All That Jazz!

Immediate Release

Press Release

Hollywood, CA (Social Dragon PR) June 01, 2015

social.dragonpr@gmail.com

Media Contact: Wendy Anderson, WOW! Productions

626-683-8243 wowproductions2@earthlink.net

Michael Paulo: Jazz Saxophonist
Michael Paulo: Jazz Saxman

ASIAN HERITAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL

www.asianheritagejazzfestival.com

Produced by Michael Paulo, Apaulo Music Productions

Founder/producer of the Temecula Wine & Music Festival for 10 years.

Pauline Wilson: Vocalist
Pauline Wilson: Vocalist
Ner De Leon: Saxophonist
Ner De Leon: Saxophonist

WHAT:   1st Annual Asian Heritage Jazz Festival Master of Ceremonies: Rob Fukuzaki, weekday sports anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News team in Los Angeles and host of the post-game show Sports Zone.

WHEN:   Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM 2:00 pm – Doors open; 2:30 pm-Sponsor VIP Ticket Reception hosted by Cherrystones Restaurant; 3:00 pm – Performances begin

WHERE:   Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

TICKETS:   www.tix.com – Asian Heritage Jazz Festival

$125.00 – VIP w/ Meet & Greet Luncheon; $55.00 – Gold Seats – Reserve seating with padded chairs; $40 – General Admission – theatre style (open seating)

One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonist in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for over 35 years, Michael Paulo is bringing jazz to Los Angeles with the 1st Annual Asian Heritage Jazz Festival presented by Apaulo Music Productions, featuring some of the most renown Asian Jazz Artists in America, who have made inroads on a national and global scale.

According to Paulo: ” With my lifelong passion for Jazz, I want to host an event unlike any other that focuses on the Asian Culture embracing an American Art form, Jazz. As America is a melting pot of cultures it is important in the assimilation of those cultures to embrace things that are uniquely American. It is through this that we can become a part of the mainstream culture. Also in most instances Asian Americans aren’t readily associated with Jazz. The festival aims to change that perception by featuring as many of the best Asian jazz performers here that we can assemble.  We will have the biggest line up of Asian Jazz artists ever in the US.”

Featured artists: Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, Koto June Kuramoto, Vocalist Pauline Wilson, Saxman Michael Paulo, Keyboardist Ming Freeman, Korean Saxman Danny Jung, Piano Legend Rene Paulo, Bassist Benny Rietveld, Vocalist Kemeya Seward, Saxophonist Ner de Leon, Bassist David Inamine , Guitarist Fred Schreuders and Yu Ooka, arranger /composer Derek Nakamoto, Pianist Boy Katindig, Saxophonist Justin Klunk  and more!  Rob Fukuzaki, the weekday sports anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News team in Los Angeles and host of the post-game show Sports Zone will serve as the festival emcee.

This festival will showcase the achievements of these artists, as well as recognize an impressive roster of Asian American musicians, who have contributed their talents to this original American art form. Jazz has become increasingly popular in Asia with The Java Jazz festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, now the largest jazz festival in the world. It is time to highlight and promote our local artists in the United States.

Paulo continues:  “We can also generate opportunities for young up-and-coming talent to gain exposure, play and be inspired by the veteran performers who have had international success.  This is what makes us different than the many other jazz festival events in Southern California. I am committed to its success and very excited to launch this event.”

The festival provides a platform to promote and nurture younger artists who deserve wider recognition, but are unable to break into the mainstream world of major jazz festivals.

The festival will also support the launch of a music scholarship fund to provide opportunities to further insure the future of the Asian culture in embracing this iconic American art form.

The Festival will be held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center on an outdoor main stage, it is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States.

Michael Paulo – Apaulo Music Productions

One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for over 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct saxpertise to a virtual who’s who of artists, including Al Jarreau (Paulo’s longest term touring association), James Ingram, Rick Braun (No. 1 Smooth Jazz Trumpeter) , guitarist Peter White, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Carl Anderson, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis, Deniece Williams, Oleta Adams, Paul Jackson Jr., Christopher Cross, Ray Parker Jr., Eric Benet, and more.

In 1983, Paulo caught his big break when Al Jarreau hired him for his touring band. The

young saxman became an integral part of the Jarreau experience while touring the world for the next decade. Paulo also gained international recognition as a result of his work on Jarreau’s

famed “Live in London” release.

Internationally, he has performed in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

With nine solo releases to his credit and numerous studio sessions Michael has been a

mainstay in the jazz world. In 2003 and 2004 Michael expanded his Horizons performing with

the Honolulu and Asian American Symphonies. Michael is currently completing a new recording

project featuring his compositions and an all star cast of top jazz artists and musicians.

As the Founding Producer for the Temecula Wine and Music Festival in California for the past ten years Michael is no stranger to the international festival scene. Paulo spent fifteen years as the musical director and host of the Dolphin Days Music Festival in Hawaii. He has also recently been active as a musical coordinator and artist in residence for The Java Jazz Festival, one of the largest international music festivals in the world.

Currently Michael produces popular Smooth Jazz Concerts in Hawaii and “Grooves at the

Westin” jazz series in Palm Springs. With over 20 concerts to date, and more scheduled this

year, Michael has been instrumental in the resurgence and popularity of jazz and instrumental music in Hawaii.

Beneficiary: The Heads up Youth Foundation

The Heads Up Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth in the Southern California area. The Foundation assists existing sports and youth organizations that promote positive development in children and teens through recreational, educational and mentoring programs. It was founded in 1997 by Rob Fukuzaki, the weekday sports anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News team in Los Angeles and host of the post-game show Sports Zone.

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Corporate, Community and Media Sponsorships are available.

Contact: Apaulo Music Productions LLC, Michael Paulo at 951-696-0184 or Saxhawaii@aol.com,

To purchase tickets: www.tix.com – Asian Heritge Jazz Festival

Media Contact: Michael Paulo and featured artists are available for appearance and interviews

Wendy Fujihara Anderson, WOW! Productions at 626-683-8243 wowproductions2@earthlink.net

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