Enthusiastic bidders and generous event sponsors packed Napa Valley’s Lincoln Theater June 8th during Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway and raised a record-breaking $66,000 donation for the Grammy Foundation – more than doubling last year’s impressive donation. With over 1,200 jazz and wine enthusiasts gathered from across the nation at the Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, Culbertson auctioned off the very Mason & Hamlin 7-foot BB Grand Piano that he used to record many of his award-winning smooth jazz albums including “It’s On Tonight”, “Bringing Back the Funk”, “A Soulful Christmas”, “XII” and more. The highly-esteemed piano that Culbertson used in many of his music videos was generously provided by event sponsor Mason & Hamlin, which still proudly builds its exclusive handmade pianos in the United States.
Tom Lagomarsino, Executive Vice President of Mason & Hamlin and PianoDisc, was thrilled that their piano was the coveted centerpiece of the auction and generated record donations, “We are honored to partner with Brian (Culbertson) and the wine and jazz communities to sponsor this great fundraiser to benefit the Grammy Foundation. We all recognize the essential need for music education programs in schools as well as the value of preserving our cultural heritage in both music and art. Together, we can truly make a difference."
Mason & Hamlin pianos are acclaimed for their even touch, consistent action, and well-balanced tone, and are Culbertson’s exclusive piano choice. He describes them as having “the purest and richest tone on the market …period.”
“To make great music, it always starts with an amazing instrument. That’s why I’m excited about exclusively playing the Mason & Hamlin,” explains Culbertson, the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway’s Founder and Artistic Director.
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The foundation works to bring national attention and support to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education. Kristen Madsen, the GRAMMY Foundation’s Senior Vice President, expressed her sincere appreciation for the tremendous support.
“The value of this generous donation from Mason & Hamlin and Brian (Culbertson) can certainly be calculated in the number of grants to schools and students it will facilitate. But equally important is the vision it reflects of a promising future, where music takes a central position in the vibrancy of our communities. We are delighted to have such remarkable support."
The next Festival will be held June 11-15, 2014, and will again include a Grammy Foundation Auction. Additional Festival information is available at www.NapaValleyJazzGetaway.me