Step 1 – Carefully review the benefits of this Grant.

Click on the Tree!

The Benefits of this Grant are the ROOTS and all SEVEN BRANCHES of the Empowerment Tree below.


***** You may learn more these Branches by clicking directly on this tree which will then open up into a new window and become interactive, enabling you to click on each of the individual branches.*****

Please take a look at the ROOTS (Branch 1) which enable you to thank and reward supporters while expanding your vital donor base!

BRANCHES 2-7 give our recipients the opportunity to be a more publicized, better funded, more sponsored, supported, befriended, and more prestigious organization moving forward than ever before.

VIDEO: Click HERE to see our Jazz for Peace Grant Workshop! –  Planting the ROOTS by confirming your event with funds already raised for you is only the beginning of the fundraising process as we Grow Your Empowerment Tree as detailed in our Grant Workshop Video.

After viewing the Tree and watching the video above, please review some of the awesome quotes and prolific testimonials below which reveal the short and medium term benefits of this grant in the actual words of our previous grant recipients and prestigious admirers.


“Most interested to hear about what you are doing…And this aspect of life and culture particularly… I greatly admire those who contribute to it…”

                                                       ~ Professor Noam Chomsky

“By bringing Israeli, Palestinian and American Jazz musicians together Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace have used the transcendent quality of music to promote a message of peace and unity. Now, over 500 concerts later, Jazz for Peace continues its mission of challenging humanity to realize that the forces that unite us are far stronger than the forces that divide us.”

“I want to congratulate Rick and Jazz for Peace on everything they have accomplished to this point, and all the good they are sure to bring about as they continue this concert series….”

                                                    ~ United States President Barack Obama 

“On behalf of the residents of New York City I commend Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace.”                                    

                                                    ~ Mayor Michael Bloomberg

“…steadfast and creative….Jazz for Peace unites the world of the arts with the arenas for justice. May other musical and artistic groups emulate your example and your consistency” For Peace and Justice,

                                                      ~ Ralph Nader

“International Jazz Day could not happen without partners like Jazz for Peace….using concerts, community outreach and education programs to raise support and awareness for local and international charities…to promote charitable and service-based activities that help make a positive difference in the world…to unify and empower the vulnerable in our society. We are indebted to you for your steadfast support, and look forward to working with you…”                                                    ~ Herbie Hancock 

“I would like to commend the staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and devotion on behalf of such an outstanding cause.” ~ U.S. Senator John McCain

“Five years ago, Jazz for Peace featuring Rick DellaRatta held their landmark concert at the United Nations which brought together Israeli, Palestinian and American Jazz musicians. Nearly 500 benefit concerts later, Jazz for Peace remains strong, supporting many worthy non-profit organizations…”

            ~ United States Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton                                                                                                                                          

“You are an excellent role model for us all, the kind of person to whom everyone can point with respect and admiration. thank you for all you do to make our world a better place. I’m very proud of you!


                                                      ~ Alcee L. Hastings – Member of Congress

“Your message of peace and unity serves as a welcome and timely reminder to the world that ultimately we are brothers and sisters and we all share a common destiny. I take this opportunity to commend your organization for your commitment to this noble cause. It is because of such selfless devotion to humanity by a few that the world today remains a safe home for many.”

      ~ Hon. Raila P. Odinga – Prime Minister – Republic of Kenya, Africa.

“Partnering with Jazz for Peace is…an opportunity for the community to experience world-class music, while raising much needed funds.” ~ The American Red Cross

“We felt the need to invite DellaRatta and his group because their work in promoting peace through music, is well known in the world.”  ~ UNICEF

“The concert was attended by people of all backgrounds…. The ceremony uniting Rick with the Maasai people marked a new beginning, a new lease on the life of caring for wildlife in the area.”

          ~ Paul Kilelu, Empaash Oloorienito Conservancy – Kenya, Africa

“We are honored to be receiving this benefit concert grant from the foundation, and to be bringing such a highly praised, culturally acclaimed event to Sun Valley.”       ~ Special Olympics 

“The performance was amazing. We enjoyed it very much! Cerdan was so happy as he felt the support, felt someone listening to his thoughts…we thank you for making time to be involved and supporting our efforts.”       

                      ~ Phira – Concert to address bullying in schools                                                                                                                 

“AIDSfreeAFRICA cannot wait to have you come to Cameroon for a Jazz for Peace concert. Very excited to see your progress…..” ~ AIDSfreeAFRICA

 “…what an extraordinary program you have….It is so impressive how you and your organization have committed yourselves to ensuring that some of the most at-risk, underprivileged children have access to such a vital growth tool, music….I truly believe this will significantly change my CASA Youth’s life in ways she never could have imagined just a few months ago. ”  ~ Gwendolyn Coleman – CASA of DC

“Rick DellaRatta is one of the people who is taking Jazz to the next level”   *Describing the music from Ricks Thought Provoking CD                                                                                     ~Dr. Billy Taylor

“This multi-talented pianist also has a wonderful voice! He composes with a monkish touch…also interesting is the good contrast in the soloing of the aggressive Leibman to the more laidback solos of DellaRatta with nice use of spaces.”                                                            ~Swing Journal – Japan

” DellaRatta brought new life to an old sweet song.”   ~ Boston Globe

“DellaRatta…..demonstrating a talent for composing, improvising and arranging….that recalled Thelonius Monk’s flair for refreshing familiar chord progressions with harmonic twists… imaginative reworking that moved from the sublime to swinging and back again.”  ~ Washington Post

“DellaRatta…well crafted with strong traces of influence from McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans.”  ~ LA Times         

“Jazz for Peace (featuring Rick DellaRatta) has earned its place as one of the most significant cultural events of our time!” The New Ghanaian (West Africa)                                                                   

“Sure it will be a good show.” ~ The New York Times Jazz Forum


Our studies have clearly shown that whether small or large, old or new, healthy and strong or in the most dire need:

The truly great causes and organizations all share one essential quality in common.

The willingness, determination, and dedication to thank, reward, rejuvenate &



your vital donor base!

The Jazz for Peace Foundation Empowerment Grant enables you to achieve this goal.


Turning Unprecedented Achievements into FUNDS!

By utilizing our Unprecedented Achievements, reputation, expertise and enormous previous event experience to help each Grant Recipient create a vast network of supporters that can sustain them for many years into the future, the Jazz for Peace Empowerment Grant “Separates the Wheat from the Chaff” and combines this step (ROOTS of the tree) with six additional branches of our Empowerment Tree to provide a Helpful Step Forward to the world’s very finest causes and organizations.

Once you have helped us “plant the roots”, Jazz for Peace can now reward you and your supporters and “Grow the Tree” by providing a World Class Cultural Event/Fundraiser and Donor EXPANDER at no cost to you along with the vital staffing, experience and expertise necessary to GROW the seven Branches of the Tree that you see below to enable you to achieve maximum success and long term benefits.


Previous beneficiaries have used this grant to earn up to $500,000 in a single night serving as both a springboard to your financial future and an outstanding addition to your other grants and events.

Short Term as well as Long Term Benefits:

Short term benefits of this grant help you formulate and strengthen the ROOTS of your Empowerment Tree and “confirm your event with funds already raised for you!”  This initial component of the grant will help you identify, thank, reward, honor and rejuvenate your past supporters as well as significantly expand this vital core group which may include Board Members, Family, Friends, Sponsors and Prestigious Associates. With the Roots now planted a total of SEVEN Sustainable Fundraising Branches can begin to grow simultaneously thereby providing the “Secret” to the success of this program.

See short term benefits of this Grant including all SEVEN Branches of the Empowerment Tree in this brief video from our event in Little Rock, AK


Long term benefits of this grant often extend for years beyond the actual event date and are derived from our commitment to your organization by sharing knowledge from our 850 previous grant experiences as well as the prestigious contacts, supporters and partnerships that have been accumulated throughout our 14 year history. In this example below which begins with a benefit concert at The Nairobi National Museum in Africa, Founder Rick DellaRatta works with the Maasai people on effective ways to eradicate piracy. This is just one of many examples of how Jazz for Peace continues to advocate for outstanding causes even AFTER their acclaimed Empowerment Grant has been awarded.

To get an idea of the long term benefits of this Grant, please watch this 2 minute video.

Click on link to watch Certified Maasai:


***** Think this Grant sounds too good to be true (FAQ#8)? Try telling that to our 850 previous Jazz for Peace Grant Recipients!*****

Below are testimonials…….


… the actual words of our Empowerment Grant Partners & Recipients.

*** FYI: After over 850 Events please note this page is very long. For the VERY LATEST Testimonials as well as to see how JFP funding STARTS with a simple comment click HERE:

*** For the VERY LATEST News, Video’s, Interviews  click HERE:

*** For ADDITIONAL updated list from 2017 and Beyond click here:  and scroll down to “Daily Comments from Around the World”.

*** For FAQ’s about this page please scroll all the way to the bottom.

Jazz For Peace Testimonials ~ Please enjoy our testimonials page below. 

Received August 8, 2022:  “Dear Debra, the concert was successful…Hearty thanks, Rick, Debra, and Jazz for Peace, for the successful 20th anniversary Jazz for Peace United Nations Concert in Nigeria…..Many thanks, Congratulations, and well done! It was great to welcome you to Nigeria. It will be nice to build on the connections created from the event in Nigeria. I’ve been requested to organize it again. Some persons who knew about the event few days to the event and also after the event…expressed their interest to participate in the future.” ~ Ukpeme Okon – Abuja, Nigeria

Received: May 11, 2022:

Hi Mr. DellaRatta!

Thanks again for appearing on Odds and Ends. The interview was fantastic and the experiences you shared are invaluable to our viewers. Your performance was incredible and really special, even more so because it was done live.

Thanks again for appearing on our show, we are very honored. We can’t wait to have you back for another episode!
Giovanni Vittozzi
Producer | Odds and Ends

See here: Rick performs “FREE J.A. Part 8” as an Intro to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “After The Love Has Gone” on Odds & Ends hosted by Clyde Bullard.

Received: October 27, 2020: ”Jazz for Peace is an outstanding organization characterized by prompt, thorough responses and high professional standards. The staff are uniformly intelligent and compassionate. I cannot speak highly enough about Jazz for Peace and my interactions with its staff….with awe, with respect, and with love” ~ Dr. Guy McPherson – Central Florida

Received: October 15, 2020: “You are AMAZING!….and the show was incredible. Thanks, Rick!” ~ Sarah Craig, Executive Director – Caffe Lena – Saratoga Springs, NY  Click here to see Live Stream of our latest Jazz for Peace™ Concert & Award Ceremony!  (See permanent link here:

Received July 15, 2019: See the video testimonial from Great Community Development of Kenya here:

And additional videos from this event below:

VIP’s Welcome Rick DellaRatta & Jazz for Peace in Kenya!

