Hollywood’s Debbie Allen to attend Sixth Annual Gala Benefiting the Primo Center for Women and Children
October 10, 2007 – Academy award winning choreographer Debbie Allen is joining Quintin E. Primo and his wife Diane in the fight against homelessness in America. Allen, who has had a long career in Hollywood as a film director, actor and choreographer, will attend the 6th Annual Red Hot Gala on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at The Murphy Auditorium in Chicago.
Red Hot Gala
Saturday, October 13, 2007
The Murphy Auditorium
50 East Erie Street
Special Performance by Jazz Legend Arturo Sandoval
This year’s event entitled “Havana Nights” will feature a special performance by jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, who will have two performances. The first will be during the $2,500-a-seat gala, and then he will also conduct a special post-gala jam session that is open to the public.
In addition to Ms. Allen and Sandoval, Hollywood producer Moctesuma Esparza, who has produced such notable films as “Selena” and “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” will also be in attendance.
The annual gala benefits the Primo Center for Women and Children (“PCWC”), a 120-day transitional shelter located on the west side of Chicago. The gala was created six years ago by mover-and-shakers in the Chicago real estate community, and this year the guest list has expanded to include some of the city’s top business professionals. Last year’s event raised over $400,000.
Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of the Primo Center for Women and Children and Chairman and CEO of Capri Capital Partners in Chicago, and his wife Diane will be the Co-Masters of Ceremonies for the Cuban-themed event featuring the color and pageantry of Cuba.
About Arturo Sandoval
Arturo Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages. He can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and sooth you with a luscious ballad with equal power and grace
Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protÃ©gÃ© of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the World’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.
Sandoval was a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group Irakere, whose explosive mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music caused a sensation throughout the entertainment world. In 1981, he left Irakere to form his own band, which garnered enthusiastic praise from critics and audiences all over the world. Sandoval was voted Cuba’s Best Instrumentalist from 1982 to 1990. For more information go to www.arturosandoval.com .
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