ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association Brings Some Great Jazz Music to Pasadena to Help Raise Funds

Published : Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 11:53 AM


The City of Pasadena is renowned for loving its jazz music. Anytime new jazz players make the scene, you can pretty much guarantee a great day out.

Sometimes, a musical event can help shed light on and raise money for a notable cause. The First United Methodist Church of Pasadena is doing just that, teaming up with the local ALS Association for an evening of jazz and awareness.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks cells in the brain and spinal cord. This can result in weakness in the hands, legs, feet and ankles, cramping of the muscles and an increased difficult in speaking and/or swallowing.

There is currently no cure for ALS and only two treatments have been approved by the FDA so far.

With one person being diagnosed with the disease every 90 minutes, ALS sufferers need all the help and money they can get.

The First United Methodist Church of Pasadena’s four hour benefit concert will start at 4 p.m. on May 19. Four jazz ensembles (The Poly Combo, The Silverlake Quartet Berliner+Schwartz+Watson+Greenberg, and Ken Berry & Friends) will perform in the outside space directly in front of the church.

It’s a completely free event but donations are of course encouraged in order to assist with the research, diagnosis and therapy treatment of those suffering from ALS.

First United Methodist Church of Pasadena is located at 500 East Colorado Boulevard, in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 796-0157 or visit

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