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For release: August 28, 2013

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Jazz legends get in the rhythm for Akron General
Jazz concert benefits heart care

EDITOR’S NOTE: All artists are available for phone interviews. Photos also available.

The Akron General Foundation, with support from PNC Bank, presents “An Evening of Jazz with BWB,” with special guest Lalah Hathaway, on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 South Main Street, Akron. All proceeds benefit the Akron General Heart and Vascular Center.

The contemporary jazz supergroup BWB is back with a new album and tour this summer, 11 years after the highly successful debut release of Groovin’ and tour. Comprised of Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun, their musical passion and intensity defines the truest heart and soul of today’s contemporary jazz. Their newest collaborative, Human Nature, is a tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and features the reworkings of Jackson hits including “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Man in the Mirror” and others.

Special guest Lalah Hathaway is R&B/soul music royalty – the daughter of the late soul legend Donny Hathaway. A trained pianist and vocalist, her career has spanned two decades and fuses elements of R&B, jazz and pop. Hathaway captivates audiences by channeling the essence of her father’s spirit in her music, while adding her signature flare. Her ability to touch a listener’s soul in one phrase is an extraordinary gift that is synonymous with the Hathaway brand.

Reserved seating is available for $45, $55 or $65 by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or the Akron Civic Theatre at 330-253-2488 or online at

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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