One Jazzy Jam
Concert in the park supports local children's activities
By John Sollenberger 05/24/2012
The Education for Empowerment benefit concert Jazzy Jam 2012 visits Pasadena’s Central Park Saturday for a day of music supporting good causes. Featured artist is Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, but a variety of other acts will perform traditional jazz, blues, R&B, salsa, Afro-Cuban music and musical tributes to Whitney Houston, Vesta Williams and Teena Marie.
Whalum is legendary for his soulful, passionate playing style. His sound was forged by his Memphis gospel roots and honed by his work in the Houston club scene of the 1980s. During that time, jazz pianist Bob James brought Whalum on tour with him, leading to a string of successful albums. After relocating to LA, he became an in-demand session player and performed with stellar acts, including Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston. That was his sax solo on Houston’s hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Since then, he’s gone on to produce more than two dozen solo recordings. His latest is “Romance Language.” Check him out at kirkwhalum.com.
Proceeds from Jazzy Jam benefit activities for children and youth from Charity Events by Jacqueline, founded by event producer Jacqueline Snell Brown and the Pasadena Arts Council. Visit jazzyjampasadena.com for more information.
Music starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pasadena’s Central Park, Fair Oaks Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena. Tickets are $25 for lawn seating, $65 for reserved seating, $1,000 for VIP table seating for 10. Call (626) 744-8081 or visit jazzyjampasadena.com for tickets and information.