Jazz fundraiser nets triple expected donations

When Penn Valley Music Instructor Clarence Smith decided to raise funds to purchase new music equipment, he thought he’d raise a couple hundred bucks. But that’s not how things worked out. He announced jazz students were performing at the Phoenix on April 14 and received an outpouring of support. Not only was the club packed, the Penn Valley Music Department raised about $600 for their goal.

Smith’s students are set to perform this weekend at the 18th & Vine Jazz Festival. Performances will be on April 18 at 5 p.m. at the Gem Theater. They will also participate in a clinic with saxophonist and educator Nathan Davis on April 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Blue Room.The students’ final performance will be April 19 at 8 p.m. at the Gem Theater as part of the Jammin’ At The Gem Lifetime Achievement concert. In addition to Davis, the show features NEA Jazz Master Curtis Fuller, George Cables, Abe Laboriel, Winard Harper and Maurice Brown.

Congratulations & keep up the amazing work!