RYTMO Raises Funds with Benefit Concert

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Joey Arreguin (Executive Director of Project RYTMO) and RTYMO Students

Jazz legends Abe Laboriel, Justo Almario (Berklee Alumni), Greg Mathieson, and Bill Maxwell of “Open Hands” brought down the house at the Project RYTMO’s Jazz Generations Benefit Concert.

Students Isai Moran and Stephanie Burritt ,who will be attending this year’s Berklee’s 5-week Summer Performance Program, performed with an all-star group of pro session players including Brazilian composer and arranger Rique Pantoja (Berklee Alumni), Mark Vincent, Hussain Jiffry and Larry Mitchell.  Background vocals were provided by Angie Fisher (Mary J. Blige, Dancing with The Stars, American Idol) and Brandon Winbush (Justin Bieber).

The evening culminated with a new arrangement of the 1987 hit song “Rise” (Herb Albert/A&M Records), with RYTMO students interjecting hip hop lyrics and vocals along with the song’s original bassist, Abraham Laboriel.   We are happy to announce that Project RYTMO met their fundraising goal.  A very special thanks to all the donors and supporters for their help.

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Cellist and Project RYTMO student Stephanie Burritt
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Mike Anderson (Executive Vice President of Project RYTMO) and RYTMO Student

Jazz Generations Benefit Concert at Project RYTMO

Anaheim’s RYTMO (Reaching Youth for Music Opportunities) will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Jazz Generations on Friday, June 14, 2013, 7:30pm at the Sunkist Church of Anaheim: 701 S. Sunkist Street, Anaheim, CA.

The fundraiser will feature the sophisticated jazz sounds of “Open Hands” featuring Abraham Laboriel (bass), Justo Almario (sax), Bill Maxwell( drums) and Greg Mathieson (keyboards).

World-renowned Brazilian composer and pianist, Rique Pantoja will serve as music director for the RYTMO House Band, consisting of RYTMO students and professional musicians including Del Atkins (Patti LaBelle, Pointer Sisters), Ricky Z, (Christina Aguilera, Josh Groban), Angie Fischer (Mary J. Blige, American Idol) and several guest celebrity artists.

Proceeds will go directly to benefit RYTMO students selected to attend the Berklee 5-week Summer Camp in Boston. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information call: (714) 776-0467