Bring Lee Hildebrand Home

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Raised by 162 people in 15 months
The Bay Area Jazz Society is hosting  a Benefit fundraiser for Bay Area Music Critic, Lee Hildebrand on Thursday, May 24, 2018,  7 pm - 11 pm, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410-14th St. , Oakland CA, 94612

Lee Hildebrand, recently suffered a stroke and we need your help to bring him home from Modesto, to Oakland! Lee is all alone; his wife left him since his stroke and he can no longer write or earn a living. Lee spent a lifetime using his writing talent and media resources to give the best of our local talent exposure in the local and national press and to propel the careers of many young dreamers.

From the mid sixties until his stroke, Lee featured many Bay Area artists in local & mainstream media. He spent the last two years writing for the Oakland Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. He spent 20 years writing for the Bay Guardian and also wrote for the Oakland Tribune. Lee was one of the founders of the East Bay Express.

Artists that have been contacted with planned appearances include Lenny Williams, Fay Carol, Rhonda Benin, Terry Odabi, Norman Connors, The Braxton Brothers and BAJAZZS Advisory Board Members Calvin Keys and Professor David Hardiman.

If you would like to perform, please let us know.
The Bay Area Jazz Society thank you in advance for your gift to help us bring Lee home.
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Lee Hildebrand deserves our support because he is a great man who never saw color but instead he saw the genius that is American Born Music and he wrote about all regardless of economic stature, upbringing or cultural identification. As long as your music made mathematical sense and you were a creator of new or different musical ideas Lee was willing to give you a literary shout out. In the Bay Area Lee stands alone and his era is gone. The type of support Lee gave to our local musical communities no longer exists.
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See the dynamic Cheryl Fabio's interview with Lee! See how this iconic man infused life into the career of many local musicians, some of whom went on to become household names.
Cheryl Fabio Interviews Lee Hildebrand.
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We are excited to update the list of artists planned to appear:

Lenny Williams, Lady Bianca, John Handy, Johnny Talbot, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Fred Ross, Denise Perrier, Blues Vocalist EC Scott, Fay Carol, Terry Odabi, Norman Connors, Rhonda Benin, Nelson Braxton of The Braxton Brothers, Dewayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone!, Vocalist Nina Causey, Terrence Kelly and the Interfaith Choir, and BAJAZZS Advisory Board Members Calvin Keys and Professor David Hardiman. Levi Seacer, Jr. From the New Power Generation (former Prince Band) will run the house band for the R&B crowd and Calvin Keys and David Hardiman will sponsor the Jazz stage.
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$12,701 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 162 people in 15 months
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The Bay Area Jazz Society
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