Jazz Greats Play It Forward to Benefit Music Education in Schools

Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — There are few benefit concerts that bring together world renowned, award-winning jazz artists with newly discovered protégé talent, to play music for the purpose of preserving arts education in public schools. On Thursday May 3rd, 2012 at the Lesher Center for the Arts, the people of the San Francisco Bay Area have a one-night only opportunity to experience such an event.

Under the direction of Jamie Davis, former vocalist of the Count Basie Orchestra, attendees will enjoy toe-tappin’ jazz that stirs the soul. Jamie not only sings with a velvet smooth voice that has been described as a cross between Lou Rawls and Nat King Cole, he has a heart and passion for showcasing new talent that is on the horizon to become the next generation of jazz legends. He will be joined by trumpeter and two-time Grammy winner, Scotty Barnhart, who continues to tour with the Count Basie Orchestra. Additionally, Greg Errico, founding member of Sly & the Family Stone and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, will be playing drums. These are just a few of the class acts coming to town to benefit classrooms all over Walnut Creek.Click Here to listen to Jamie describe the event in more detail.

Tickets include the option of an After Glow party with the performers. For only $20 more, guests will enjoy the opportunity to meet these artists in person. Click Here to purchase tickets.

Underwriting has been provided by outstanding organizations such as Heritage Bank of Commerce, Bank of the West, Verizon, Payroll Systems, Mechanics Bank, Pension Dynamics, Walker & Dunlop, Tampico Terrace Care Center and Jazz Business Consulting.

About the Walnut Creek Education Foundation: The Walnut Creek Education Foundation K-12 (WCEF K-12) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), non-profit tax I.D. # 94-2915151 organization founded in 2005 to maintain academic programs that have been eliminated due to the State’s education budget shortfall. WCEF receives support through financial and in-kind donations from business and corporate partners, parents, alumni, volunteers, grants and the community-at-large. WCEF is managed by a volunteer executive committee, board of trustees, and a paid executive director, all of whom who share a deep commitment to maintaining excellence in the schools. For more information, contact WCEF at (925) 933.WCEF (9233), or http://www.wcefk12.org. On-line donations can also be securely submitted through the WCEF website or mailed to WCEF, P.O. Box 186, Walnut Creek, CA 94597.

About the Unity Music Foundation: The Unity Music Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization established in 2011 by Sam Beler, one of the principal founders of Unity Music LLC. The purpose of the Foundation is simply to use music as a key to assist other nonprofit organizations by providing them a means of raising the needed funds to fulfill their mission and purpose. Just as a musical bridge connects two parts of a song, the Unity Music Foundation helps connect the need and potential of an organization to the resources (financial and other) and assistance that others in the community can provide. Our bridge is an event that brings both sides together to raise the much needed funds as well as to create a greater awareness about the organization itself.


Liz Davis
Walnut Creek Education Foundation

Jody Bagno-Dill
The Unity Music Foundation