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Jazz Musicians Raise Money for Victims of Earthquake and Tsunami

John Zorn, ELEW and Yoshi's hosting benefit concerts and events taking place in New York City and San Francisco

Numerous jazz artists and organizations are stepping up to host benefits and fundraisers for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. We will try to alert readers to as many as we hear about. Here are three we’ve heard about recently, presented in chronological order.

John Zorn, who has always had close ties to Japan, has organized a benefit concert for Sunday, March 27 at the Miller Theatre in New York City. “The tragedy and devastation is really overwhelming,” said Zorn, in a press release received at JT. “I’ve always felt a strong personal connection to Japan, and I’m just glad to be able to do my part to help. It should be an amazing night.” The lineup includes feature performances by musician and artist Yoko Ono, along with her son Sean Lennon; Japanese-American indie duo Cibo Matto; and rock band Sonic Youth. Vocalist Mike Patton will appear as a special guest, and Mephista (with Susie Ibarra on drums, Sylvie Courvoisier on piano and Ikue Mori on electronics), Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, and John Zorn’s Aleph Trio (with Zorn on saxophones, Trevor Dunn on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums) will also play short sets. According to the press release, both the performers and the theater are donating their services, so that 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. For more information, you can visit the Miller Theatre website.

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