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About Concert for a Cure
Concert for a Cure is an annual fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, that uses music to bring communities together in support of Cancer Research. Ethan Ostrow is a New York-based pianist and composer, as well as a young adult cancer survivor, having overcome a Stage-4 Lymphoma diagnosis at 18 years old. He's joined by a great band, and fantastic special guests. Concert for a Cure has raised over $55,000 for the LLS since 2017, and is entering the exciting new world of live-streaming during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you for helping us raise over $10,000 this year!
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is at the forefront of the fight to cure cancer. Since 1949, they've invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches to cancer treatment.
Dayna Stephens (Saxophone, Special Guest)
Internationally renowned saxophonist/composer/educator Dayna Stephens is a force to watch out for. A fluid, vigorous soloist with a warm, soulful sound, Dayna has also proven himself a master of composition and arrangement, a highly acclaimed band leader and an in-demand sideman for contemporary jazz masters such as Kenny Barron, Al Foster, Idris Mohammed, Taylor Eigsti and Roy Hargrove. Dayna just placed first in the 2019 Downbeat Critics Poll for tenor sax rising star.
In recent years, Dayna has appeared on stage with numerous established musicians and other rising stars, including Terence Blanchard, Geoffrey Keezer, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Matt Wilson, Oliver Lake, Carlos Santana, Stefon Harris, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Peter Apfelbaum, Tom Harrell, Gretchen Parlato, Josh Roseman, Ray Drummond, Winard Harper, Bobby Short and many others.
Stephen Main and the Piedmont Community Church Choir (Special Guests)
Born and raised in New York City, Stephen Main has music in his blood. His mother taught piano and his father, Tom Main, was a professional jazz trombonist with Si Zentner’s band in the 60s. As a choirboy Steve sang at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue under Gerre Hancock. He went on to study violin, piano, organ, theory and composition at the Choate School and then at Oberlin Conservatory. At the same time, he earned his B.A., M.A., and eventually his Ph.D. in Religious Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is currently the Music Director at Piedmont Community Church, in the Bay Area, where he composes, teaches and conducts regular choral and orchestral performances. Stephen is active as an organist, harpist and conductor, with recent appearances in San Francisco, throughout Northern California, New York, and Los Angeles. He lives in San Francisco and LA.
Brennan Jung (Drums)
Brennan Jung, hailing from Berkeley, now resides in Brooklyn. While finishing up his undergraduate studies in both Psychology and Jazz Performance at The New School, Jung has broken his way into the Brooklyn indie and improvised scenes. His music strives to provoke a true representation of the self in the current moment. This concept aims to reflect on past experiences to evoke the present and anticipate the future. Jung’s vision and mentors have guided him to collaborate with Dan Weiss, Greg Fox, Sylvie Courvoisier, Dave Douglas and Andrew Cyrille. For updates feel free to follow Brennan on instagram @brennan.jung and check out his newly released videos on Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/user133289084
Giulio Xavier Cetto (Bass)
Giulio Xavier Cetto is an acoustic and electric bassist currently living in San Francisco, California. Raised in a musical family, Giulio has been playing music his entire life and has dedicated himself to the love of space and sound. Leading his own bands regularly, and one of the members of the trio Bastet, he works as a sideman in many different bands and musical projects. While known for exploring multiple genres and styles, Giulio’s study of music spans continents and generations. His well rounded experience, deep listening and openness allow him to adapt to any musical scenario. This has been the key to his success as a bassist.
Between gigs as one of the hardest working bass players in the bay area Giulio also composes his own original works of music and plans on releasing his first album sometime this year. Outside from composing and recording his own material, he currently plays bass for two time Grammy award winning artist The Fantastic Negrito. Giulio has also performed with other Grammy award winning artist such as Lawrence Hobgood, Johnathan Hoard, Thomas Pridgen and more.