October 3, 2007

What is hip? Greg Adams performs w/special guests for MusiCares, Oct. 12, 13, 2007


Written by The Jazz Gypsy
Photos courtesy of Ripa Records.

October 12, 13, 2007, 8:00 pm
Spaghettini Grille & Jazz Club
3005 Old Ranch Parkway
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Who doesn’t know Greg Adams? Adams was a founding and 25-year member of Tower of Power and the architect of Towers’ big horn sound. The trumpeter is also an arranger, composer, conductor, and record executive on his own label, Ripa Records (www.riparecords.com).

With the release of four exceptionally fantastic cd’s, (Hidden Agenda, 1995, Midnight Morning, 2002, Firefly, 2004 and Cool to the Touch, 2006), Adams will soon be better known for his solo career than he is for the single “What is Hip?", arguably one of Tower’s most popular songs of all time. Adams received a Grammy nomination in 1981 for the best arrangement accompanying a vocal for this 80’s era-defining tune.

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On Saturday, October 12 & 13th, Adams and his band will performing two shows each night, beginning at 8:00 pm, at Spaghettini’s in Seal Beach, CA, as a fundraiser for MusiCares. Each night, they will auction off a score of a replica of Adams’ original score of “What is Hip?” It is the second score that Adams had to generate for the recording booth when Tower did the Sheffield Labs "Direct" record. Handcrafted in pencil in Adams' own hand, this11-page, limited edition of 10, numbered and signed by Adams, comes with a Certificate of Authencity. The bidding will start at $500 for this score that retails for $1,500. Adams will donate all of the proceeds to Music Cares.

Music Cares logo.jpgMusiCares is a charity for musicians in need of assistance that ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical or personal need. “Whether it’s drug or alcohol abuse, homelessness or heath care, there are so many musicians that fall through the cracks and they don’t have anything to show for their life’s work”, said Adams in a recent interview. “Music Cares has other very large $5,000 a plate fundraising dinners at UCLA with celebrities like Andre Agassi and David Foster and I’m just trying to do my part,” Adams continued.

MusiCares representatives will be on hand to provide it's passion and information about the MusiCares ® Foundation and Spaghettini will sponsor a raffle of their world class Sunday Brunch for four ($10.00) Valued at $260.00. Spaghettini's Entertainment Director, "Q", will be the master of ceremonies for this auction.

During the two-night performance, Adams will be bringing in some celebrity musicians to perform with his band. Admission is free; however, due to the popularity of this event, it’s suggested that you call ahead to reserve a table or seat (for which there is a charge).

The Jazz Gypsy Tips: Get your FREE download of Greg Adams new single, “Five to Eleven” on Adams' website, www.riparecords.com. Also, check back in a few days to read the revealing, 40-minute, "Beneath the Surface" interview with Greg Adams.

Posted by JazzGypsy at October 3, 2007 4:38 PM