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.