An Afternoon of Jazz - Support PING

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By Melissa Ford

Coach - Personal & Business

Come out with your family on Sunday, April 17th from 1:30 - 4:30 to experience “An Afternoon of Jazz” at FitzGerald’s Night Club, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn AND. . 

Experience jazz at it’s finest: 

* Jazz ensembles and student musicians from Beye School, Julian and Brooks Middle Schools and OPRF High School and featured guests:

* Joel and Susie Raney, well-known Chicago musicians and River Forest residents will be performing. Susie is a cabaret artist of national distinction, performing for President Carter, and winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Musical,” Pumpboys and Dinettes. Joel is a pianist, composer and music producer. He writes and produces music for television at his Chicago Production company and studio, CATFISH MUSIC.

Chris Weller, an OPRF jazz ensemble alum and now playing professionally in Chicago and Boston and supports PING! by giving private lessons to a young PING! sax player. 

Support local student musicians:

* PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation), a volunteer-run organization providing band and orchestra instruments and music enrichment to low-income 4th - 12th grade students in School Districts 90, 97, and 200. This year over 150 students are participating in band or orchestra due to PING! support.

Your contribution?

  • Tickets are $10 for adults, $25 for families and $5 for students. Bring a band or orchestra instrument to donate to PING! and your family attends for free. There will be a cash bar and you may order food from Wishbone. Doors open at 1 pm.
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Mary Alice Povolny from River Forest  

Posted: April 14th, 2011 10:03 AM

PING! is an amazing program and increibly important in our community!! Our foster daughter received an instrument from PING!, worked with a peer mentor/role model to help her catch up musically and grew from the cultural opportunities that they was invaluable to helping her be a better person! Sunday will be a great day...listening to jazz and supporting a terrific just doesn't get any better than that!

Elinor Crane from Oak Park  

Posted: April 13th, 2011 3:35 PM

PING! will also sell raffle tickets at the event to win a new Apple IPAD 2 which will be delivered to your home in early May.

Susan Parks from Oak Park  

Posted: April 13th, 2011 3:10 PM

April is Jazz Appreciation month - this will be great chance to hear up and coming jazz musicians as well as professionals, while also supporting PING!

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