The Coast News Group

Jazz it up for music education

RANCHO SANTA FE — An evening for the jazz lover will benefit the FanFaire Foundation with the help of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club at 6 p.m. March 2.The FanFaire Foundation, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization, is presenting “A Very Special Evening of Jazz “ dinner-and-show event at the Garden Club, 17025 Avenida de Acacias. Tickets to the event are $75. For tickets and information, e-mail

The show will feature Latin jazz, jazz standards and selections from the great American songbook performed by San Diego jazz musicians, including Bill Caballero and his Quinteto Caballero (trumpet, flugel horn, guitar, bass, and conga and timbales drums); a trio comprised of virtuoso jazz pianist Mikan Zlatkovich, flutist Kirk Johnson, and bassist Bill Andrews; and The Pizarro Brothers (piano and keyboard).

Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club President Helen DiZio added that the three-hour event will include a three-course dinner created for the occasion by Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club Chef Brian Freerksen. Cocktails will be served from a no-host bar throughout the evening.

FanFaire Foundation, where science and music intersect, is a young, all-volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture through music the kind of creativity badly needed in our highly competitive science-based society. Its programs include concerts, lectures, and science festival demonstrations that supplement music and science education at K-12 and higher levels, equip young minds for the challenges of our technology-based economy, and enkindle public interest in music and science.

While music is not rocket science, history has shown that it can make rocket science possible. Indeed, the biographies of great scientists reveal that music is the common thread that ran through the lives of the true creative geniuses who made the landmark discoveries of our time.

FanFaire Foundation’s programs are held in informal learning environments in multicultural communities throughout San Diego County, often in partnership with public

libraries, museums, festivals and other institutions that advance the cause of education.

Its “KIDS Playing For KIDS “ program nurtures musically gifted children (ages 6 to 17) who also love science and math in the hope that they can serve as role models for other children. For more information on the FanFaire Foundation, visit