Top Names Assemble for Jazz for Japan Benefit Recording

Jazz for Japan benefit recordingJazz For Japan is a benefit album recorded in two days by 25 of the top jazz musicians in the world benefiting the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. The recordings took place last week in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Legendary and Grammy nominated performers include: Kenny G, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, George Duke, Rickey Minor, Tom Scott, Billy Childs, Boney James, Lee Ritenour, Keiko Matsui, Bob James, and many others.

Larry Robinson, Jazz For Japan producer states; “This project came about after discussing the tragic aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan with my co-workers. I told them that many of the American jazz musicians tour Japan numerous times a year. It was at that moment the seeds of Jazz For Japan were born. Within five days we called all our jazz friends and put together this truly amazing line up of musicians to record at Hollywood’s famous Capitol Recording Studio who all donated their time.”

The album features jazz standards including “Maiden Voyage,” “Body & Soul,” “Watermelon Man,” “So What,” “Sophisticated Lady,” etc. along with a DVD release including interviews with the artists stating their support and sympathy for the Japanese people. “You, the Japanese people inspire us with your resilience. We are trying to send our strength with what we have – and that’s music,” states Steve Gadd (drummer, performing on “Maiden Voyage”, and “So What”).

Jazz For Japan is being produced by Avatar Records and is available now worldwide via iTunes with profits benefiting the International Red Cross in Japan.

ContemporaryJazz.com Radio Fundraiser Update

Thanks to PayPal donations from Robin and Dan & Gina, and a Live365.com gift certificate from Isaiah, plus a new high in rewards from VIP listeners and savings I’ve been keeping for this, ContemporaryJazz.com Radio now only needs $150 to renew its annual fee to continue! As I posted previously, I pay an annual amount to Live365.com to keep the station going. Live365 pays the music licensing fees to ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. My annual payment is due March 27.

I know it’s the most difficult economic time I’ve seen in my lifetime. But I think there are 10 fans who can give $15 each to keep this going. That’s all it would take. Be one of the ten! Again, I’ve been saving for this so I wouldn’t have to ask for help. I’m still offering to send a CD to anyone who contributes at least $30.

A couple of years ago, when the royalty rate for Internet broadcasters was raised astronomically, I wrote about why I do the radio station (then called tomorrowJazz Radio). My desire to continue sharing music I enjoy has not changed and would like to continue. I hope you’ll consider donating. Here’s how.

ContemporaryJazz.com Radio Fundraiser

On March 27, the amount I pay annually to keep ContemporaryJazz.com Radio will come due. My station is on Live365.com who pays the ASCAP, SESAC, and BMI licensing fees. When I play an artist, they get paid. I’ve been saving credit received through VIP memberships. I’ve saved $50 through that – thanks VIP listeners! However, it isn’t enough. To keep ContemporaryJazz.com Radio going to April 2010, I need to raise another $300.

There are a couple of ways you can contribute:

PayPal. Click the button below to donate any amount you’d like through PayPal. You can use bank information or any major credit card.















Live365.com Gift Certificate. On the Live365 page, choose the last option where you choose the amount. You can contribute anything from $5 to $100. The recipient is me and my email address is john at contemporaryjazz.com.

If there is another method you’d prefer to donate, please email me at john at contemporaryjazz.com.

If you’d drop me a note letting me know that you contributed, I’d appreciate it. You might want to include a mailing address. I’ll send a CD to anyone who contributes $30 or more. I’ve got limited quantities of Rendezvous Lounge 2 (chill/jazz compilation), Explorations – Classic Picante Regrooved (Latin jazz remixed), and Jeff Lorber’s Heard That discs I will give away as a token of my gratitude.

UPDATED: Sanborn Auctions To Benefit VH1 Save the Music Foundation

SAXOPHONE LEGEND DAVID SANBORN TO PARTICIPATE IN A SPECIAL eBAY AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION

(NEW YORK, NY) – Maverick saxophonist David Sanborn has performed alongside such heavyweights as James Brown, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and innumerable others. Sanborn is stepping up in support of young musicians across the country, participating in two exclusive auctions to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, which repairs, purchases, and donates instruments for public school music programs.

Beginning on October 14th and closing on October 24th on eBay.com. The auction boasts two tickets to any one of Sanborn’s upcoming tour dates (listed below), a meet and greet with Sanborn, and an autographed copy of Sanborn’s acclaimed new CD Here and Gone (Decca).

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