Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will serve as Master of Ceremonies at Showtime" a fundraising event for the Pasadena Jazz Institute (PJI), featuring Afro Cuban/Latin Jazz by Chuchito Valdes, Franciso Aguabella, Raul Pineda and Sawa Perez on Sunday, August 17, 2008. The evening begins at 6:00 PM with a meet and greet with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, followed by a 7:00 PM performance by The Jazz Camp All Stars; and 8:00 PM Concert with Chuchito Valdes. The concert will be held at the Pasadena Jazz Institute's own beautiful venue - befitting jazz music - at 260 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 206, Pasadena, CA 91101. Admission is $75 per person but table reservations are recommended (seats 4). Tickets are available by calling (626) 398-3344 or online. This event supports PJI's mission of jazz education, preservation and participation through its ongoing presentations of live Jazz music by the area's outstanding jazz musicians. Supporters of jazz who are unable to attend are encouraged to mail a tax deductible donation directly to PJI.
About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is considered by many fans and sportswriters to be the greatest basketball player of all time. The 7-foot-2 Hall of Fame center, famous for his indefensible skyhook, dominated the NBA for 20 years, first with the Milwaukee Bucks then with the Los Angeles Lakers. Since retiring as a player in 1989, Kareem has balanced his love of basketball with his love of history. He remains intellectually active, authoring six bestselling history books intended to popularize the contributions of African-Americans to American culture and history.