Jazz For Japan
(Published: April 12, 2011)
"Jazz For Japan" Benefits Earthquake and Tsunami Victims
Los Angeles, CA - Jazz For Japan is a benefit album recorded in two (2) days by 25 of the top jazz
musicians in the world benefiting the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. The recordings took
place last week in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Legendary and Grammy nominated
performers include: Kenny G, George Duke, Rickey Minor, Tom Scott, Alex Acuna, Nathan East,
Clarence McDonald, Ndugu Chancler, Billy Childs, Boney James, Lee Ritenour, Keiko Matsui,
Steve Gadd, Bob James and many others.
Larry Robinson, Jazz For Japan producer states; "This project came about after discussing the tragic
aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan with my co-workers. I told them that many of the
American Jazz musicians tour Japan numerous times a year. It was at that moment the seeds of Jazz
For Japan were born. Within 5 days we called all our Jazz friends and put together this truly amazing
line up of musicians to record at Hollywood's famous Capitol Recording Studio who all donated their
The album features jazz standards including "Maiden Voyage", "Body & Soul", "Watermelon Man",
"So What", "Sophisticated Lady", written by composers including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis,
Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Wayne Shorter and others. A DVD release including interviews with
the artists stating their support and sympathy for the Japanese people is also in production. "The
Japanese people inspire us with your resilience. We are trying to send our strength with what we have -
and that's music". states Steve Gadd (drummer, performing on "Maiden Voyage", and "So What").
These musicians have come together to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives and to a
community that continues to support Jazz. "I'm truly happy to be a part of this wonderful project in
support of the relief efforts in Japan." says Rickey Minor (bassist and band leader of The Tonight
Show) whose band performed "Footprints".
Jazz For Japan is being produced by Avatar Records and will be released April 5th worldwide via
iTunes with profits benefiting the International Red Cross in Japan.
More Information: http://GLOBAL MEDIA/PUBLICITY CONTACT: Lynnette Jenkins – firstname.lastname@example.org 001.323.906.1500 http://www.AvatarRecords.com