VIDEO #2: Jazz for Peace™ performs a selection from the Classic Miles Davis Album Kind of Blue:

Received January 17, 2019: “Dear Debra….I’m writing to you on behalf of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. We were honored to have you as our official partner for International Jazz Day in Washington, D.C. with the Jazz For Peace organization, and we would love to have you as part of our Jazz Day family again in 2019. Will you participate again this year? Please let me know if if there is anything we can do from our end to help make it happen. No matter how big or small the event is, we are very grateful for your partnership. I am available for a phone call as well if you would like to discuss details or ideas. Thank you again for helping to spread the global message of peace through jazz music! We look forward to working with you again this year!” Best wishes, ~ Thomas Pipkin, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz – Washington DC

Also Received Jan. 17, 2019: “talented individual enjoyed listening to him both vocally and instrumentally. Love the opportunity representing him to my clients base.“ ~ Jason Scheff, President at Fresh-Sync Talent – NYC

**Please note: The complete list of recent comments and testimonials is far too extensive to list at this page. Please click on the comments link above for the latest updates!

Received June 8, 2018: “I am very happy for the work you are doing here in Africa as a whole especially in Kenya” ~ Peter N. Mugekenyi, Chief of Gatanga Village – Kenya, Africa

Received January 5, 2018:  “I saw the video and wonderful support you have been doing….we greatly desire to work in partnership with your organization.” ~ Eddie Boston-Mammah – ABC4All Sierra Leone, Africa  * Commenting on our latest Video -How to get a Grant in 3 and 1/2 minutes!

Received December 27, 2017: “It has been indeed a great opportunity to interact with Rick. He is that talented not only in entertaining with the piano but also the ease with which he learns and adopts other people’s culture, irrespective of their class. He’s a ‘down to earth ‘ person seeing him walk through the Nairobi suburbs of Ruai in the hot and sunny weather. I could even see Ricks great humility when he could bow and recite Ernest prayers with our needy disabled and poor wheeled children.  His thirst in teaching empowerment skills  to all people of age groups is a true testimony of the human welfare we inevitably need all over.  Thank you Rick and thanks for Jazz” ~Charles Kizito, Founder and Director – St. Joseph CISKON NGO Africa Foundation –  Kenya, Africa  *SEE VIDEO –

December 25, 2017 “I was very happy to attend theJazz for Peace mentorship workshop yesterday to get adequate knowledge on how your organization works.I look forward to start a project on how to help neglected aged people.” ~ Lucy Sure – Nairobi, Kenya  *Click HERE to see hi-lites of this Jazz Mentorship Presentation titled “Walking the Walk”

December 13, 2017 “Hi Rick…..We miss you. Can’t forget the great show you had at Jazz Ville.” ~ Chris Ireland, Owner of Jazz Ville Kampala – Uganda, Africa  *See Video HERE!

December, 4, 2017 “In an era plagued by divisive rhetoric and constant conflict, it’s imperative to support institutions like Jazz For Peace. We need to build bridges instead of walls; cross cultural barriers in unity and peace. Jazz For Peace works tirelessly to achieve that through music.” ~ personal quote from Marlena Fitzpatrick-Garcia – Theatre Rep at AFM local 802, NYC.

Received October 27, 2017: “Jazz for Peace is an incredible organization, and I look forward to working with them to help increase access to education for youth worldwide!” ~ Eric Musonza, American Institutes for Research / Yale University – Washington, DC

Received Oct. 24, 2017: ”Jazz for Peace is an organization and an effort worthy of attention and support. Music is a universal language. The one true American art form is jazz. What better way to bring about peace and cooperation among men and women who share this planet as their home? After serving nearly a decade (2004-2013) at Jazz at Lincoln Center as Assistant Director of Public Relations, I have seen firsthand what jazz can do to encourage peace and compassion. I applaud Jazz for Peace.” ~ Scott Thompson –

Received October 19, 2017: “We were very impressed” ~  The Entrepreneurial Musicianship team at the New England Conservatory Of Music – Boston, Mass.

Received October 17, 2017: “As an event planner myself I can honestly say the Jazz for Peace Team are some of the very best! Our event at the New York Historical Society is one I will never forget. Amazing partnerships were formed including over 21 incredibly talented Artists who displayed their paintings along with some of the most talented Chefs in NYC who honored us with their appetizers at the VIP Meet and Greet which was also sponsored by top beverage companies. However as much as I loved the formalities it was the music of Jazz for Peace that ultimately won the day! Amazing Jazz, at an Amazing Venue, with Amazing Sponsors, and for an Amazing Cause.” ~ Timothy S. Wearne – NYC

****This was part of a series of Jazz for Peace™ events (see examples HERE and HERE ) that were held at the magnificent NY Historical Society on Central Park West.

Received July 19, 2017:  “International Jazz Day could not happen without partners like Jazz for Peace….using concerts, community outreach and education programs to raise support and awareness for local and international charities…to promote charitable and service-based activities that help make a positive difference in the world…to unify and empower the vulnerable in our society. We are indebted to you for your steadfast support, and look forward to working with you…” ~ Herbie Hancock

See a whole bunch more by clicking on our 2017 Comments Page!

April 30, 2017: “I want to thank you for your efforts to help make AMP’s IJD Concert a fun and engaging concert experience.” Peace, Jeanne ~ Jeanne Boardman, American Museum of Peace

March 19, 2017: “Your historic 2002 UN Concert was an inspired precursor to UNICEF’s 2011 designation of April 30 as International Jazz Day with concerts in every country in the world.  I can think of no one better able to share this story with the gift of your music…”  ~ Jeanne Boardman, American Museum of Peace (AMP) – Washington DC (See full letter HERE)

Oct. 8, 2016: “His piano playing was marvelous; he navigated the changes with both ease and a poetic grace…..vocals…were expressive and warm.” ~ Read complete Review HERE.

September 29, 2016:  “Thanks Rick for your great presentation and music performance. You demonstrated in person that #MakingMusicIsAProfession. Respect!” ~ Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi, Founder – MUSICIANS FOR MUSICIANS, NYC

See Rick’s performance of Cherokee at this Empowerment Grant Workshop presentation in NYC!

Received: January 24, 2016

“Hi John,
Thanks for all your hard work in making this concert happen in Pakistan.  I know that without the help of your team (especially you and Rick) this would have never happened.  I have learned a great deal and know that for your hard work and time there is not much monetary award for this particular concert.  Thanks again and God richly bless all of you,”
Bill Koeth, Chairman, Crossroad to Victory Ministries – Mount Vernon, Washington – SEE VIDEO HERE!

Received: January 17, 2016

rickflowers“Rick DellaRatta first time in Pakistan for Jazz For Peace concert at Avari, Lahore, New Life Ministeries of Pakistan welcomed him for being with us to give Message of Peace through jazz music and to spread the awareness about children’s literacy in Pakistan.” ~ Aamir Isaac Sindhu, Empowerment Grant Recipient – Click HERE to see SUMMARY of this event written by our Grant Recipient!

Understand the importance of this Landmark Event – CLICK HERE TO READ OUR CHILDREN, OUR FUTURE – Written by Aamir Isaac Sindhu.

December 31, 2015

“Respected brothers, we are thankful to you……to conduct this concert in Lahore, Pakistan. God is so big who made this possible for us through His own ways…..thankful to you all for the support and guidance and your kind help.”

Aamir Isaac Sindhu & Shagufta Aamir, 2015 Jazz for Peace™ Empowerment Grant Recipients and Executive and Assistant Director for New Life Ministries  – Lahore, Pakistan

“The TOTAL cooperation demonstrated across the board is such a prime example of what is needed.  With several more such opportunities brewing will continue on in Pakistan as well as possibility to repeat the first outstanding event. Truly appreciate the smooth professionalism with which this event was developed and handled.  Children in the World truly deserve this kind of working together to make happen what is so badly needed and so right…….we look forward to continued efforts for the selected myriad worthwhile causes that exist everywhere. HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

Burton Danet, Founder, A Better Community 4 All (abc4all) – Torrance, CA

See Article about this Historic Event in Pakistan:

Received: December 31, 2015

“The guests in attendance reported that the show was great and would attend again if asked. It was a pleasure speaking with Eva as well and I look forward to working with her in the future…..I can begin to reconnect with Center Stage during the first quarter of this year in order to set a date for 2017 and we have even begun to spread the word in New Orleans. We are flexible and willing to put in the work to create a great event with Jazz for Peace. I look forward to working with you all again soon!”

All the best,


Keisha Odour, 2015 Jazz for Peace™ Empowerment Grant Recipient and Executive Director Bella’s Blessings – Baltimore, MD

Received: September 29, 2015

“By following your model closely came a result that exceeded our expectations. This weekend, our team is going to start working on the next year event and the following year fest with full artistic control with you….People in Pokhara, Kathmandu and our team here in Hetauda are very excited. There is an expectation to do more with so many new partners joining up with EduVision because of the concert. Thanks for the best 10 days of EduVision’s existence.” ~ Suren Shakya, EduVision – Hetauda, Nepal

Received: March 13, 2015

“I write this for all the people to mention how powerful and beautiful Idea you have presented to the World. Priceless, incredible, tireless, unstoppable, something that nobody has done before in such wide range…..I have to say that I haven’t heard or have seen anything so impressive and powerfully effective mission around the world. I don’t know where to start: The very talented musicians, the effect on all those people around the world, the brilliant idea about getting all, especially young kids and all kinds of age people? It is a very amazing happening, changing the world around…”

Pandeli Lazaridi – Executive Director,  Lazarideus Voice Academy of Sound and Music – San Diego, CA

Click HERE to see all of our amazing 2015 Testimonials!

Received: March 8, 2015

“This is beautiful. Thank you for the hard work.”

Moses Kigozi – APY Uganda

Click HERE to see Jazz for Peace™ Live in Uganda Video! / Click HERE for concert review!  And Click HERE for Archived Link of print version with photos!

Received: October 9, 2014

“A wonderful video ! Its humbling and Im grateful for grant programs like yours. Thank You!”

Helen Demers ~ Soaring Art Therapy, Ontario, Canada

The Whole World is Watching! See complete list of Sept./Oct./Nov. Testimonials from around the world! –

Received: September 22, 2014

Jazz for Peace Video Presentation makes huge impact in Sierra Leone, Africa.

“Bringing The World Together…..The video is wonderful.”  ~ Mr Alfred Thomas, Ministry of Health – Sierra Leone

Click here for complete list of responses just from Sierra Leone!~

Received: September 12, 2014

I found the video to be informative as it took me through the steps needed to apply for grants. The fact that it was more sincere than slick also appealed to me. I came away feeling that the foundation was well run and helpful to groups trying to raise funds for the less fortunate. I think it is a worthy organization to join up with…”

Pennie –  VIP Guest of Honor for upcoming Jazz for Peace™ Event in Naples, FL for Sama Tata Foundation

Received: September 8, 2014

Spot On!!! Big Congratulations Rick & Much Success. Peace & Jazz, Daoud

Daoud-David Williams – Spirit of Life Ensemble (SOLE)

Also Received: September 8, 2014

“Congrats! Great work you and Jazz for Peace are doing, Rick – hope we get to work together one day. Cheers!”

Grace Testani – Grace Notes

Received: August 22, 2014

Once again reiterating my excitement and gratitude for the opportunity provided. Wishing your guidance and our effort help FLC Bangalured to rise from where it is to a position where it belongs.

Praveen Narayan Tumpala, FLC Bangalured – Bangalore, India

Received: July 22, 2014

I just watched the Jazz for Peace Grant Video… are doing wonderful things Rick.

(This) grant would be great to promote my Jazz History Book….So proud and happy for you.

