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 Jazz Tribute Celebrates Fatherhood
"Proceeds Benefit Prostate Cancer"

“Music is a fountain of youth for those who drink.”
– Ron Wilkinson, Scratch Productions

St. Louis, June 7, 2005 - Anheuser-Busch and Scratch Productions present “Songs for My Father’s Day” on Sunday, June 19th at SEVEN located on 3221 Olive Boulevard (east of Grand). The concert event takes place from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and features the first ever assembly of the finest male jazz musicians from the St. Louis area on Father’s Day. A concert celebration of the cherished lifetime role, Fatherhood, the event will donate a portion of its proceeds to the 100 Black Men Prostate Cancer Survivors and Awareness Walk on August 20, 2005.

“We will highlight and recognize Dad’s. Many Mother’s were Father’s, too. We will get folks to step up to the plate,” said Ron Wilkinson. Businessman and owner of Scratch Productions, Wilkinson acknowledges the generous gents firsthand on his album: Welcome Into Me. Horace Silver’s Song for My Father is the only non-original tune on the 12 track project he characterizes as ‘Bluejaroc;’ essentially R&B or a combination of blues, jazz and rock. It is also one of the first songs Wilkinson ever attempted to perform. Regretfully, yet appropriately, Wilkinson also sang the same song at his Father’s funeral. If ever there was an event and time to honor and respect today’s Fathers, it is “Song for My Father’s Day.”

Considering the value of jazz often requires more of an accrued longevity catalogue than its immediate hit counterparts in the Top 40 market, could or should we expect long-lasting effects from this listening serum? According to Ron Wilkinson, “Music is a fountain of youth for those who drink.” Nothing could be closer to the truth given Horace Silver’s musical contributions, and the life we have come to expect from local jazz legends that will be featured during this Fatherhood tribute.

Sharing the Father’s Day concert program at SEVEN, will be Curt Landes/Ron Wilkinson at 3:30 p.m. Willie Akins takes the stage at 4:30 p.m. And at 5:30 p.m. the terrific Trio Trés Bien with Gene Lynn begins their set, followed by the Bosman Twins performance at 6:30 p.m. Ross Gentile from WSIE’s 88.7 FM jazz station will emcee the “Songs for My Father’s Day” on Sunday, June 19th, which includes served hors d’oeuvres and drinks for purchase between 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artists will have CD’s on hand for guests who can’t get enough of this listening serum. To purchase $25 advance tickets, visit Downtown Music, Vintage Vinyl, or call (314) 535-3134 for additional venues. Tickets will be available at the door for $30 per person. For more information about the “Songs for My Father’s Day” Concert, call Scratch Productions at (314) 535-3134 or e-mail:
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