‘In Concert for Cancer’ Still Set for March 11 Aboard USS Midway Museum; Fundraiser for Scripps Not Affected by Cancellation of Oasis Jazz Awards

SAN DIEGO – A jazz concert to benefit research and patient services at Scripps Cancer Center is still set for Friday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. aboard the USS Midway Museum, despite Monday’s announced cancellation of the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards that was planned for this weekend.

The inaugural “In Concert for Cancer” fundraising concert is an independently produced event and will feature a lineup of six world-renowned jazz recording artists, who will perform under the stars on the aircraft carrier museum’s flight deck. Headlining artists include guitarist Richard Smith, keyboardist Gregg Karukas, and fellow saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole. Special guest artists for the evening include saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair and saxophonist Kim Waters. Kashiwa, Cole and Waters will also perform as the traveling trio known as the “Sax Pack.”

“In Concert for Cancer is standing strong and we’re excited to welcome the San Diego community to an amazing night of music to benefit a tremendously worthwhile cause,” said Michele Abrams, founder of Cjazz, the event’s producer. “We’ve sold more than 550 tickets to In Concert for Cancer, which reflects strong community support for our artists and for Scripps Cancer Center.”

Abrams says the approximately 150 people who bought tickets for “In Concert for Cancer” as part of their Oasis VIP package will have tickets waiting for them at the registration table at the USS Midway Friday night. Cjazz is also offering comp tickets to “In Concert for Cancer” to the 54 people who each won a pair of tickets on KIFM radio to the now-cancelled Oasis awards program, which had been planned for Saturday night.

General admission tickets to “In Concert for Cancer” are $50 per person. To purchase advance tickets, please visit www.cjazz.com. Tickets will also be available the night of the performance at the USS Midway Museum, located at 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.

“In Concert for Cancer” is produced by Cjazz and presented by Scripps Health. Additional sponsors and partners include: Wells Fargo, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Anthology, Sony, Smooth Jazz Spot, Mojo Factory Productions, Tickets Oregon, Smooth Jazz 98.1, PromoLab, Richard Duval Images and Prime Time Entertainment.

About Cjazz
Since 1994, Cjazz has promoted, produced and presented recording artists of contemporary music. Cjazz was founded by Michele Abrams, an entertainment industry professional residing in Seattle, Wash. An accomplished special events producer, Abrams has created and produced music events for Grand Hyatt Hotels, The National Basketball Association, The YWCA of Kauai, Yamaha Music, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, The Kirkland Performance Center, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Passionate about music and philanthropy, Abrams has a special interest in supporting cancer research organizations. She lost both parents to cancer which was the impetus to using her experience in the music industry to support the fight against the disease. More information about Cjazz can be found at www.cjazz.com.

About Scripps Health
Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2.3 billion nonprofit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,500 affiliated physicians and 13,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of physician offices and 22 outpatient centers and clinics. Scripps has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 10 health systems in the nation for quality care. Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research, genomic medicine, wireless health and graduate medical education. With three highly respected graduate medical education programs, Scripps is a longstanding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. More information can be found at www.scripps.org.

Contact: Steve Carpowich
Phone: 858-678-7183
E-mail: carpowich.stephen@scrippshealth.org