JaRon Eames – Author, Jazz Conversations

Received: July 9, 2014

Hello John!!! The video is Amazing!!!

Vilelmini (Wilma) Katsi – Cinematographer –  Maroussi, Greece (suburb of Athens)

To see for your very own eyes – Watch our NEW “Grant Funding Video Presentation

List of Prestigious Supporters Grows for upcoming Africa Event!

Received: May 19, 2014

“Jazz for Peace is doing a unique job for mankind……welcome Rick to Cameroon…… Enjoy our wonderful heritage.”
Chief Ndifor Chungong

Received: March 23, 2014

“Jazz for Peace is a very powerful actor for social development worldwide. They empower individuals and organizations to achieve their rightful place and recognition both in their immediate societies and the world. I congratulate their Founder Rick and the organization for their outstanding contribution in the arts, humanities and in their unique models for peace. Welcome to Cameroon.”

HRH Chief Jonas Enenge Arrey – Click HERE to see what we have already accomplished as part of our 5th Tour of Africa this coming October.

Received: March 12, 2014

“Our organization will never be the same…..Why Rick cares so much, only The Good Lord knows – but do thank him again and again – it (has) been surreal and still is. Not sure how he came out with this idea but consecrating one’s life/using one’s fame to empower the helpless is a “h” of a legacy.”

Click HERE to read more about this confirmed event for H.A.S. in Yaounde, Cameroon as part of our 5th Tour of Africa!

Received: January 6, 2014

happy new year rick!!!..i still listen to your cds!! are an amazing artist!!…it’s been a few years since i saw you last when we played at the oasis center in the prince of peace in sturgeon bay….i want to thank you for allowing dave and i to perform with you that evening…you were very gracious and patient…it was fun though if not a little intimidating too!!

…i feel honored…keep up the good work you are doing in this world….i am thinking of our praise and worship pastor who is trying to raise money to go back to angola to help build a school there….would he qualify?

Mick – Green Bay, Wisconsin

Received: Nov. 14, 2013

“I would like to thank Jazz for Peace a lot for having chose our organization as potential beneficiary of the empowerment tree grant and mostly for all the dedication and effort you put in place to help us. For a long time I did not understand the importance to build the list of VIP guests of honor quickly. But as I read the FAQ about this grant, I have finally understood why it is essential for our organization to invite this VIP guest as soon as possible in order to allow you implement all your secrets to collect the maximum funding for us. thank you very much!”

Dolores – H.A.S. Cameroon

Received: Oct. 2, 2013

Hello Sir John,

….the interest of such partnership is very useful and noble for our planet to promote the full blooming of our being. The sound and jazzy feel to peace in the world, especially my nation’s democratic republic of congo.

Duke Tshibuyi – Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa

Also Received: Oct. 2, 2013

Dear Rick,

I am at a loss for words to say how glad I was to meet you. I am in awe of the powerful calling God has placed on your life to help establish peace among his people. You really inspire us as musicians in haiti to be more and do more with our talents. You have such a good attitude to manage your great talent. That is really a big blessing. We hope this trip was just the beginning of a growing partnership. May God continue to bless you as you continue to help his people.

Wadsene – Les Cayes, Haiti

Received: September 29, 2013

Dear John,

I congratulate you because you help me everyday until the concert is successful. I have to tell you that you are doing a great Job.

Jazz for peace had a wonderful performance…..everybody was happy and enjoying……i could (also) promote Jazz for peace in Belgium, Netherlands because my friends there would like to make fund raising for Haiti scholarship…..many other people would like Jazz for Peace come back to make a national tour like in the south, north,  port-au-prince for more days…… Rick has met with a few people like business man, political man who are looking forward to see Jazz for Peace in Haiti I think a good moment and a new experience that I have with Jazz for peace.

My staff , family and I were proud….


Marcel Jean – Haiti Scholarship Association – Port-au-Prince, Haiti

See Videos! – A.  Jazz for Peace arrives in Haiti

B.  Haiti Press Conference –

C. Télévision Nationale d’Haiti Presents JAZZ FOR PEACE™

D. Rick DellaRatta receives award (CLICK HERE!from the children of Port-au-Prince

Received: Sept. 19, 2013

May the peace of God be with the group Jazz for Peace……(and) make the program a success!

Jean Robert Dauphin – Secretary of Auditorium des partnaires Chretiens – Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Received: Sept. 17, 2013

We went through your website and really want to thank you guys, especially Rick, for all the wonderful work you been doing. We truly are honored…..and looking forward to working with you.


Damaris Foping, PhD/CRA – Chairperson of the Board of Directors, HelpforAfricanStudents, Inc. (H.A.S.)

**** New to this Grant Program? Please click here to read this letter –

Received: September 12, 2013

I have been impressed to the point of chocking when I have learned of all the things you have done to unite humankind. Jazz For Peace is the only organization of its kind in my limited awareness that is doing what no others are doing. And now it is a significant step for our organization in Hetauda to try to be totally free of having to rely annually to the fancy of supporters from abroad.  I hope that associating with Jazz For Peace will give us a life with a pretty big thrust in the international community, although we work in a small community that most of your supporters have not heard of. If everyone tried to better their community, then the world will be better on its own.


Suren Shakya – Founding Member, EduVision Foundation – Nepal

Received: August 21, 2013

Brilliant and noble what you are doing. I was just in South Africa and I understand how desperately people like yourself are needed. You have my complete respect for being a citizen of the world!

Steven Love

Received: 08/08/2013

“I’m grateful to volunteer for such an amazing organization!

… are such a help.”

Jheel Gosain – Jazz for Peace Volunteer (Social Media)

Received: 07/21/2013

You are doing very great work. Those videos are wonderful. Congratulations!

Pastor Gideon Osei – Clergy at Kingdom Mission Network, Intl. – Ghana, Africa

Received: 6/24/2013

Thanks so much for the wonderful performance at WHF’s launch in New York.

I do hope we keep on with our partnership and have many more events together in the future…..cant wait to watch the video.

Humberto Silva – World Hepatitis Fund

Received: 6/21/2013

Thanks very much for your participation in the event…… gave a great one……..I think this kind of event is something we are looking to do on a regular basis.

Paul Major – World Hepatitis Fund

Received: 6/15/2013

Thank you for this wonderful initiative “Jazz for Peace”. I wish the impact you make on lives and communities could be easily translated quantitatively. It would definitely be stunning!….i am very inspired.

Christi Grant

Received: 6/04/2013 (as posted on “Great Nonprofits” Website)

I first experienced this amazing organization, their music, and their mission when they came to Rwanda in 2009 to perform and aid UNICEF to welcome my country back with the rest of the world after the devastation caused by genocide. Their two concerts were the hi-lite of our country’s Amahoro Peace Week celebration. The publicity and awareness they created was worldwide and since then our country has thrived far beyond even our own lofty dreams and expectations from the Empowerment Tree that they have grown as part of their advocacy for each cause that they represent. It is my hope to someday be able to tell other outstanding causes about this important opportunity and significant Helpful Step Forward for their sustainable future.

Ella Magera – Kigali, Rwanda

 Received: 4/25/2013


Howie Rogers – Axis IV Studios – Hemet, CA

I want to Thank You and the Jazz for Peace Quartet for performing at the Casa Del Sol Ballroom last night! ….everyone Truly enjoyed your music and performance! I also want to Thank You for letting Groove, Edwin and myself sit in and Jam with you! Good Luck with you and your Jazz for Peace Foundation!

Heart to Harp, Bobby Joe Holman

Received: 3/20/2013

After reading and re-reading the “3 Easy Steps to Obtain Grant” (, I have grasped the idea sufficiently to apply on behalf of our noble peace and human rights organization.

I am awe-inspired by the words and feedback of those whose lives it has changed and for the many organizations that the Jazz for Peace has helped to help others.

We are aware of the important and valued connections it will make not just for our programing efforts, but the incredible networking opportunities and of course a chance for B-Gifted to shine and propagate the message of peace that is at the heart of our programs via the incredible creative abilities and powerful music that is made possible through Jazz for Peace. 

With warmest wishes,

Andrew –  – Sierra Leone, Africa

Received: February 8th, 2013

Congratulations! (As) one of the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012!….I want to personally thank you for being part of our community. . We’re excited to show you what’s next.

With sincere thanks,

Deep Nishar – Senior Vice President, LinkedIn

Received: January 9th, 2013

I’m watching your videos as I write this and I’m very proud of…what your doing for Africa, India, and (for) overseas trips in the future. I pray that you will expand..your services there and bless them and yourself too…you deserve it…God bless

Mark J Belli

Jazz for Peace Africa/India Tour — See videos of all three amazing events at:
Received: Dec. 31, 2012

“it is my hope and dream that this event will be the first of many for JAZZforPEACE in India….I give my heartful Thanks to all in Jazz for Peace”

G. Suresh Kumar – PASS – Tamil Nadu, India (Arni – Tiruvanamalai district)
Received: Dec. 24, 2012

…..we are very glad that we had the chance to host Rick/Jazz for Peace in Kenya…… We are so excited, the community groups particularly the women are also very exited and we all are looking forward to the next steps…

Everlyne, SEETO, Kenya
Received: December 19, 2012

The Jazz for peace concert received series loud applauses and Rick endeared the heart of the audience who stood to their feet several times to a very great music.

At the time we were leaving, there two more callings for Rick to perform including an Ivorien refugee camp.

Charles Addoco, Youth with a Global Vision, Ghana, Africa

Received: November 12, 2012

Thank you for your work and we are hoping to continue working with Jazz for Peace in the future.

All the best,


David L. McCoy -Executive Director – GADC

Read articles about this event! Concert Review:

Archived Version:

“Jazz for Peace…has earned its place as the most significant cultural event of our time” – New Ghanaian –

Received: October 19, 2012

Las Vegas, NV -“Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace…. now considered worldwide to be one of the most significant cultural events of our time!” See Archived Link:

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the…Jazz for Peace…benefit…at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. I commend the Nevada Youth Alliance for hosting this evenings gala….I am honored to congratulate and thank these exceptional individuals for their service.”

Harry Reid – United States Senate House Majority Leader

“It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the Jazz for Peace benefit concert featuring jazz artist, Rick DellaRatta, who so generously and selflessly shares his extraordinary talent to benefit the world’s finest organizations – in this case our communities own Nevada Youth Alliance…..I appreciate the opportunity to show my support for this exciting concert.”

Dean Heller – United States Senator – Nevada

“I am proud to welcome recording artist Rick DellaRatta who works globally in support of many worthwhile causes and has taken up the support of one of Las Vegas well noted philanthropic Giants, Nevada Youth Alliance.”

Ricki Y. Barlow – Las Vegas City Councilman

“Tonight it is our desire to not only extend honors but to share an entertaining and enlightening evening with you. To this and we have invited the world-class jazz musician and philanthropist Mr. Rick DellaRatta of Jazz For Peace.”

“Rick’s exceptional musical tours have benefited hundreds of deserving organizations around the world. NYA is truly grateful to have received his esteemed support for this event.”

David Osman – President – Nevada Youth Alliance

Click here for Photos of the event!

Received: October 2, 2012

Jazz for Peace benefit concert for STEPS for Kids Ann Arbor MI, Sep 30, 2012

Rick DellaRatta is a serious and melodic jazz composer, keyboardist, and singer who connected with our audience……audience members were ecstatic.

