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Jarreau, Yellowjackets Play Benefit in L.A.

On Saturday, October 9, the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) hosted the fifth annual “An Evening For The Station,” which netted $85,000 for Union Station Foundation, one of the largest private agencies serving the poor and homeless in the West San Gabriel Valley and Greater Los Angeles. Actor Hector Elizondo served as the master of ceremonies (and sang and played congas) for a lineup that included singer Al Jarreau (pictured), Yellowjackets, actor/pianist Jeff Goldblum, vocalists Kevyn Lettau, Jean Baylor, the Perri Sisters and acoustic/electric bassist Dean Taba.

The musical theme for this year’s event was “Jazz Standards – And Not So Standard Jazz.” Russell Ferrante, coproducer of the concert said, “Al Jarreau was a perfect choice for this event because he’s just released his own CD of jazz standards. He has this ability to reach out and connect with audiences-his spirit of generosity and giving touches everyone. One of the most poignant moments was when he spoke about the importance of helping those in need. His connection to the homeless and people on the margins comes from his early experiences as a social worker in Milwaukee and San Francisco. In performance, Al was wholly engaged and inspiring to everyone onstage. He was our musical mentor.”

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