Saxman Curtis Haywood Helps Feed the Children

Saxophonist Curtis Haywood is donating a portion of his sales of his self-titled debut recording to two causes: Feed the Children and Self Help Africaposition. Feed The Children helps supply food for the people of Ethiopa and around the globe, while Self Help Africa Self Help Africa is an international development agency engaged in promoting and implementing sustainable development programs in rural Africa.

Haywood’s recording is made up of contemporary jazz originals and soulful interpretations of R&B standards. His soprano on the single “Rain Song” reminds me of Najee or the late George Howard. I think we all should give a new talent, who puts his money where his heart is in this fashion, a try. Give him a listen a try at his web site or MySpace page and buy it at Amazon. It’s out now on Smooth Sounds Records.

New Marcus Johnson Recording Helps YMCA

Marcus Johnson is donating proceeds from his new live CD, In Concert for a Cause to the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. “I believe in supporting organizations that go beyond providing programs and services to the community,” says Johnson. “The YMCA builds community and fosters growth and development for all children and their families.” One dollar of each CD sold will be donated to the YMCA’s annual fundraising campaign also known as “Building Bridges.” In Concert for a Cause is a compilation of Johnson’s live performances at local venues in DC, Maryland and Virginia and is available now.