Some who had come to the concert to support STEPS for Kids left jazz enthusiasts..

The owner of the very cool venue…..was thrilled with Rick’s performance, and is eager to arrange another Jazz For Peace concert….we gained legitimacy and esteem, both from having been chosen by Jazz for Peace as a recipient of this concert, and by the excellence of the concert.

What a win-win-win-win-win occasion!

Diane Macaulay

Steps for Kids – Ann Arbor, MI

Received: October 2, 2012

Dear Jazz for Peace,

I was warmly touched by Rick DellaRatta. I have met few like him.

Jazz has new meaning for me for sure, he was a gift to us.


Black Crystal Cafe – Ann Arbor, MI

Received: August 30, 2012

Dear Jazz for Peace,

I like how your doing things, and may God bless your compassionate love for helping me and the connections world wide.

Michael Owino – Secretary General – Wendo Kikwetu Self Help Group

Received: August 30, 2012

Dear Mr. De Angelis,

I am writing you to let you know that these are the best individuals I have ever worked with and you are greatest boss I have ever had.


Jacinta Lawson – Grant Assistant – Jazz for Peace Foundation

Received: May 20, 2012

The event yesterday was fantastic! Rick and the band were truly outstanding.

He played with the kids and it was lovely. Overall, a huge success! Thanks!

Michael – Voces y Manos

Berkeley, CA

Received: April 26, 2012

Dear Mr. Rick Della Ratta,

What an extraordinary program you have. It is so impressive how you and your organization have committed yourselves……

Gwendolyn A. Coleman -Volunteer CASA of D.C

Latest News: April 15, 2012 – At the very same time that a wave of attacks were taking place at the Afghanistan Capital, the very first concert ever uniting Afghans and Americans was being held in San Ramon, CA featuring the internationally acclaimed Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace and Afghani Musical Artist Najim Nawabi. – Click HERE.

(Rick and Jazz for Peace were) “Absolute best…….consummate professional…….highlight of my night.”

Arthur Melendez – US Liaison for Hope for Women and Children –

Received: March 11th, 2012

This project in Africa is wonderful, and I send my love your way in support of this work. The 2nd video really got me…….right in my heart …..a warmest and sincerest of bravos go out to you, your colleagues at Jazz for Peace, and all that are supporting this most needed endeavor…. It’s an incredible thing to consider- that out of 9/11, a promising program of love and support could be and flourish as it has for many years now.

With much admiration,

Stan Jeffs

Seattle, WA

Received: February 16th, 2012

Hi Rick,

AIDSfreeAFRICA can not wait to have you come to Cameroon for a Jazz for Peace concert. Very excited to see your progress…..From the Iguana Restaurant in New York City’s Jazz for Peace concert supporting AIDSfreeAFRICA to Cameroon! You are on your way.

With heaps of love and peace,


Received: January 7th, 2012

Dear Rick,

Your documentary project linked below is phenomenal and we wish you all the best in this endeavor.

Let us know how we can help. I’m copying this to our board and members. We’re proud to be recipients of the Jazz For Peace grant, as well, and will always remember the wonderful concert you gave for us in Fort Lauderdale!

HAPPY NEW YEAR and Thanks,

Joan Cartwright, Executive Director

Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.

See letter from longtime Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings here:

Received: December 18th, 2011

Dear All,

It still feels like a dream come true….all the special person was there…

The performance was amazing. We enjoyed it very much! Cerdan was so happy as he felt the support, felt someone listening to his thoughts…we thank you for making time to be involved and supporting our efforts.




Best Regards,



Received: December 12th, 2011

Hello John and Deb,

I thoroughly enjoyed the Jazz for Peace concert. Rick was AWESOME. I didn’t think I liked Jazz music until I heard him. He touched our hearts. The location was AWESOME. It was a “classy” atmosphere, naturally decorated this time of year with the Christmas theme…poinsettas everywhere. The people….really enjoyed themselves and indicated that they will go back and tell others for next year.

We are hoping for the opportunity to do this again, around the same time next year……

Thanks for a wonderful cultural experience.


IAMBK, Inc. – Auburn, Alabama

Click HERE for our previous Alabama event in Huntsville!

Received: December 9th, 2011

One of the worlds most respected Charities calls the Jazz for Peace Empowerment Grant “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!”

Click HERE to read our Latest Article:

Received: Monday, November 21, 2011







Received: Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Thank you for the enjoyable evening. Everyone loved your Melodic Rhythms. I was particularly impressed at how well you played with the other musicians. You are a cool guy and a very talented artist. Have a peaceful journey home and hopefully our efforts to raise the conscious awareness of the world will prevail.

Ethan and the sustainable living crew at Rain Fuel in Durango, CO

Received: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hallo Rick,

I congratulate you for the noble cause you do to many disadvantage people around the globe.

I believe some job no man can pay but only God. That is why God has created few among us like your nature to do what many cannot manage in simple ways but with unmeasurable benefits to the society.

I do really applaud you for your generosity and pro-society attitude and initiative to change the life of others……which I believe will enhance progression of future attaining of key fundamental projects for the Rendille to better their lives.

Thanks and God Bless

Ibrahim Ali Leruk – Nairobi, Kenya

Received: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dear Sir Madam,

This is to express our utmost appreciation for the just concluded Jazz for peace grant concert performed in Nairobi by Rick Della Ratta for our organization You and I Kenya.

Because of this event our organization has gotten a lot of publicity in and outside Kenya and we believe this is going to open doors for funds to support our needy communities in the rural pastoral areas.

We also take this opportunity to thank Jazz for Peace and Rick Della Ratta for appointing our organization as “Empowerment Grant Ambassador” in Kenya. This appointment will enhance our effectiveness as established national NGOs. We are indeed very grateful for this.

As empowerment Grant Ambassador, we promise to promote the name and activities of Jazz for Peace in Kenya and beyond. We also undertake to offer our unequivocal advice on the best approaches that Jazz for Peace should adopt when partnering with NGOs from third world countries.

We also undertake to espouse the values that Jazz for Peace stands for as we pursue community sustainable development among the pastoral community in Kajiado, Narok, Laikipia and Samburu Counties.

We wish to convey our gratitude to Rick for taking the time to explain to us in details how Jazz for Peace operates in raising funds and publicity for organizations.

In our subsequent communication we will indicate the institutions and organizations we would like Jazz for Peace to approach to support You and I Kenya.

We look forward for a successful and lives changing partnership.

Yours truly,

Tore Nankoris

Program Coordinator and Secretary to the Board.

Received: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hey Rick,

It was a great experience for me getting to meet you and actually play music together.

For me I am convinced that this is the beginning of a long term relationship based on mutual vision both for; the most versatile of art forms as well as love for mankind as a species.

Lets keep the fire burning.

Tetu Totuma

Maasai Musical Artist and opening act for Jazz for Peace Concert in Kenya.

Received: Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thank you so much for taking us on an amazing intimate journey into the world of Jazz.

Donnie & I thoroughly enjoyed your set. I look forward to hosting an evening with you & a few of our friends in the community!

It would be awesome to someday hear your story, maybe Lisa can help you write your memoirs one day.  🙂

Yvonne & Donnie Terry

Sacramento, CA

Click Here to see the Beautiful Spanish Classical Guitar Signed by the Guitar Maker that was donated at this event!

Received: Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dear John:

we thank you, Deb, and Rick DellaRatta sincerely from our hearts. God bless you so much. I’ll recommend you to my friends in Britain who has an NGO and some of my friends in Ghana……

you are the best, the Board members and our VIP’s really enjoyed the music, Rick DellaRatta has a lot of talents and he is a kind and generous man.

Thank you so much for the musical instrument. Dzifa Avalime was really excited about it. We hope to contact you again in the near future for assistance in fundraising.



Bi-Habawalk, Inc.

Received: Wednesday, September 23, 2011

Dear Rick,

I cant wait to have you preach Peace in Kenyan Soil on 26th October this year.

It is such an honour for us here at YOU and i Kenya……i am indebted to your team (the able John and Deb) for their constant communication and directions to us.

We at YOU and I Kenya have teamed up and work closely to make this historic event an envy of many. We have taken it with seriousness it deserves…….. On behalf of the YOU and I Kenya team, we assure you a next to none function.

thank you very much and we look forward to having a great future together to preach peace to the world through Jazz Music as well as improving lives of unfortunate in the society.

Ruth Kilusu

YOU and I Kenya

Received: Wednesday, September 7, 2011


I am thrilled to know about this great organization and to help organize a fabulous event in partnership with your organization.

In gratitude,

Helen Wyman

Events Manager, Linden Street Brewery ,Oakland Events and Marketing Consultant, Executive Director of the Friends of the Oakland Fox

Received: Thursday, September 1, 2011

Click here to read about the first instrument to be donated.

considering the hurricane…..I was worried at first, but……in the evening……. the room was full. I enjoyed Rick very much and I like him as a person as well.…..he was improvising with the little boys…..and everyone went wild! We’d like to have a very big event in LA either June 22nd or 23rd if possible. is the date available? and if so, can we start right away with the jump start for this date? Thanks so much for everything!

Much Love, Pep

Pepper Simone – Executive Director – Make a Better World Foundation –

Click here to read Ratzo’s article about this event for The American Music Center.

Received: Monday, June 27, 2011

Everyone had a great time!

Rick was awesome…would love to (have him) come back to Idaho. We would have the concert in Sun Valley.

Laurie and Emma, Special Olympics

See pictures taken at the event!

Received: Friday, June 24, 2011

Many thanks for all your effort ..there were certainly some valuable connections made .

Daniel E. Moody – Global Peace Partners, Inc.

See pictures taken at the event!

Received: June 16, 2011

Hi Deb and John,

We were very pleased by the nice concert that Rick and his colleagues…gave… We hope there may be some opportunity again…now that we better understand the process and the great work your organization does.

Best wishes,

Nathan D. Wong

See pictures taken at the event!

Received: June 12, 2011

LOVED IT!  What a great night,


Kerry McCoy – President,, Little Rock, AR

See pictures taken at the event!

Received: May 30, 2011

Dear Rick,

It was a pleasure meeting you. I am looking forward to working with you to make next years Jazz Festival a huge success.

CC Cobb – Page/Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce See pictures taken at the event!

Received: May 23, 2011

(The) Show and Rick were amazing!

Amber Jones –, Little Rock, AR

See Video of this event!

Received: May 18, 2011

I’ve received so many positive remarks about the event on May 14. Each person regarded the music of a very high caliber…Thank you for your contribution to this event. I’m sure it will be remembered for years to come.

All the best,
Joan Cartwright – WIJSF, Florida

Received: May 7, 2011


Many people at the concert were Snowbird skiers and some were employees from the Snowbird and Alta ski resorts . After the concert ended we all interacted with each other and shared our great enthusiasm for the music, the musicians, and especially Rick DellaRatta’s capabilities as a world-class musician to lead and encourage his fellow 3 musicians to create such joyful music.

Some of those at the concert told me they had not been to a jazz concert in years and regretted they had missed Rick’s concert last year, but, they said: “Let us know when he is coming back…we won’t miss any of his future concerts.” Others said to me: “You do such great work with the Samburu and now we get to hear the best jazz music…what a combination. He helps you and we have a pile of fun.” Another told me: “I wanted to get up and dance to the music…it really got me going.”Other people told me: “We would be happy to help with the promotion of the next concert. Let us know and get us involved.”

