Jazz Stars Salute JIMI HENDRIX To Raise Funds For Tsunami Relief

March 12, 2005

iBerkshires.com is reporting that four of the world's greatest jazz saxophonists will blow their horns in a tribute to Jimi Hendrix to raise funds for longterm housing in Sri Lanka for victims of this winter's tsunami. The legendary World Saxophone Quartet, featuring David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake and Bruce Williams, will be performing Saturday, March 26, at 7pm at the Berkshire Music Hall in Pittsfield, MA.

Pittsfield's own youth drum and dance group, Youth Alive, will open the benefit concert, a collaborative presentation between Helsinki Presents and the Railroad Street Youth Project (www.rsyp.org),in cooperation with the City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development. Media sponsors include the Valley Advocate.

Proceeds from the concert will go to Tsunami Relief, Inc., a not-for-profit Sri Lankan-based charity dedicated to providing permanent shelter to Sri Lankans displaced by the tsunami that devastated the Indian Ocean region last December.

"The goal of this show," noted Railroad Street Youth Project director Amanda Root, "is to offer the Berkshire Community the opportunity to participate in global giving, and to empower people by presenting them with the opportunity to view the world as a whole community, raising awareness about the global community." Local community groups will also be invited to have a presence at the Berkshire Music Hall during the evening's concert.

Read more at iBerkshires.com.

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