Jazz Flutist and Recording Artist Bradley Leighton Donates his Musical Talents to Help San Diego Fundraising Events

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Jazz/pop flute stylist and recording artist Bradley Leighton donates his musical talents to various fundraising events in San Diego. The events include the "Take Five Wine Tasting and Auction," the Annual Women's International Center 2005 Living Legacy Awards Dinner and Fundraising Gala and the San Diego Fire and Rescue Helicopter Invitational.

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As Jazz/pop flute stylist and recording artist Bradley Leighton's new CD, Just Doin' Our Thang (released nationally May 10, 2005, Pacific Coast Jazz), continues to garner glowing industry reviews and receive airplay around the country, Leighton has been busy performing in San Diego, donating his musical talents to three area fundraising events.

Leighton was featured as guest artist, May 15 at the KSDS Jazz 88 First Annual “Take Five Wine Tasting and Auction,” and also will be a featured soloist at the 22nd Annual Women's International Center (WIC) 2005 Living Legacy Awards Dinner and Fundraising Gala, Saturday, May 21, at the new Solomar Hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp District. Leighton and friends are slated to provide music for the San Diego Fire and Rescue Helicopter Invitational, June 2 at the Maderas Golf Club.

Held at the WineSellar & Brasserie in Sorrento Mesa, the "Take Five Wine Tasting and Auction," raised funds for KSDS Radio, a non-profit public radio station and featured musical performances by the Jazz 88 AllStars and guest artists Cynthia Hammond, J.Otis Williams, David Mosby, Karin Carson, Claudia Russell, Jeff Dalrymple and Leighton. "The day was both an artistic and financial success," says Mark DeBoskey, station manager of KSDS Jazz 88. "It started out being a wine tasting and auction with jazz and ended up being a fabulous jazz concert with wine tasting and an auction! Bradley's groove really knocked everyone out. "The event was hosted by restaurateur Gary Parker. "We're delighted to have had these great musicians donating their time," adds DeBoskey.

This year’s WIC event, chaired by educator, writer and philanthropist Marianne McDonald PhD, will honor outstanding humanitarians, both women and men, with living legacy awards and will raise funds for WIC education programs. Founded in 1982 by women's advocate and community leader Gloria Lane, the non-profit organization's mission is to celebrate, acknowledge, honor and encourage women and to educate youth. Co-chaired by philanthropists Sally Thornton and Zona Murray, this year's event will honor artist and jewelry designer Laurel Burch; theater critic and arts writer Pat Launer; actress and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren and Chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Pam Slater-Price among others. Musical entertainment will feature the Benny Hollman Orchestra with vocalist Cynthia Hammond and special guest soloist Bradley Leighton on flute. “It will be an incredible evening of tribute and sharing great music and food,” says singer-songwriter Bridget Brigitte, who will be receiving a Spirit Award at the gala. For reservations contact: 619-295-6446.

Hosted by the Sunroad Foundation, the third annual San Diego Fire and Rescue Helicopter Invitational will be held at the Maderas Golf Club, 17750 Old Coach Road in Poway on Thursday, June 2, beginning with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start on the golf course. Individual Player Packages and Foursome Packages can be purchased which also will include a cocktail reception from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to fund the Fire and Rescue Helicopter program in San Diego. For reservations call: 619-533-3484.

“It makes me feel really good to be able to donate my time and musical gifts to help support such worthwhile organizations,” says Leighton. His national tour to support Just Doin' Our Thang will begin this summer, with dates on the East Coast in June and July concert dates in the Pacific Northwest.

The prolific flutist can now be heard locally at Game Time, 12735 Poway Road in Poway, (858-748-7296) from 7 to 10 p.m., every other Tuesday night. Billed as “Phat Tuesday,” the festivities feature Bradley Leighton's R&B band performing funk and R&B tunes. In August, Bradley will be the opening act for this year's NARM convention in San Diego.

For more information on the Women's International center, visit: http://www.wic.org.

For more information on the fundraising campaign for the San Diego Fire and Rescue Helicopter program as well as the Sunroad Foundation, visit: http://www.sunroadfoundation.org

For more information on KSDS Radio /Jazz 88, visit: http://www.jazz88online.org/.

For more information on NARM, visit: http://www.narm.com.

For more information on Bradley Leighton, his Music Clinics, a complete listing of local performances, and other information, please visit http://www.bradleyleighton.com, or http://www.fluteguy.com, where audio and press clips are available.

Bradley Leighton's recordings are currently available at http://www.fluteguy.com, major music retailers including Tower Records or at CDBaby.com.


Donna Nichols

Pacific Coast Jazz




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