Wilma Johnson, Founder – Samburu Tribal Advancement (AND Snowbird Ski Resort!) – Salt Lake City, Utah

Click below for preconcert article and post concert review.

Archived versions:  &

Recieved April 30, 2011

Hi Debra,

I hope all is well with you and the jazz for peace group i want to thank you all for the wonderful concert and a great performance and the exposure for the orphanage.

Thank you all, God bless you

Theresa Lamptey

Recieved April 28, 2011

To the Jazz For Peace Benefit Concert Participants

Thank you for participating this evening in the 800th Jazz For Peace Benefit Concert hosted by Halvorson’s Upstreet Café in Burlington, benefiting The Root Center.As Governor, I am proud to recognize an event that raises awareness for community development through the arts. An internationally renowned organization, Jazz For Peace promotes community living through the tones and vibrations of music. While you listen to Jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Rick DellaRatta tonight, remember that through our many differences living in this state, there is always more that unites us than divides us.

Peter Shumlin, Governor, Vermont

Read the full letter.

Recieved April 12, 2011

I would like to extend my best wishes for a successful event.

Robert Redford

Received: March 28, 2011

Dear Deb,

We were so amazed by the wonderful concert! Thank you for your hard work and efforts.The musicianship, the passion, the quality of singing and the musicians were all wonderful!Your work with graphics was great and helped sooooo much!

Thanks for everything!

Ruth Rim – Refugee Immigration Ministry, Boston, MA

Received: March 22, 2011

“The concert was attended by people of all backgrounds – politicians, conservationists, musicians, tour operators, students, government officials and the landowners of EOC. Mr. Gideon Konchela, the former Minister for Immigration, opened the ceremony.

On our journey the next day to the upper Mara we witnessed activity that is seriously incompatible with the existing natural ecosystem.According to Mr. Wilson Korrir, Assistant Director- Kenya Wildlife Service, the Jazz for Peace concept of empowerment was the best at this time when conservation of wildlife and the environment is in critical need. Mr. Korrir contributed many ideas on how the Jazz for Peace empowerment concept can be used to save our critical ecosystem in many parts of Kenya.

The ceremony uniting Rick with the Maasai people marked a new beginning, a new lease on the life of caring for wildlife in the area.”

Paul Kilelu, Empaash Oloorienito Conservancy, Kenya, Africa

Click HERE for video. / Click HERE for concert review.  /  Click HERE for Radio Interview.

Click HERE to read the amazing summary of this historic event and inspiration for our upcoming Movie “Saving the Maasai Mara”

Received: Monday March 21, 2011

Dear Jazz for Peace,

Thanks for a great show!

Rick was great ..thank you for your honesty and integrity. It means a lot to me. We rode the bumps and got it done.

Rina Saperstein, Executive Director, MPA

Recieved: Monday March 21, 2011

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for the great show and all the work you did. We were covered on two tv stations and got our mission out.

Tebbe Farrell, Development / Tutoring / Volunteers, Power Inspires Progress / Venice on Vine, Cincinnati, OH

Received: March 10, 2011

Dear Rick,…my most sincere appreciation for selecting Nairobi as a venue for your concert…drawing both local and international attention to the Empaash Oloorientito Conservancy Trust in its efforts to conserve the Maasai Mara…I commend your organization for your commitment to this noble cause.

Raila Odinga, Prime Minister, Kenya – Read the full letter.

Learn more about the problems facing the Great Migration of the Maasai Mara.

Received February 20, 2011

Hello Rick,

I am so glad I watched u live in Nairobi. As a Maasai, i appreciate a lot your humble contribution to conseration..

Live long and God bless you,

Ruth Sintamei Kilusu

Received: February 7, 2011

The concert on Saturday night here in Seattle was a great success!

Everyone who attended raved about the music and had a great time. My thanks to you and John for helping me put it together.

Joyce McClure, Executive Director, Bridges to Understanding

Received: February 2, 2011

Thank you Mr. Rick DellaRatta and the entire Jazz for Peace crew. You have given us the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful music and most importantly raise the fund we needed.Because of you, because of this particular event, we are much known among non-Oromos especially Americans. Our name is heard by many and our cause travelled across the globe.

Biftu Bari

Read the full article here.

Received: December 08, 2010

Hi Deb,

We very much enjoyed meeting you and Rick and listening to some great music. We got some very good feedback for the show. Thanks so much for making the trip!

Monique, Centro Latino, Boston, MA See pictures taken at the event!

Received: October 26, 2010

Hi Deb!

The event was wonderful.

Warm Regards,

Pamela A. Mills, Insight Breast Cancer Organization

Received: October 26, 2010

Hey Deb and John,

I just wanted to say thank you so so much from the bottom of my heart. I don’t think any of this would be possible without you. So many people were happy and appreciative. As Rick probably told you most the Oromo people are immigrant so they are not much familiar with Jazz music but they like it.

My mom was mesmerized by it.

Sena Jimjimo, Oromo Community Association of Chicago

Received: October. 15, 2010

I applaud the efforts of Innocence Matters to… bring about reform in our criminal justice system, and thank you for the significant support this concert represents.

Gerald F. Uelmen, Professor of Law and Former Dean, Santa Clara University School of Law / Former Executive Director, The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice

Received: October 12, 2010

Thank you Jazz for Peace for a wonderful performance!

Oh- I really can’t thank you enough! We all had such a wonderful time. I can’t tell you how many parents from the Mason-Rice School were enthusiastic about what I do with Boston Arts After School- and everyone was so impressed with Rick’s performance and the whole Jazz for Peace event. It was great to raise money, but more importantly, I really feel some significant awareness was raised about BAASO among all these people in the community in which I work- who now (after such an awesome event) will no doubt be spreading the word to their colleagues, friends and family!

The other board members and I would be very excited to have you back (if you would be interested!) to do more events in the future. As Boston Arts After School is a growing organization, I can only see these events getting bigger and better each time! You certainly helped give us the “kick-start” we needed 🙂

I already updated the website events page with some great pics. Please do check it out, and our homepage is a big THANK YOU to Jazz for Peace!

Thanks again for everything!

Looking forward to working with you in the future,

Christen Mailler, Founding Director, Boston Arts After School Organization

Click HERE to see an AMAZING MUSICAL EXCERPT from this event! And HERE as Christen introduces Rick & Jazz for Peace™

Received: October 6, 2010

Dear Jazz for Peace,

Ricks concert got rave reviews by all the Jazz “aficionados”. Thank you so much for the benefit and the opportunity to work with you. I learned a lot, worked a lot, enjoyed a lot and next will be even better.

With gratitude,

Theresa Green, The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs,Salem, OR

Received Sept. 28, 2010

Hi Rick,

I’m so happy to hear your shows are plentiful. Thank you so much for the concert in July. Your music far surpassed our expectations!


Michelle, Samburu Tribal Advancement

Received: Sept. 27, 2010

Hi Rick:

…that is enormously kind of you to have given a concert for the Cheyenne.

My deep thanks again for your concert for the Samburu. I keep meeting people who came to the concert and they are all saying they want you to come back…let’s hope we can make it happen next year.

Shall stay in touch…best wishes,


See pictures taken at the event!

Wilma Johnson, Founder – Samburu Tribal Advancement (AND Snowbird Ski Resort!) – Salt Lake City, Utah

Received: Sept. 25, 2010

Thank you so much for all (your) teachings, time and effort.


Viviana, Mandala Transformation Foundation

Received: Thursday, September 16, 2010

“..steadfast and creative…Jazz For Peace unites the world of the arts with the arenas for justice. May other musical and artistic groups emulate your example and your consistency.”

For Peace and Justice,

Ralph Nader

View the Full Letter

Received: September 15, 2010

Thanks again for everything…It was fun and Rick was GREAT!

YES without a doubt he has an amazing talent…

Lewis G. Maharam, M.D., FACSM aka Running Doc TM, Medical Director, Competitor Group’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series and Team In Training; Chairman, Board of Governors, International Marathon Medical Directors Association

Received: September 13, 2010

Hi Deb,

I want to say thank you for your help with the Jazz for Peace Concert, Rick and the band were great I have received a lot good feed back, everyone really enjoyed it.

Thanks again for everything.

Joy St. Peter, Director, The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs

Received: Aug 23, 2010

Hi Deb,

The concert was great yesterday!

We had…attendance…double what we had 2 years ago…everyone had a great time…

Thanks for everything…be in contact again in a couple of years.


Received: August 16, 2010

Dear Mr. DellaRatta,

Your United Nations concert highlighted the importance of cooperation between the peoples of every nation. I am delighted that you have decided to bring your fine program to Fort Lauderdale Thanks to your great talent, hard work and dedication to the cause of peace, we have the distinction of hosting a truly memorable event.

You are an excellent role model for us all, the kind of person to whom everyone can point with respect and admiration.


Alcee L. Hastings, Member of Congress

View the Full Letter

Received: August 2, 2010

Hi Deb,

The concert was great andthe enthusiasm kept mounting as the concert proceeded. It was a marvelous benefit for the Samburu tribes-people.

Thanks ,


See pictures of the event!

Received: July 29, 2010

“The significant efforts between Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace have resulted in enormous benefits to organizations, groups, and charities all over the world.

Ralph Becker, Mayor, Salt lake City, Utah

View the Full Letter

Received: May 10, 2010

Hi Debra,

You and John have been fantastic.

The concert was a hit and EVERYBODY there LOVED it!

Rick DellaRatta was AMAZING!

I got a call from some Indian nonprofit org. today asking me what I thought about my experience with Jazz for Peace and would I recommend it to them?

I told her, YES!


Alan CK Sweet, Founder, “I AM” Workshop Tour

Received: April 2, 2010

Hi Rick,

I am taking this opportunity to thank you for believing so much in our mission that you came all the way to Maryland last March 12th to support Aumazo. I am equally grateful to you for putting our Aumazo on the map of deserving organizations. Based on the feedback, all my guests were delighted with the show and many are looking forward to another opportunity.

I believe that it was just the beginning. Thank you for choosing to be part of our journey. I look forward to another opportunity that you will present to Aumazo.

Again thank you for believing in my work.

Best regards,

Jacqueline T. Audige M.A, Founder & CEO, Aumazo, Inc.

Received: March 29, 2010

Hi Deb,

The music was great… I can really see Rick and the WSA doing something again in the future…hopefully this was just the beginning of a WSA/Jazz for Peace relationship.

Allison K. Lyon, Williams Syndrome Association

Received: March 26, 2010

Dear Rick,

I thoroughly enjoyed your music. Absolutely great.

It was very good of you to come to Washington to help Aumazo with the fundraiser.

With the help of my friend at the National Press Club, I will definitely be working on a fund-raiser for later this year.

Will be in touch.


William H. Dent Jr., Executive Director, Natural Partners. Washington, DC

Received: March 8, 2010

Hi Deb,

The event went really well! Everything was just great. Thanks so much for your help in putting this together.

Katie Puzauskas, Arizona Justice Project

View a flyer for the event

View the full letter

February 8, 2010

The directors and volunteers of Global Community Engagement would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who joined us at Jazz for Peace. It was a beautiful sunny Florida day, the music was fantastic and we feel everyone enjoyed themselves greatly.

