This Special Fundraising Concert is happening in Cambridge in the acoustically excellent sanctuary of The Abundant Life
Church. Please join us for an evening of memorable music and show your support for jazz in Cambridge. It will be a
unique opportunity to hear the styles of three outstanding pianists: the established mastery of George W. Russell Jr.;
the cutting-edge harmonies of Laszlo Gardony; and the fresh, hot sounds of Yoko Miwa ... all in one place at one time,
backed up by the solid rhythm section of Ron Mahdi (bass) and Ron Savage (drums). All proceeds will go towards
helping the Cambridge Jazz Festival meet financial obligations that will allow this summer’s Third Annual Cambridge Jazz
Festival continue to be FREE to the public.
George W. Russell Jr. has played with Jazz greats Bob Moses and Stanley Clark among others, and also the
legendary George Duke. He’s been called “a fresh voice for inspirational jazz” with stylings that “arouse the
intellect and touch the soul”. He has played to sold out audiences at Scullers Jazz Club and the Regatta Bar.
Laszlo Gardony has brought his soulful improvisations to audiences in 26 countries. His albums have earned
praise for “fluid pianism” (New York Times) and for “uniformly high quality of compositions” (All About Jazz). He
has appeared with Randy Brecker, John Blake and David “Fathead” Newman and released eleven albums.
Yoko Miwa has played to sold-out performances in the US and Japan; performed and recorded with Slide
Hampton, Terri Lynn Carrington, Esperanza Spalding and Kevin Mahogany. She has recorded six highly acclaimed
CDs. The Legendary pianist Benny Green says: “I greatly appreciate and respect the clarity and strength of
Yoko’s playing … the honesty, care and depth of foundation she touches with the piano.” Jazz magazine said:
“she displays unpretentious melodies, elegant phrasing, and the lyrical sensibility of a jazz poet.”
Everyone attending the performance will enjoy a unique jazz experience, while helping to support the Third Annual
Cambridge Jazz Festival at Danehy Park.