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2nd Annual Jazzy Jam and Music Clinic Fundraiser

African American news - Jazzy Jam concert and music clinic fundraiser event and performersContemporary R&B and jazz singer Lalah Hathaway took time out from a busy concert and recording schedule to speak about her passion, music.

Her arrival had little fanfare, no posse or chauffeur. She even drove herself. Lalah took part in the 2nd Annual Music Clinic at Muir High School. This program was established to support musical enrichment programs for Pasadena's youth. The music clinic is a part of the Jazzy Jam 2010 Benefit Concert.

Jacqueline Snell, Producer of Jazzy Jam 2010, was concerned that the Pasadena Unified School District lacked a commitment to the arts. As a result she acquired assistance from City of Pasadena Councilwoman Jacque Robinson, the Flintridge Operating Foundation and her resources in the entertainment community.

Snell says that Lalah did not hesitate to come out and support this cause.

"I am always honored to come talk to students about my musical experience," says Lalah. She adds that her musical experience is all over the place but "the common denominator is that she is a musician."

Initially the audience was hesitant to ask questions but Lalah eased their anxiety after a few jokes. The questions ranged from the usual like who were her influences to how to sustain a musical career. Using a motherly tone, she said it is important to know your craft but you must understand the business. "Writing and publishing will be your ticket," said Lalah. "Better to be rich than famous," she added. It was clear that many in the audience were not aware of Lalah's musical heritage. Daughter of the late Donny Hathaway, her musical credits read like a who's who.

During her 24 years as a professional she has performed with the likes of Joe Sample, Take 6, Art Porter, Stevie Wonder, and many others.

"I will always be involved in music, I don't see myself doing anything else," says Lalah. "A true musician will always keep the music first because the industry is fickle. Today it's Lady Gaga or Beyonce and something else tomorrow. Who you are as an artist is a constant."

While exiting the stage Lalah could be overheard telling admirers that she was scheduled to perform with her classmate contemporary jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair later in that evening.

 

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