Global Community Engagement

Received: January 19, 2010

Hi Deb!

I’m sure you heard from Rick and Timothy that everything went very well. The concerts were terrific (of course!) and the art show looked wonderful.

Rick announced that he’s doing a NY concert for Haiti. I got a lot of interest from the audiences. We’d love to host it if it works with everyone’s schedule.

The Sickle Cell Network folks were terrific. They brought in quite a few people and I’m giving them an information table at a program I’m doing onHarlem in late February.

I’m sending LOTS of positive energy your way.


Kathleen M. O’Connor, New-York Historical Society, West New York, NY

Received: November 7, 2009

Original plans for a Jazz for Peace concert featuring Jazz Pianist and Vocalist Rick DellaRatta mushroomed into something much more : A way to connect personal, community and global issues.

Susan Marteney, Executive Director, Auburn Chapter, American Red Cross

Our goal in partnering with Jazz for Peace is to provide an opportunity for the community to experience world-class music, while raising much needed funds to make sure that the Red Cross can continue to provide emergency assistance to victims of disaster, train the community in life savings skills and collect blood.

Tom Filiak, Chairman of the Board of Directors, American Red Cross

Received: October 26, 2009

Dear Rick,

Congratulations. You’ve really made an incredible marriage between performing jazz artists, new audiences and a good “cause”.

Joan Athey, Peaceworks Now Productions, Victoria BC, Canada

Received: October 16, 2009

A luta pela Paz no mundo tem várias formas, cores e sons. O símbolo da Paz é a pomba, a cor é o azul celestial das Nações Unidas, e o som é o que Rick DellaRatta vem oferecendo ao mundo em suas centenas de apresentações do Jazz for Peace. Os reflexos desse maravilhoso trabalho ecoam por toda parte, e reverbarão por décadas à frente. Toque mais uma vez Rick.

[The struggle for world peace has many shapes, colors and sounds. The symbol for peace is the dove, the color is the celestial blue of the United Nations, and the sound is the one that Rick DellaRatta has been offering to the world in his hundreds of presentations. The reflections of this wonderful effort have been echoing everywhere, and will last for decades ahead. Play it again Rick!]

Prof. Marcos Cintra, Labor Secretary for São Paulo, Brazil  See details of this event!

Received: October 01, 2009

Thank you very much for contacting me…we had a very nice talk with Rick, and I was surprised to learn about all the possibilities you offer.

Thank you again, for all your efforts to help non-profits to achieve their goals!

all the best


Received: September 28, 2009

Dear Debra,

What wonderful news you send us at this time. I commendRick, John & you on a job well done!

We love the attachment’s you’ve sent us – it is always a great thing to see that there are good people in the world. Many thanks for all of your efforts in helping us for at this time we need it so desperately – our coffers are all but empty as well as our personal assets in our attempts to keep on doing what we believe in.

Many Thanks.

Howard L Johnson, Founder & Director,

Received: September 14, 2009

Hi Deb,

Many thanks for a great concert on September 11! ..those who attended are still calling me to talk about how much they enjoyed it. My board treasurer just called to say they wished they had brought their 2 year old —as they were loving the music so much.

this was the first event of this nature we’ve ever done, so hope to put the learning to good use and create an annual event. Neighbors visited with me yesterday and talked about how interesting and great it was . such a great performance.

We sure hope Jazz for Peace had a positive experience as well. Next time Rick is in Montana, time for a visit to Yellowstone or Glacier Parks is a MUST!

Talk to you soon,

Linda Henry, Project Director, Community Housing Resource Board

Received: June 22, 2009 4:21 PM

Rick —

Thank you for the great show you put on Saturday evening! Everyone there had a great time and were very impressed with you and what you are doing …

We are so glad you had a chance to see our neighborhoods, meet some of our youth and older folks we work with, and get to know us a little better. We would love to grow this event into something much bigger and look forward to working with you on that.

We hope you enjoyed your time in Cincinnati as much as we enjoyed having you here!

Thanks again!,

Marilyn and DeNeisha, Communities United For Action – Cincinnati, Ohio

Received: June 22, 2009


I just wanted to say Thank You for all your help with our event last Saturday. Our folks had a great time — everyone wanted to know when Rick will be back to do another show.

What is Rick’s e-mail address?

Marilyn and I want to thank him for the great show.

Thanks again!

DeNeisha Calvert, Communities United For Action

Received: June 1, 2009

Hi Deborah and Rick,

I enjoyed working with Rick on the Jazz For Peace benefit at Nighttown this past Saturday. I appreciate that you chose our venue for the show.The show went off fine, and I appreciate how hard Rick is working and admire his commitment to supporting social causes.

I applaud both of you for what you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Please let me know if Rick is traveling out this way again.

all the best,

Jim, Jim Wadsworth Productions (JWP), Cleveland, Ohio

Received: June 1, 2009

Dear Rick and Debra, It was a pleasure to work with you all. I hope you will come back soon to play, and also tell the story about Africa.


Roy King – Cleveland, Ohio

Received: May 27, 2009

Hi Deb,

The shows were great. (and) the people who were there had a super time. All the music was great, and JFP did a jam session with the local band, HolyJah Doves.

The groups decided to jam impromptu, and everyone loved it!…it showed the cultures coming together, being harmonious, and uniting! Which everyone enjoyed.

The 2nd night, for the VIP dinner, the room was booked solid. The hotel had to set up extra tables as people waited…so that was again really great!


Mark, Ministry of Sports – Kigali, Rwanda

Received: May 14, 2009


Thank you for performing in Columbus on behalf of Columbus Collegiate Academy!

We enjoyed your beautiful music and think Jazz for Peace is doing great things. We are honored to have been part of it.

Jackie Messinger, Chair / Andrew Boy, Founder, Columbus Collegiate Academy

Received: April 27, 2009

Hi Deb,

The event went really well. Rick and the rest of the band were awesome… (and) generated quite a buzz among the school choice movement here in Ohio.

Andy, Columbus Collegiate Academy

Received: March 28th, 2009

Dear Rick:
I loved your music last night beyond words.

Thank you for that performance.

I was trying to capture a voicing or two but it was too difficult to concentrate on the technique while being captured by the beautiful music.


Received: March 25th, 2009

Hello Tim and Debbie and Rick!!

I’d like to say a big heartfelt thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Jazz for Peace benefit concert event this past Sunday!!! It was truly an honor!! I really enjoyed the music, the other artists, and the energy of art and jazz supporters swirling around!!! Bravo on your mission, efforts and collaborative spirit in bringing people together to promote awareness for jazz and its connections to other arts and beauty of life!!

..I look forward to an ongoing partnership with you and Jazz for Peace!!! I will continue to pass along the JFP website and mission to build awareness.

Best and warmest wishes!


Received: Dec. 15, 2008

Greetings Deb,

I would like to take this moment to thank you Deb for your support in assisting us raise funds through a concert with Rick last Friday. It was a very beautiful event and Rick was excellent.

On behalf of our organization Deb, I want to thank you most sincerely for taking the time to work with us and as we told Rick, we have become life partners with the Jazz for peace organization. We personally let him know how dear you have been to us and asked him to pass our sincere gratitude to you.

Thanks Deb, and talk soon,

Ralph, Kenyan Americans Community Organization

Received: October 28, 2008

Dear Jazz for Peace,

I saw Rick’s performance in Providence this past Friday and my wife and I really enjoyed the show.

In talking with Communities for People (the beneficiary) I had told them that we would consider partnering with them next year . This is how much I believe in the work of CFP – and Jazz for Peace.

That is one thing I wanted to mention.

The query regards the sale of CDs. Do you have any signed copies, particularly the “Jazz for Peace” and “Christmas” CDs. The rendition of Little Drummer Boy was solid and I loved the Cheeks song.

Keep up the great work! I hope to hear from you soon.

James R. Harris Jr, Ph.D., RICORP

Received: October 27, 2008

Hi Deb,

Just wanted to say thanks again for your help in what was a really lovely event. Everyone was inspired and moved, and loved the music. You all are doing such a great thing with Jazz for Peace.

I also wanted to send a very special thank you to Rick .

Rick – Thank you for the very great concert in Boulder for RESULTS. A as a messenger of wonder and an architect of peace ..thank you for all that you give to the world.

Hope you all are well and look forward to connecting in the future.


Gwen Garcelon, Grassroots Fundraising Manager, RESULTS, Carbondale, CO

Received: August 19, 2008

Hi Deb,

Our audience was high quality and included a few councilmen .people loved Rick’s music and wondered when he was coming back thanks to JFP for helping the organization create greater awareness.

Leroy Greene, Habitat for Humanity

Received August 19, 2008

Voicemail testimonial from 8/16/08 in Ogden, Utah

Benefit Concert for Habitat for Humanity

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Received: July 29, 2008

We did have a great time. It was so helpful to have actually done the event. I get it now and we are anxious to do another event there is some talk of making this an annual event, perhaps in late spring.

Thanks for all of your help and it was fun to meet Rick!

I’ll be in touch soon to discuss a repeat.

Anne-Marie Hendrickson, Director of Marketing, Compatible Technology International

Received: July 29, 2008

Hi Deb,

I had a great time working with you and meeting you.

Thank you for all your help! We will definitely do it again!

Toni, Connextions, Inc

Received: July 26, 2008

I want to congratulate Rick and Jazz for Peace on everything they have accomplished to this point, and all the good they are sure to bring about as they continue this concert series and its mission of challenging humanity to realize that the forces that unite us are far stronger than the forces that divide us.


Barack Obama

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Received: July, 16, 2008

Dear Deb, Rick and all,

It was a pleasure working with you.

Many Regards,

Jim Remsen, Darfur Alert Coalition, Philadelphia, PA

Received: May 16, 2008

Dear Debra, Rick and all who were involved,

We all thank you for the wonderful job you did. Debra all your help was so greatly appreciated, it definitely was a pleasure meeting all of you.

Thanks again and God bless all the great work you do!

In Love and Light

Kathleen, Wild for Life, Inc.

Received: May 9, 2008


Yes…we were quite happy with the benefit concert… we would like to talk…about next year and another concert.

Mary Beth Bryman, Wild for Life, Inc.

Received: April 5, 2008

[…] Jazz for Peace remains strong, supporting many worthy non-profit organizations […]

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State

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Received: February 11, 2008


Everyone was pleased with the event!

We want to establish a date for next year about the same time…we are thinking February 7, 2009. Please advise if that date is available.

Michael R. Estep
Developing Potential, Inc.
Kansas City, MO

Received: November 20, 2007

Hi Deb,

Thank you for a great Jazz concert!

We received many positive comments about the Jazz music .and we hope to do this again next year.

Thank you for all your hard work and talent in making our fundraiser a success!

Alexis Taylor Litos, Executive Director
The Barnaba Institute

Received: 11/15/2007

Rick and Deb,

I can’t thank you both enough for all your work and making Jazz for Civil Liberties a success. The music was amazing and working out the details with Deb was a joy. Your hard work benefited us financially as well as with publicity. Your organization is outstanding and a sparkling example of activism through music.

