Dodgers Press Release
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation presents Jazz on the Grass benefitting the Jackie Robinson Foundation October 6
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) announced today that JAZZ on the Grass (JOTG) tickets are available. JOTG is a benefit concert supporting the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides scholarships and comprehensive support services to minority students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. The event will take place at a private residence in Sherman Oaks on Sunday, October 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. NLDS Game 3 will air live at this event.
In an effort to continue to honor Jackie Robinson's legacy and increase resources for gifted students of color, LADF is proud to host the 2013 benefit which will feature phenomenal Jazz, mouthwatering cuisine, cocktails and both a silent and live auction with unique items and experiences.
Past performers at JAZZ on the Grass have included the late George Duke, Kenny Rankin, Sheila E., Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne and Dave Koz. This year's all-star lineup features:
- Marcus Miller: American jazz composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a bass guitarist
- Poncho Sanchez: Mexican-American conguero, Latin jazz band leader and salsa singer who in 2000 along with his ensemble won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for the Concord Picante album Latin Soul
- Amanda Brown: American R&B/Alternative singer-songwriter and contestant on the third season of NBC's "The Voice" who finished in the top six on the show
- Ray Parker Jr.: guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist
- Freda Payne: singer and actress best known for 1970 hit single, "Band of Gold"
- Miki Howard: singer and actress who had a string of Top 10 hit songs in the late 1980s and early 1990s several which peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B Singles chart
- Patrice Rushen: composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist whose 1982 single, "Forget Me Nots," received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
- Sylvester Rivers: Composer, producer, arranger and pianist who has recorded with numerous hit artists including Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, The Jacksons, Dionne Warwick, New Edition, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Barry White and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few
- Sibusiso Victor Masondo: writer and jazz bassist extraordinaire
- Bill Cantos: keyboardist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer who has toured and/or recorded with Phil Collins, Elton John, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan and Barry Manilow, just to name a few
- Eric Darius: smooth Jazz saxophonist and composer
- Jeff Bradshaw: Jazz trombonist writer, arranger, producer and singer who has toured with artists including Jill Scott, The Roots, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Common, just to name a few
- Salli Richardson: songtress and TV and film actress known for her role as Dr. Allison Blake on the sci-fi TV series "Eureka" and voice acting as Elisa Maza on the Disney animated series "Gargoyles"
JOTG offers its sponsors the chance to elevate their visibility among leaders in the entertainment, corporate and business realm while supporting the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program. Sponsorship opportunities are open at various levels, individual tickets are $400 and both sponsorship packages and individual tickets can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/jazzonthegrass or by calling (323) 224-4235.
JOTG Honorary Host Committee includes, Sharon Robinson, Don and Karen Newcombe, "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Matt Kemp, Frank Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Paula Madison.
*Performers and attendees subject to change.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is a 501©3 organization and the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Our primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in sports, education and health benefitting children and families throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, our goal is to harness the power of our brand and the passion our fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in under-served communities.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation
The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, not-for-public, national organization founded in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson and his heroic achievements. The Foundation provides college and graduate school scholarships in conjunction with comprehensive programmatic support and leadership development opportunities for students of color with strong capabilities but limited financial resources. Over its 40-year history the Foundation has provided $60 million in grants and direct program support. JRF "Scholars" maintain a consistent nearly 100% graduation rate.