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Give the Band a Hand

Give the Band a Hand was a rousing success! Click here to see a slideshow of the event.

The 2014 Gala on April 6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Los Angeles was a stellar event. Ruth Price, founder and impresario of the Jazz Bakery, was awarded CJF’s first Nica for lifetime achievement.



Edy Bronston presented the Nica to Ruth Price.
Photo by Bob Barry

Masters in the jazz world, all of whom have played at the Jazz Bakery, presented the best in jazz. On stage were the Heath Brothers Quartet, the Clayton Brothers and Billy Childs with their Sextet, the Gerry Gibbs Quartet, Dwight Trible with John Beasley, and Mike Lang.

LeRoy Downs was the MC. A silent auction preceded the program, and Mark Shustrin presided over the live auction. Ruth was presented with a video of her life, video tributes from musician unable to be there, and remarks from the Jazz Bakery board.

This was truly a gala worthy of the name. Proceeds of the event will support the CJF mission to assist California’s jazz musicians in financial or medical crisis.


The California Jazz Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit organization created to aid and assist California jazz musicians in financial or medical crisis. Established in 2006, the Foundation was formed to fulfill an unmet critical need to help these talented artists who have given us so much pleasure over the years – often with so little reward.

The California Jazz Foundation is committed to providing access to quality social and economic services for all eligible applicants. We do so through a team of caring, knowledgeable professionals in collaboration with community partners.


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TESTIMONIALS


You made me proud to call myself a jazz musician because your efforts demonstrate a love, respect, and genuine concern for us I did not know existed. You allowed me to endure the healing process with courage and dignity.

SANDRA BOOKER
Jazz Vocalist


We are proud to report that since our founding in 2006, we have accomplished a great deal and touched the lives of countless California jazz musicians. The many services we've provided include arranging for desperately needed dental work, in-home nursing care, transportation to physical therapy, MRI's, discount prescriptions, hearing examinations, housing relocation, rent and utility payments and instrument replacement.


I am very happy to serve on the Advisory Board and to support the California Jazz Foundation. This group is strongly committed to helping jazz musicians in crisis. Their dedication to assisting those who have given so much is deeply appreciated.

KENNY BURRELL
Guitarist
CJF Advisory Board Member


We have established a growing network of medical professionals in every discipline, ready to provide essential healthcare services to qualified recipients on a sliding-scale basis. Beyond these services, our membership in the Entertainment Assistance Cooperative enables us to expand the safety net for our musicians.

The California Jazz Foundation also seeks to avert crises by raising musicians' awareness of the importance of prevention and early treatment of disease through free public education and community outreach programs.


By some miracle, I was put in touch with the California Jazz Foundation, and they generously sprang to my rescue... They have enabled many of us to go on, doing what we believe in and spreading music that brings joy to millions!

NOEL JEWKES
Saxophonist


As a charitable nonprofit organization, the California Jazz Foundation relies on membership and support, not only from jazz lovers but all those who value the arts! Your support will allow us to continue helping California's jazz musicians in time of need. Won't you join us?

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