The ACLU of Arizona

Received: October 23, 2007

Dear Debra and team,

this year being the 10th year anniversary of Rick DellaRatta’s award winning double CD ‘Live In Brazil and The Blue Note’ as well as the 5th year anniversary of his famous concert at the United Nations ..It is really rewarding knowing that celebrities like Rick DellaRatta are taking (an) active role in worthwhile causes and in mobilizing ordinary people in support of important causes.

Together, we can make a difference in our world and in our less privileged lives.

Prof. Benedito Guarilia Filho
Congresso Obebedouro

Received: October 11, 2007

Deb and Rick,

Everyone loved the evening, the venue the food, and most of all the music.

They are much more motivated for next time, as are my regional director and the director from MA. Next year I hope to have corporate support and I think I can count on more help from those who attended .we . anticipate doubling our numbers ..

Please extend our appreciation to Rick and to the two guys who sat in – it was so enjoyable to watch them follow Rick’s lead.

Thanks again,
Communities For People, Inc.
Providence, RI

Received: October 10, 2007

Dear Deb:

My friends, the Rubins, gave me a report on the event. They enjoyed it thoroughly ., and I can’t tell you how honored I am by the award of the Jazz for Peace prize, which now stands in a special place in my study. My wife and I are listening to the CD, which is quite wonderful.

Thank you for everything, and good luck to Jazz for Peace and its work.

Howard Zinn
Award winning Historian, Playwright and Author of A People’s History of the United States

Received: October 9, 2007

Hello Debra,

Thanks for such a nice event last Sunday. It was a unique experience for many and with Rick’s help we’ll hopefully make it even bigger next year.

Thank you and I look forward to working with you on our next fundraiser.

Albanian American Women’s Organization

Received: October 4, 2007

Hi Rick,

Your video clips on U Tube are quite impressive. You’re doing fantastic work. I will be in touch with you soon about how to recognize you as an Ambassador For Peace.

The Paige Aimi World Peace Foundation

Received: September 20, 2007

With the presence of over 5,000 people, we have had a wonderful event and plans have already started for next year’s Brazil Day.

A special day like that, in the park, would not have been possible if it was not for the help, assistance and support of people like you!

Again, my most sincere thanks for your participation and contagious enthusiasm!

Dirci Borelli Marquart
Frederick Sister Cities Association Brazil Division Frederick County, Maryland

Received: September 19, 2007

Hi Deb,

The concert did go very well. Thank you for all your help . Everyone had such a nice time. We would definitely like to have another even more successful concert next year!

Erica – Erica Hastings, MS
Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights

Received: September 17, 2007

Hello Debra,

We were very happy with Rick and the Jazz for Peace Big Band Performance. We have had very good feedback from many people and some inquiries about Jazz for Peace. Of course,I will share the information…We look forward to future collaboration with you, Rick and Jazz for Peace.

Eleanor Larrier
BCHN Bronx
New York

Received: July 18, 2007

Dear Debra

Just want to tell you that all went fine…and we had a superior jazz event in PH Caffe.

Rick was super and the boys..were all gifted musicians – Thanks for all your efforts.

Joergen Kjaer
Copenhagen, Denmark

Received: June 18, 2007

The concert on Saturday was absolutely awesome!

…overall it was a great turnout!…Everyone loved Rick and can’t wait to hear him again!

Thanks again
Janice G. Pettigrew
Fresh Start for Women, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Received: May 5th, 2007


Thank you for the work you do to increase music recognition as well as help non-profits such as ourselves.
Tracy and Bret, Co-Directors

Thank you for bringing awareness to our cause and giving a voice to the birds!

Thank you so much for helping the birds! It means so much to us…

Pampered Parrots Avian Rescue
Spokane, WA

Received: May 3, 2007


Once again thank you, thank you, thank you, and more of the same to Rick for a great concert fundraiser!

Francene Brown
Philadelphia, PA

Received: May 1, 2007

Dear Deb,

Rick & the band were terrific Saturday night, and the event was very enjoyable for everyone.

We had some terrific food and drinks, and the silent auction was fairly successful as well.

Attached is .list of attendees (including) a Palestinian minister visiting from Bethlehem

Thank you,
Jump Start International
Atlanta, GA

Received: April 3, 2007

Hi Deb,

We too enjoyed the event. Rick is a real professional, as well as a tremendous artist! We would love to schedule another event here at the “Vibe”…

I look forward to hearing from you,
Positive Vibration Wine/Jazz Bar
Ann Arbor, MI

Received: April 02, 2007 11:36 AM

Hi, Rick!

Again… it was great to see and hear you in Schenectady. Your talent and passion for simultaneously making great music and doing real good in the world are truly inspiring to me.

You inspired my kids, too. Jared said he really liked your keyboard playing. This morninghe was improvising on the piano … and I heard many big band chords followed by lively riffs in the treble. Something new for him!

And this is extra-amazing to me: I bought Samahria beginning piano books months ago, but she has not been interested in them or piano lessons. After your concert, I asked her if she wanted her first piano lesson, a question I ask her every couple weeks. And this time she said “yes!” And she was great! She has really steady rhythm and a great touch! I can’t help wondering if hearing great keyboard music all day long yesterday somehow nudged her toward the piano.

Peace, love, and all good things,
Laura Bulatao

Received: March 19, 2007

Dear Rick, Deborah, and Jazz For Peace;

I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful concert on Saturday!!! We all had a fantastic time! We definitely want to do this again next year…

Thanks again!
Kevin Berg
The Access Life Program

Received: February 20, 2007

Before Rick DellaRatta and Jazz For Peace I did not care for Jazz! Definitely not my thing! After hearing them in concert, I have decided to give Jazz a chance. Rick’s music (lyrics) along with the Jazz for Peace band was soothing and romantic!

Amanda Griffin
Administrative Assistant
First Home Alliance, Inc.

Received: January 17, 2007

I wanted to contact you and let you know that you are doing a wonderful thing. I truly respect and appreciate all the work you have done and continue to do, for the community at large.

I’m in the Army and when I get out I will be available to volunteer some of my time to help you expand your vision.

Mario D. Murray
United States Army

Received: January 10, 2007

I love your music. Not only do I love your music, I like the UN work you’ve done & the Jazz for Peace name & mission.

Sylvia Lowe

December 08, 2006


The night was fantastic–the band was great. Rick was really nice and accommodating requests for songs, people going up for autographs …

Thought you’d want to know.

North West Family Life

Received: November 7, 2006

Hi Deb,

The evening was great…The response was great…and there’s already interest in doing more!

…I’d love to strategize ways to bring in new audiences…brainstorming for next time.

Thanks again for this opportunity.

Corita Art Center

Received: 11/07/2006

Dear Deb,

Thank you…I appreciate you and your colleagues for your incredible work!…and I am always happy to talk about Jazz for Peace when people ask about the events…

Wujing Harrison – The Zigen Fund

Received: November 6th, 2006

Hello Deb,

I wanted to thank you and everyone at JfP for bringing this concert to CDD. We had a wonderful time. I very much enjoyed meeting Rick and his band and was very impressed with his music. I am a major jazz fan and so this was a treat…Please let Rick know how much we all enjoyed the experience. His work with non-profits is inspiring.

Kathleen Patton

Received: November 1, 2006

Hi Deb,

Thank you for everything! Rick & the band were great! Everyone who attended had a fabulous time. …People loved Rick & Jazz For Peace.

Thank you again,

Received: September 22, 2006

Dear Ms. Cerritelli:

This is to acknowledge with many thanks the warm hospitality accorded me during my last visit/meeting with you and the founder of Jazz for Peace, the most respected and “honorable Man of God” Mr. Rick DellaRatta. A person who cares for the suffering for others is a man of God and Mr. DellaRatta deserves that honor. It is very rare to find such a humble person like Mr. DellaRatta who dedicates his life to promoting peace and understanding and most importantly to raise awareness and support for the poor/suffering masses, especially in the third world countries, though his Jazz for Peace Charity Concerts. It is my prayer that God in his infinite Mercy will continue to grant Mr. DellaRatta the strength and wisdom to continue with his crusade and good work.

Yours Truly,
Emmanual M.I. Omokha, Sr.
The American Pan-American Relief Agencies, Inc.
New York, NY

Sent Monday, September 18, 2006 2:31 PM

.Once again, thanks for your good work and Rick’s (the whole trio’s) wonderful playing.

Rick DellaRatta is so accomplished. It must be a pleasure to work with him. We appreciate all your help.

Best wishes,
Paul Kunkel

Received: September 17, 2006


Please extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to the rest of Jazz for Peace and Rick for putting on a wonderful concert for SAFE on September 14. It was very special, and everyone had a great time.

The reporter from America Oggi arrived ..She would like to speak to Rick.

hope we stay in touch, and have a great rest of the season.


Click HERE to see the complete review, pics and more of this wonderful event at Birdland!

Received: 9/15/06

Hi Debra,

I really enjoyed the concert last night, and was impressed by Rick DellaRatta’s spirit and activism as well as his talent.

Renee Greene
Continuum Health Partners

Received: August 17, 2006

Dear Friends:

On behalf of the residents of New York City, I commend Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace for organizing this wonderful event. Since its inception in 2002, the Jazz for Peace concert series has raised funds for more than 250 non-profit organizations…

Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor, NY City

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Received: August 15, 2006

Hi Rick,

Thanks so much for all you have done in creating (the concert) the other night – it was very special.

I think you are doing a really good thing in doing Jazz for Peace benefit concerts with your talent.

Best Regards,
Minda Cowen
PS: “Say You’ll Be Mine” is my favorite.

Received: June 23, 2006 1:06 PM

Hi Debra, Sue, & John;

I want to thank you for all your help, guidance and all your assistance with the Jazz for Peace Concert at Bellevue…Thank you for being so accommodating with your time and being there to answer all our questions and all the support…etc…etc.

Thank Rick for me, it was a pleasure meeting him. Rick and his supporting musicians had knocked themselves out performing this marvelous Concert for us. Rick, you are one of the rare pianists who makes the piano talk to you and for you. We feel it out in the audience. Your concert had moved us all. Thank you very much!!…THANKS TO YOU ALL !!

Yours truly,
Viola Ong
Issaquah Valley Senior Center
Bellevue, WA

Received: May 18, 2006

Dear Rick,

I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of the Uganda Rural Fund team for the wonderful concert of May 5th to benefit our programs in Uganda. We deeply appreciate and commend the great work you are doing in promoting peace and social justice through music.

People got to know about us. There were also some people who read the article in the local paper and sent in some donations!

We are considering organizing another benefit for the fall…We are thinking of finding a place in Minneapolis to hold the event. Will your schedule be open for November or early December?

Br. John Mary Lugemwa, OSB
Director, Africa AIDS Service-Learning Program
College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Executive Officer
Uganda Rural Fund USA, Inc.

Sent: Saturday, May 13, 2006 8:31 PM

Everyone here really likes Rick and his performance!

We (Caribbean Global Missions’ team) all see Rick to be a very simple man with passion to help people in the best way he could.

Dennis Keshinro – Program Coordinator
CGM +Belka Enrichment Center

Sent: May 12, 2006

Dear Rick and the entire band,

Please take this as a personal and heartfelt thanks for your kind and quick response and participation with World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on April 29th. You folks are wonderful! We had upwards hundreds of people came through and enjoy your artful skills. I have attached the write-up and a collage of photos…sorry, can’t send too many pictures. The thanks is expressed in the write-up and as you see, it turned out highly successful!

