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March 2014
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In this Edition
  • Give the Band a Hand - April 6, 2014
  • The Jazz Bakery Wins NEA Award
  • The Doctor’s Corner – Update: Obamacare for Musicians and Singers

Give the Band a Hand

California Jazz Foundation Annual Gala
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 4:30-10:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Downtown
333 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles

Honoring Ruth Price

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Join us for this very special evening as Quincy Jones introduces his dear friend Ruth Price, the extraordinary impresario of The Jazz Bakery.

Honorary Dinner Co-Chairs
Alan Bergman
Kenny Burrell
Quincy Jones
Dr. Bobby Rodriguez

Music by legendary masters of Brotherly Jazz, Jimmy & Albert “Tootie” Heath and 
John & Jeff Clayton, plus Billy Childs, Gerry Gibbs, John Beasley, Tony Dumas, Mike Lang, Edwin Livingston, Tom Ranier, Dwight Trible, Rickey Woodard and more.

Tickets are still available!

Tickets are $200 each. Visit to order tickets online. For information or sponsorship opportunities call (818) 261-0057 or email

Proceeds will support the California Jazz Foundation’s programs to assist 
California’s jazz musicians in financial or medical crisis.


The Jazz Bakery Wins NEA Award

An NEA Artworks Grant of $15,000 was awarded to the Jazz Bakery to fund performances by NEA Jazz Masters Ron Carter, Kenny Baron, and Toshiko Akioshi. Each Master will conduct a master class and present a pre-concert lecture. Performances will be held at the Colburn School of Music, the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, and the Japan America theater. All will be held during 2014.

The California Jazz Foundations salutes the Jazz Bakery on winning this prestigious award.

The Doctor's Corner -

Update: Obamacare for Musicians and Singers


Jazz musicians, singers, and other music professionals are most likely over-represented in the group of Americans who do not have health insurance coverage either through their work or on an individual basis. In addition, they tend to fall into lower income groups. These facts make them ideal candidates to benefit from the new healthcare reform law, but there is little evidence that they are taking advantage of its benefits. This seeming lack of interest may be based on not receiving information that is clear and precise. The California Jazz Foundation is determined to provide information and assistance in an effort to provide yet another avenue to improving the health of those in need.


Mandated nationwide health insurance coverage officially began January 1, 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), widely known as Obamacare, following an open enrollment period which will last until March 31. Despite early glitches in the federal enrollment process ( which began last October, the system is now up and working. the state insurance marketplace called Covered California.


About 80% of new enrollees qualify for financial assistance. Many Americans who enroll qualify for federal subsidies if they make less than four times the federal poverty level, or about $94,000 for a family of 4.


The law forbids insurers from refusing coverage or increasing costs because of preexisting conditions, which previously kept millions of people from obtaining insurance. The ACA is providing huge advantages and benefits for the vast majority of Americans, especially the neediest among us. Musicians and singers will help themselves to better health by signing up now.


For more information, go to in California,,, or use Twitter, #getcovered. There is an excellent video about Obamacare at


Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, FAHA

Member, Board of Directors

 California Jazz Foundation 

The California Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to aid and assist California jazz musicians in crisis.  We are 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.



Peggy Barber
Bob Barry

Martin Berg
Edythe L. Bronston, Esq.
Paul F. Cohen, Esq. 
Gary Garbowitz .
Hon. Arnold Levin (Ret.)
Dominic LoBuglio, CPA
Greg Porée
Richard Ritz
Phil Seymour
Kirk Silsbee
Richard A. Williams, M.D.
Mary I. Wilson
Jeffrey Winston


Barbara J. Brighton

Kenny Burrell
John Clayton
Buddy Collette *

Myrna Daniels

Kenny Dennis 

Hal Espinosa
David M. Frisch, M.D.
Terry Gibbs
E. J. Gold

Charley Harrison
Peter Himmelman
Hanne Johnson

George Kahn
Joseph Kahn, M.D.
Linda Knipe

Stephen Maitland-Lewis

Mike Melvoin*
Phil Norman
Mike Peak
Catalina Popescu
Dr. Bobby Rodriguez

Joe Rothman
Vince Trombetta
April Williams


* In Memoriam 





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Did you know?
According to a 2003 study of the jazz industry in 4 metropolitan areas, by the Research Center for Arts and Culture in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts, almost 66% of San Francisco jazz musicians earned less than $7,000 per year. Our difficult economy continues to pose ever increasing challenges for jazz artists in all communities. Older musicians often have no social security (and thus, no free medicare) and are either uninsured or underinsured; some see no residuals from important work they did in their productive years. Younger musicians have difficulty sustaining careers in jazz due to the closing of venues and the way in which music is now marketed. As a whole, this population lives on the "edge" with little or no social services available to them.


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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 membership and/or donation is fully tax-deductible.


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