San Diego – World-renowned jazz artist Mindi Abair has joined the musical lineup for the inaugural In Concert for Cancer, set for Friday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum, alongside Navy Pier in downtown San Diego. The contemporary jazz concert will benefit research and patient services at Scripps Cancer Center.
“Mindi is a musical innovator who stretches the boundaries of less traditional jazz with skill and style,” said Michele Abrams, founder of Cjazz, the concert’s production company. “Her skills as a saxophonist, singer and songwriter create a special connection with audiences and appeal to a broad range of music fans.”
Also joining the star studded lineup as a special guest artist is saxophonist Kim Waters. Waters will perform with headlining artists guitarist Richard Smith, keyboardist Gregg Karukas, and fellow saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole. Kashiwa, Cole and Waters also will perform as the traveling trio known as the “Sax Pack.”
General admission tickets are $50 per person. VIP tickets are available for $100 per person and include front-row seating and backstage meet-and-greet with world-class musicians prior to the show. To purchase tickets, please visit www.cjazz.com. The USS Midway Museum is 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, Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards, Tickets Oregon, Smooth Jazz 98.1, PromoLab, Richard Duval Images and Prime Time Entertainment.
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.
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.