Cobi Narita Hosts Jazz Concert in NYC to Benefit Parkinson’s Unity Walk

Cobi Narita has been a tireless champion of jazz and its practitioners for over four decades. As the founder of the Universal Jazz Coalition, the Jazz Center of New York and International Women in Jazz, Narita has made an indelible impression on the New York jazz scene. So it’s very much in character for the octogenarian community activist to turn her own personal battle with Parkinson’s disease into an opportunity to help others afflicted with the illness.

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On Sunday, April 18, 2010, Narita will host a special benefit concert at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City to raise funds to support Parkinson’s Unity Walk. The 16th annual Walk takes place on Saturday, April 24, from 10 am to 3 pm in Central Park. Narita will be there in her wheelchair heading up Team CobiJazz.

Performing at the concert at Saint Peter’s will be Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché, Terell Stafford Quintet, Doc Vollmer's Harlem Blues and Jazz Band as well as vocalists Tina Fabrique, Carline Ray and Jeree Wade, accompanied by the Frank Owens Trio. Produced by Narita, the concert will be hosted by the Rev. Dale R. Lind, Jazz Pastor Emeritus of Saint Peter's Church, and Narita's husband, Paul J. Ash, President of Sam Ash Music Stores.

According to a press release received at JT, Narita chose Unity Walk because 100 percent of all donations goes to research through the seven major U.S. Parkinson's disease organizations. Narita's goal is to raise $10,000, which will be her birthday present to Parkinson's research and an apt tribute to Parkinson's Awareness Month (April). Last year over 10,000 people participated in the Walk and raised a total of $1.5 million.

To donate on line, log on to the Unity Walk web site. Donations also may be sent directly to Parkinson's Unity Walk, PO Box 275, Kingston, NJ 08528; include a note on Memo Line: for Team CobiJazz. To join the Walk, register on line at the Unity Walk web site and sign up to Team CobiJazz.

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