Jazz great Brian Culbertson and film star Vivica A. Fox will host the First Annual Inland Empire Jazz Festival on August 24-26, 2007 at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, California. Featuring jazz styles including New Orleans, Dixieland, Bebop, Mainstream, Jazz Fusion, Free Funk and more, the event will benefit Operation REAPP which serves economically deprived and at-risk students. Performers scheduled to appear include:Brian Culbertson, Steve Cole, Vivica A. Fox, A. Ray Fuller, Michael Ward, Paul Jackson Jr., Marcus Coleman, Jakiem Joyner, Jeanette Harris, Gerald Albright, L.A. Mambo Combo and others.
"There will be two stages of live music plus roving bands throughout the park," says Annetta Bryant, executive director of the Inland Empire Jazz Festival. "Our company is proud to have been chosen by Operation REAPP to develop this event as a fundraiser and to bring awareness to the education challenges of our youth, who will be well represented during this event." Operation REAPP is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Queen Mc Glone. The organization is dedicated to providing educational support to underprivileged and at-risk youth, grades K-12.