THE AFTERGLOW FROM THE JULY 8TH BENEFIT CONCERT AT THE LOBERO

LEGENDARY COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA AND JAZZ ICON PAULA COLE KICK OFF FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR RONA BARRETT FOUNDATION’S “HARRY’S HOUSE AT THE GOLDEN INN & VILLAGE”

 

Santa Ynez, CA – July 10, 2017 — Over five hundred jazz aficionados filled Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theatre this past weekend to celebrate one of America’s most honored jazz ensembles and to launch the fundraising campaign of the Rona Barrett Foundation’s new “Harry’s House at the Golden Inn & Village” – A new affordable housing and wellness services project at The Golden Inn & Village.

 

Rona Barrett, the pioneering initiator of television entertainment news coverage whose style, consummate journalism, humor and wit set high bars for the industry she created, evoked tears, laughter and commitment as she told the story of how she came to dedicate her life to this new model of dignified life for a neglected part of our population.

 

The evening’s parade of standing ovations began with her revelation of the dreams she, her staff and board of directors are bringing to reality –at the Golden Inn and Village, a campus in Santa Ynez, which will soon begin development of its Phase II.

 

Under the baton of Music Director Scotty Barnhart, the legendary Count Basie Orchestra riveted the responsive audience with performance continuing the greatest tradition of jazz orchestral brilliance.  Adding vocal astonishments were guest vocalist and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Paula Cole and the ensemble’s vocalist Carmen Bradford who had personally been discovered and developed by the group’s founder, Count Basie.

 

Achieving full fundraising target, the evening reminded the audience that American philanthropic compassion and the world-changing brilliance of American orchestral jazz are as alive and well as ever.  

The Count Basie Orchestra has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once; won 18 Grammy Awards; performed for Kings and Queens and royalty around the globe; appeared in several movies, television shows and at every major festival and major concert hall in the world.  As Ms. Barrett pointed out “Under the leadership of Mr. Barnhart, the Count Basie Orchestra, continuing the virtuoso genius of each musician, is traveling the world and continuing its tradition of being the most explosive force in jazz.”   Ms. Cole, Grammy Award winner and a seven time nominee, recently celebrated her 20th anniversary as a Jazz great with the release of her sixth solo album, “Raven.” Next month, Ms. Cole will release her seventh, “Ballads.”

 

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Best Buddies: Rona Barrett, CEO/FOUNDER of The Rona Barrett Foundation, with actor Tab Hunter and producer Allan Glaser celebrating over 50 years of friendship.
The Kiss: Rona and husband/writer Daniel McNeet showing some affection.
It’s a Selfie: Rona with Randy Weiss, Union Bank Community Affairs Executive and Concert Sponsor.
FEMALE POWER: Lynda Tanner (CEO – Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care and Concert Sponsor), Rona, Paula Cole (Concert guest artist) and Darlene Ramirez (Director of Development for the Rona Barrett Foundation).
Rona and Her New Dance Crew: Rona performing with The Ole Skool Crew (a professional dance ensemble for the LA Sparks, all over 50 years of age).
Author-Friends: Diana Story (author/widow of former SoCal Broadcaster Ralph Story) and Rona proudly display Rona’s new book, “Gray Matters.”
Catwalk at LIVE AUCTION: Jessica Macaluso (Rona Barrett Foundation staffer) struts Bo Derek’s LIVE AUCTION donation of a Gai Mattiola creation.
Count Basie Synchronicity: Count Basie Orchestra performing at The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara to a full house.
CBO Vocalist Hits All the Right Notes: Carmen Bradford (vocalist for Count Basie Orchestra touched the audience with her bluesy interpretations of “The Count.”
Concert Collaboration: Scotty Barnhart (Musical Director for the Count Basie Orchestra – CBO), Carmen Bradford (CBO vocalist), Dee Askew (CBO Manager), Rona, Susan Weber (Board Member – Rona Barrett Foundation), Paula Cole (Concert guest artist), Darlene Ramirez (Director of Development – Rona Barrett Foundation), Lisa Clement (Board Member – Rona Barrett Foundation) and Tresha Sell (Board Member – Rona Barrett Foundation).
LIVE AUCTION EXECUTION: This is how you have a LIVE AUCTION at a Concert – paddles and all!

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