A great night at Cannabis4theCause!

Cannabis4theCause – The first event of its kind in San Diego to become an annual event!

It was so wonderful to be a part of this historical day and evening event Cannabis4theCause sponsored by the Community Alliance Program.

The day began with Cannabis4theCause Discussions on PTSD and CTE/Brain Damage, which was the first time that the attributes of medical cannabis were presented at San Diego State University in San Diego, California. The evening Fundraiser Gala and Fine Art Auction was well attended by medical and cannabis industry professionals in addition to numerous supporters of this community outreach program.

Live jazz at Cannabis4theCause

Mike Garson Quartet sponsored by Prime Harvest

Mike Garson Quartet

And, it was such a pleasure to assist The Mike Garson Quartet with pianist/composer Mike Garson, saxophonist Sami Shapiro (2017 National Louis Armstrong Jazz Award), bassist Marlon Martinez (Stewart Copeland, Burt Bacharach) and drummer Denney Seiwell (Paul McCartney, Wings, Leon Russell)!

Mr. Garson was fresh off his “Aladdin Sane Tour” in the UK. He will be back in San Diego next March for the Celebrating David Bowie Tour”.

Mike is perhaps best known for his relationship with David Bowie, which began in late 1971. Bowie once said of Mike, “It is pointless to talk about his ability as a pianist. He is exceptional! However, there are very, very few musicians, let alone pianists, who naturally understand the movement and free thinking to hurl themselves into experimental or traditional areas of music, sometimes, ironically, at the same time. Mike does this with such enthusiasm that it makes my heart glad just to be in the same room with him.” We were too!

The music was incredible. Thanks to all!


The Community Alliance Program (CAP) is an association of businesses, groups, and individuals with one common goal: to improve lives by meeting our communities most critical needs, and to invest in cannabinoid research and educational programs.


Mike Garson Quartet celebrates a successful evening!

L to R: Jack Schell, Denny Seiwell, Sami Shapiro, Marlon Martinez, Mike Garson, John R Kazanjian


Jack with mentor, Mike Garson

Old friends together again, Mike Garson and Jack L Schell – The Soundweaver





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