Jazz from the heart

Jazz from the heart

Jazz Del Corazon aims to aid musicians with health needs

By John Sollenberger 02/20/2014

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As independent contractors, many working musicians don’t have access to company health benefits. When medical afflictions spring up, they’re frequently left to their own devices, unless they’ve managed to acquire insurance on their own. 

LA singer Jackie Gibson conceived the idea of helping fellow musicians and friends facing medical bills and, with producer Clifford Bell, created the Jazz Del Corazon music benefit series. 

Sunday, the opening event in the series is a mini jazz festival benefiting Pasadena sax and woodwind player Jerry Monteros at Pasadena’s redwhite+bluezz restaurant. Monteros faced an ongoing heart condition that landed him in the hospital at least 47 times, forcing him to give up his job before receiving a heart transplant. 

“I truly feel that we need to reach out to help our fellow musicians and singers,” Gibson said. “A lot of the time, musicians, who follow their passion and do not have a ‘day gig’ to sustain themselves, struggle and some do not have insurance. We singers need to come together for each other and help one another.” 

Sunday’s “Jazz Brunch to Lunch” features Monteros’ band, Watercolors, along with Dolores Scozzesi, Quinn Johnson, Lauren White, Lorraina Marro, Mitch Ellis and Pierre Chambers and with music direction by Steve Rawlins.

Music runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at redwhite+bluezz, 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Admission is a suggested donation of $20; food and drink are extra. Call (626) 792-4441 for reservations, and visit redwhitebluezz.com.  

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