May 8th, 2013 | By ChasingSoul
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Betty Bennish, the co-founder of the BB Jazz Fest. Betty and her husband Corky founded BB Jazz in 2001. After experiencing a significant life challenge Betty credits music for getting her through and she wanted to find a way to give back. BB Jazz is a non-profit organization that partners with various charities and causes such as: autism awareness, 100 Black Men of Orange County, Children of Uganda Foundation and Hands for Hope to name a few. Betty is very passionate about the organizations they work with. “We are very hands on. Most of the charities we get involved with are very hands on.”
Betty’s unique ability to showcase artists that sometimes “slips through the cracks” led her to be a sought-out talent scout and event producer. Artists like Tony Rich, Kindred the Family Soul and Anthony David have all been introduced to the BB Jazz audience. I asked Betty to share one of her most memorable moments and she said “It’s the smallest things that light my eyes up. Last year when I brought an artist who was unknown – Anthony David. I came through the VIP crowd and the audience was dancing and loving the performance. I don’t feel like I’m taking a chance when I’m behind an unknown artist. He was incredible – that was a highlight.”
BB Jazz has some great summer events planned beginning with Dwele on June 8th and closing out the summer with a BB Jazz Festival on September 7th and 8th. Some of your favorite artists will be performing during the 2-day festival: Mint Condition, Lalah Hathaway, George Duke, Kindred the Family Soul and Anthony David just to name a few. For more information visit www.BBJazz.com – tickets are available now!