to be one of the finest jazz artists performing today - and his band, will perform a special Benefit Concert for Hope for Women and Children in the San Ramon Marriott located near San Francisco in San Ramon, CA at 2600 Bishop Drive. Joining Rick for this Special Event will be celebrated Afghan singer, Najim Nawabi. To purchase tickets please contact 866-208-3845 or go to www.jazzforpeace.org.
Hope For Women & Children is organized to save, strengthen, and empower the lives of women and children in need. The organization provides shelter, food, financial assistance, medical assistance, and mental health services to the needy in Afghanistan and around the globe. For more information please visit the organization’s website: www.hopeforwomenandchildren.org.
Jazz for Peace rose from the ashes of the horrifying tragedy of 9/11 starting with a poem that was written witnessing those very events on a rooftop less than a quarter of a mile away from Ground Zero on that fateful morning. As we approach our 10th Anniversary of the historic concert at the United Nations we are putting a special priority on helping outstanding causes to bring our world together and unite people in a positive way by helping those who are helping others.
Rick DellaRatta is now considered by many to be one of the finest singer/pianists performing today and one of only a handful of Jazz artists who can make a successful musical presentation to a large audience without having to abandon the true art form of Jazz. Having performed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Paquito D' Rivera, his unique and original piano playing and composing has been compared in print to Chick Corea, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner and Thelonius Monk, while his signature vocal sound and style has been likened to Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Michael Franks and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Recently, Rick DellaRatta was included in the Book “Jazz Singers” as one of the top Jazz vocalists of all time and by The Foundation Center in their list of the top musician philanthropists of our time, along with Bono (U2), Elton John, Peter Gabriel and Sting.
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For complete tour schedule and additional info please visit www.jazzforpeace.org
Najim Nawabi, due to the deteriorating Afghan political and security scene, sought refuge in Pakistan and later in Fremont, California. Although his mentorship was in classical Afghan music, he soon was able to transform himself to better adapt with the taste and style of Afghan Diaspora in the west. While in Fremont, Najim met Ustad Ajoy Chakrabaty, which gave him an opportunity to sing in Hindi and Urdu. For More information on Najim Nawabi please visit www.najimnawabi.com.
When & Where
Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace
On September 25, 2002 Jazz pianist and vocalist Rick DellaRatta was invited to lead a band consisting of Israeli, Middle Eastern, European, Asian and American Jazz Musicians in a concert inside the United Nations for an International audience in what is now considered one of the significant cultural events of our time. Rick named this band JAZZ FOR PEACE™ and has since performed over 800 Benefit Concerts to raise funds, publicity and awareness for outstanding organizations in need worldwide. In addition Jazz for Peace performs educational programs bringing music and Jazz back into the schools and donates musical instruments to underprivileged children. Jazz for Peace concerts have featured Rick DellaRatta along with such notable jazz artists as Paquito D’Rivera, Victor Lewis, Lenny White, Eddie Gomez, Dave Valentin, Ray Mantilla, Rick Margitza and many others. Mr. DellaRatta’s Jazz influenced orchestral composition “Permutata” was recently recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra.
For more information please visit: http://www.jazzforpeace.org