Many thanks

Thank you to everyone who attended the benefit jazz concert on Sunday, May 15, held to raise awareness and funds for American Red Cross–Japan Relief to aid those who survived the massive earthquake and tsunami. The event, Lend a Hand for Japan, not only raised funds, but brought together people from all over Southern California to enjoy great jazz and, most importantly, to be a part of something special– reaching out and lending a hand to those in need.
We would like to thank those without whom the event could not have been the success that it was. The Los Angeles Harbor College Studio Jazz Band, Onage Murry and PS Island, and Gee Mack and the Boogaloo All-Stars provided the great sounds. We also thank the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, the EXPO Art Center, and its curator/manager Doug Orr, for their support and participation.
Thanks also to the Signal Tribune newspaper and its staff for their support and unflagging commitment to our community and the broader community of humankind. Others who generously supported the event are BIG Studio (great T-shirts!!), and Starbucks (Brad Weis, manager).
In addition to the music, we were fortunate to have original works by Nathan Ota ( and pieces from the collaborative, Very Totemo (
The situation in Japan will need your prayerful support for many years to come. We hope to be bringing more opportunities for Long Beach to be a part of the recovery.

Thank you,
Tamaki Okamoto
Susan Cooper

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