When award-winning singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop heard about songwriter/musician/singer Jefferson Jones suffering terribly from MS and Parkinson’s Disease, he knew he had to help. Jones can no longer play the guitar that took him around the world with some of the headlining acts who will pay tribute to him on April 28, or write the songs performed by renowned performers such as Bishop, Art Garfunkel, Johnny Mathis and Alabama. He has steep medical and living expenses, and Bishop believed they could raise money doing what they do best. Bishop has devoted his time to gathering his friends and organizing a star-studded concert at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills on April 28 to benefit Jones. Dionne Warwick was the first to respond to Bishop’s plea for help. After all, “That’s What Friends Are For.”
Joining Bishop and Warwick is Micky Dolenz of the Monkees fame, who has also been backed by Jones on tour, Howard Jones as well as British pop star Rumer. Adding his magical humor, Kevin Nealon will host the musical tribute. Sending their support via video will be One Direction and Michael McDonald with promises of many more. Celebrities will read additional tributes sent in writing including a testimonial from pal Art Garfunkel, who also made a generous donation as did Bette Midler, Penny Marshall, Michael Macdonald, Randy Newman, Jeff Skoll, and Eric Clapton, who has performed with Jones on Bishop’s albums.
The all-star band for the show consists of Lee Sklar on bass, Mark Goldenberg on lead guitar, Debra Dobkin on percussion, Jon Gilutin on keyboards, Robin DiMaggio on drums and Rob Shirakbari on keyboards and serving as Musical Director.
For more information and to donate, visit Gofundme.com/jamminforjones.