Jazz at the Ballroom presents “My Ordinary Family” at the Skirball Cultural Center
LOS ANGELES, March 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On March 25, 2022, the non-profit organization Jazz at the Ballroom (JATB) is heading to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles with a concert to raise funds for efforts humanitarian workers in Ukraine.
my ordinary family sets to music the true story of August Paszkudzki, an American jazz enthusiast who grew up in Lwów (now Lviv) in the 1930s. August’s family risked their own lives to hide eight Jews from the Nazis during the Second World War. One of the Jewish proteges, Renata Stam, eventually became August’s wife. After his death in 1987, August received Israel’s prestigious “Righteous Among the Nations” medal.
“Knowing that Lviv is once again under siege,” says JATB Executive Director Suzanne Waldowski, “we wanted to do something meaningful and unique for the beautiful city that could also raise funds for the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding. currently taking place there”. Shows will also be presented in the Bay Area and New York.
The concert is performed by August’s grandson, well-known jazz pianist Konrad Paszkudzki, with his trio, including guitar virtuoso Pasquale Grasso and rising star singer Samara Joy. The group shares a collection of songs from the 1930s to 1940s. These songs topped the charts and were played on radios throughout Central Europe until the Nazis banned the music.
100% of proceeds from the concert will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine, an organization that works tirelessly to help families displaced and affected by the recent Russian invasion.
About Jazz in the Ballroom
Jazz at the Ballroom is a California-based nonprofit that celebrates America’s truly original music – classic jazz and the American Songbook. They are dedicated to presenting the greatest musicians in unique settings. Through its concerts, scholarship program, workshops, and performances in schools, senior living centers, and hospitals, JATB strives to enhance appreciation of the Songbook in the wider community. For more information: www.jazzattheballroom.com Facebook: jazzattheballroom Instagram: @jazzattheballroom
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