The following message is from my dear friend and a wonderful performer, W. Allen Taylor:
If you are free on Sunday, 7/19 between 3-6pm, please join me for a special musical fundraiser at Anna's Jazz Island. I'll be singing jazz standards and raising money for my good friend and former colleague, Carla Zilbersmith, who is currently battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
The band will feature some of the bay area's finest musicians and if you like your jazz straight-ahead, you won't be disappointed...they will definitely be swinging! The suggested donation for the afternoon is $25 (anything above will be greatly appreciated but no one will be turned away for lack of funds).
Anna's Jazz Island is located in downtown Berkeley at 2120 Allston Way (just east of Shattuck Ave.). The best parking garage is on Allston Way between Shattuck and Milvia Street (next block west), although street parking is available if you have good parking karma.
For more information, check out the website of this premiere venue for jazz at www.annasjazzisland.com. Please feel free to forward this info to anyone who loves this music and/or would love to support Carla.
Hope to see you there.
Peace and love,
Here's me and Allen in a pre-wheelchair publicity photo. Damn, we're good lookin'!: