It is impressive to note how ardently Americans have come over the past decade-plus to embrace October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons seem to be everywhere and it was a master marketing move to involve professional sports including the National Football League in the drive to raise awareness of and funds to fight this dread disease.
Northern California jazz fans have the opportunity to do their part by attending Sax on the River, set for 1-7 p.m. Saturday at a palatial private residence at 10215 Garden Highway in Sacramento.
The afternoon will feature headlining sets by smooth jazz saxophonists Michael Lington (above) and Elan Trotman. There also will be a salute to Wayman Tisdale, a live auction and performances by Joe Leavy, Hazel Miller and the Cecil Ramirez Group. You can visit the Health Pavilion for free flu shots and wellness information and buy a great lunch from Mama Kim’s and Capital City Catering.
Proceeds benefit the Ol’Loreece Foundation, which works to increase public awareness of men’s health issues, and the Karla J. Williams Foundation, which works to improve the life of women cancer patients while undergoing treatment. Here’s the lowdown on how the event came about.
Sax on the River was conceived by Trisha Friend while enjoying a Tom Braxton show at Harlow’s almost five years ago. During the final number of the night, several local musicians (including) Kim Waters, Jeff Clayton and Garrett Perkins joined Tom onstage. Four amazing saxophonists on the stage at one time playing together made her heart skip a beat.
As a breast cancer survivor, she created the event to promote breast cancer awareness, to give back to a non-profit organization that helps women cancer patients and their families, and
to share her love of jazz, particularly the saxophone, with all her friends and fellow jazz lovers. In the past, Sax on the River has promoted women’s cancer awareness. This year, we are excited to include men in our outreach to help promote health and cancer awareness.
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