As a collective of musicians, performers and creatives CDZA believes in education and empowerment through the arts. We also strongly believe in the power of music, which has been shown to have therapeutic effects on those struggling with diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, music has the ability to change moods, facilitate cognitive function and stimulate memories. Selections from a person’s young adult years tend to resonate strongest with those suffering from the disease.
With this in mind CDZA and Whitney Bryant organized “Hallmark’s Big Band Gala” in collaboration with the Hallmark of Battery Park, an assisted living center in New York City. The goal of the evening was to recreate the zeitgeist of the early 1930s big band era for the center’s residents while raising money for Alzheimer’s. Philip Kuehn and Will Anderson took the lead on creating wonderful arrangements of favorite classics from the American songbook.
“A Night at the Hallmark” is a capsulized experience of the evening, containing six of the tunes performed on July 19, 2013. All sales from this album go directly to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (www.alzfdn.org
) to benefit their support to Alzheimer's patients and family across America.