I look forward to our next time that we shall be together in educating people to our wonderful art and science of life-Qi skills!

In Loving Qi and Regards,
Dr. Chow – Effie
East West Qi

Sent: March 23, 2006

Hi Deb,

We had a successful event last night. Everyone enjoyed Rick and the band . They all enjoyed the evening immensely . The room was full.

Give Rick my best regards. I enjoyed discussing a variety of issues with this talented and eclectic humanitarian.

Gary Shapiro, Ph.D.
Project Director/Chairman
Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative

Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2006

I am delighted. We made some much needed money had fun . And we will be doing more and sweller in coming months!

Of course we have many thanks to give to Deb and Rick at Jazz for Peace, and the fine music and spirit that made the show happen for Pawprints, and the Catalina Bar and Grill ..

All best to everyone, and heartfelt thanks to all who joined us in support, and fun.

Ina Hillebrandt
Founder and Director

Received: January 6, 2006

Dear Deb,

Thanks again to you, Rick, and the band for making our Jazz for Peace concert such a fantastic evening ..

Kind Regards,
Nicky Tynan
Water Aide

Sent: December 13, 2005 9:23 PM

I think your music is awesome. I get mesmerized listening to it.I look at jazz in a different light now. It isa coming together type of music eliminating barriers/boundaries.

Diana Morton

Sent: November 17, 2005

Dear Rick,

I just wanted to tell you again how much we enjoyed your music in Norwalk last week.I am still hearing the music in my head and loving every second of it. I can’t believe what a thrill it was to see you. You are an amazing talent, and I am sure you have heard it many many times, but you really have such a gift. What an amazing bonus that on top of it all, you are fostering these very worthy charities.

I will be sure to check out your schedule and look out for other dates that I can come and enjoy your music again! Maybe I can bring another one of my children in so that they can all have their first live Jazz experience!

Lisa Breeland

Received: November 8, 2005

Hi Debra,

Rick and the band were awesome. Everyone had a great time and loved his music.He was a big hit.


Debbie McGarry
Bethany House Services
Cincinnati, OH

Received: October 17, 2005

On behalf of the children and staff of Yemin Orde Youth Village, I want to thank you for your recent generous donation of ($$$$$$$) to Friends of Yemin Orde form the “:Jazz for Peace concert held on June 15, 2005. Your gif will be used to support the programs and activities of Yemin Orde Youth Village in Isreal.

As the children finish their first month of classes, they can be found studying and relaxing around the Village with …

Susan E. Pollack
Executive Director
Friends of Yemin Orde

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Received: September 1, 2005

…Thank you for a lovely evening of Jazz and making a difference in our mission. We hope to have another opportunity to work with you.

Karen J. Miller
Founder & President
Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC)

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Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:06 AM

Thank you for…Madrid Music Festival’s first Jazz for Peace (Festival)…We all were honored to have such a great talent as Rick playing in our park and look forward to promoting an evenmore successful event next year.

Mark Bremer
Madrid Music Festivals
Madrid, New Mexico

Received: July 11, 2005

Hi Deb,

Thanks again so much for coming to Las Cruces… great performance by Rick and the others. Please pass my best along to Rick.

Andy Aroybal
Piro/Manso/Tiwa Indian Tribe, Pueblo of San Juan de Guadalupe
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Received: June 17, 2005

…This (concert) was a great experience for us. You and Deb are wonderful individuals to work with. the…supporters who attended, enjoyed you immensely. Your music and voice are electric.

We look forward to working with you again. Rick again, thank you for all of your support and guidance.

Anisa Kline,MPA
illuminated Access, Inc.

Received: May 9, 2005

Dear Rick and Debra,

On Behalf of the Cardinal Bevilaqua Community Center and Visitation BVM Parish we would like to extend our sincere thanks for your great performance.

We are surprised, thankful and blessed to have such and overwhelming response and an outstanding attendance, and we owe so much of the enthusiasm surrounding this effort to our partnership with you.

Estella Reyes-Bugg
Center Administrator
Cardinal Bevilaqua Community Center

Father Hugh J. Shields
Visitation BVM Parish

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Received: May 4, 2005

Just wanted to send a quick thank you to you, Rick, and the rest of Jazz for Peace!… it was indeed a great and enjoyable concert!

Adam Swart
Assistant Director
Educate the Children
Ithaca, NY

Received: May 2, 2005

Thank you so much for putting this on for us. We really appreciate it. A lot came out of the event for us. We have increased our support simply by way of your wonderful show!

Thank you and looking forward to meeting you again.

Kay Brady
Animal Guardians
Dallas, Texas

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Received: May 1, 2005

Rick DellaRatta – Jazz for Peace:

“Mil gracias”!!! You are definitely an INSTRUMENT OF PEACE!

“Joshua’s Song” and “Felicidade” – were two of my favoriteS.

Thank you so much for what you do for the world. Heaven knows we need jazz for PEACE.

Mil gracias,
Jackeline Maldonado
Spanish Choir Director
Visitation BVM Parish
Philadelphia, PA

April 8, 2005

Thank you for such an amazing concert last night. People have been singing your praises this entire morning!

Thanks again,

Jacqueline Finn, MPH
Program Development
Cabrini Hospice

April 2, 2005

Dear Rick,

We were so delighted with the music and your presence – it was a great event.

Thanks so much for all you do in the world.

I’ve discussed with Maria the possibility of you doing a concert in Moscow.

She is excited to have you come…as the kids would be so thrilled to be in your music and watch and grow with it.

Let me know what you think.

Warm Regards,
Jan Adams
Maria’s Children International
Shakopee, Minnesota

“The music was great!”

Ryan Case
Water Stewards Network

Sent:January 31, 2005

Dear Mr. DellaRatta,

I am excited about the concert you are offering to our organization,because (1) of the benefits to us, (2) of the wonderful musical opportunity we can all enjoy and (3) of the ability to do something more for peace in a troubled world. Those of us involved with School Supplies for Afghanistan want to see peace in the world, probably more than anything because it’s related to every other problem that exists. What a wonderful way to promote peace – through a musical program! Thank you for giving us this opportunity to enjoy and from which to benefit.

I look forward to meeting you and attending the concert. I wishour jazz musician son, who is now back in school in Ithaca, could fly down to enjoy it too, but I don’t think that his schedule will allow it.

Jan Holloway


School Supplies for Afghanistan, Inc.

Received: February 1, 2005

Dear Mr Rick DellaRatta

The founder of Jazz for Peace,

Thank you so much for providing a wonderful opportunity for our partner Organization School Supplies for Afghanistan (SSA) to promote education of Afghan Children. SSA and HASCO together providing educational opportunity for Afghan Children.

Mahatma Gandhi Indian great philosophy of non-violent action long years ago said: (If we are to teach real Peace in this world, and carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children)

Yes children are our future any investments on children are investment on our future, we believe supporting Afghanistan children mean supporting peace and stability in the world, as you knew we all paid very high price for forgetting Afghanistan and leaving that country to the hands of Al-Qiada / Taliban extremists group and you as a resident of New York City may saw the September 11 tragedy live by your own ayes.

We believe that peace is possible in this world only with our unity and strong commitment, fortunately today not only ordinary people but also prominent figures and personalities from all corner of life from art to sport and music actively supporting world peace movement,

Dear Mr DellaRatta The activities of Jazz for Peace during last two years once again show your strong commitment to the peace and we appreciate itgreatly your commitment and dedicated efforts to promote peace in the world.

Once again thank you for your commitment to provide jazz benefit concerts for School Supplies for Afghanistan.

With best regards
Help Afghan School Children Org (HASCO)

January 2005


Don’t know if you’ll remember, but my husband and I were the couple who sat in front of the saxes on that snowy night at the Zeitgeist. We loved the music. We felt we were having a private audience with you and your band, all of whom were superb. We particularly enjoyed your original compositions, and the different take on If I Only Had a Brain. We would have stayed afterward to talk with you, but we needed to walk home in that blizzard.

Thanks for a wonderful night of jazz. We’ll be looking for your next gig in Cambridge. Hopefully, the weather will be better.

Martha Osler
Director of Volunteer Recruitment

Sent: December 14, 2004

“Most interested to hear about what you are doing…And this aspect of life and culture particularly… I greatly admire those who contribute to it…”

Noam Chomsky

November 30, 2004

Cindy and I would like to commend the staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and devotion on behalf of such an outstanding cause.

John McCain

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August 17, 2004

Dear Rick and everyone at Jazz for Peace,

I respect you for your generosity and humanitarian efforts in what you are doing with Jazz for Peace!

Lisa Urgo
Founder and President
Dreams Can Be Foundation

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July 28, 2004


Writing to let you know how very much I enjoyed the Jazz for Peace concert for GREY2KUSA in Cambridge recently. There is so much talent there!

Diana Cartier
Newton, MA

July 26, 2004

Hello Rick,

I hope this e-mail finds you in good health. We wanted to congratulate you on behalf of September’s Mission for all your hard work and dedication to Jazz music. You are a wonderful person and a great jazz singer. Congratulations!

September’s Mission Staff


Hi Rick and Deb and all;

Thanks very much for the concert last Saturday. I worked hard to try to get a crowd there and though we had an intimate group we nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed the show. The music was every bit as outstanding as your web site says and Rick’s voice thoroughly mesmerized everyone. Thanks very much for all you do for all of the agencies you perform the benefits for, and especially for thinking of us. Feel free to let any 9/11 families who might want a quilt know about us.

Jane Jackson
United We Quilt

February 19, 2004

Dear Rick and Debbie,

Thank you so much for your assistance and the wonderful event held for GOLES this weekend. We really had a good time and the music was perfect. Again, Thank you so much. It was great.

Margaret Hughes


Dear Rick;

We are still floating from the wonderful afterglow of your February 7 jazz for peace concert. The house was packed and every head was bobbing to the infectious beats of your quintet along with every foot tapping. My guests went home happy and fulfilled. Thanks so much. We look foward to other even bigger events. Your idealistic message of hope and artistry must go foward. Count on the Counseling Service of EDNY to help you to carry that message.

Paul Ruchames
Executive Director
Counseling Service of EDNY


I wanted to say thank you for allowing me the opportunity to show during your amazing concert! Fantastic!!! Thank you so very much for allowing me the opportunity to hear your music! Amazing! I loved the Brazilian tune in thefirst set where the precussionist and yourself were featured!

Thank you again for this opportunity,

Steve Barker


Hi Rick,

Great show! You and your group played excellent on Saturday night. I found both your talent and skills and style of play very refreshing. It was much more direct and lively than I am used to seeing jazz played. And to me you really captured the way and spirit of jazz and how it is really supposed to be played. At least for me.

Thanks again for the opportunity to exhibit my artwork to your audience and participate in the program. All my friends really enjoyed themselves and I was very happy to see the positive response my work received.

A lot of what I believe you are doing coincides with my own vision of trying to develop a more powerful role and place for visual art in our culture for a better world and at the same time developing an audience, market and opportunity for artists, poets, musicians to tap into to develop their work along these same lines.

I would love to work further with you and your efforts.

Chris Nowlan

October 27, 2003


Thank you for your support at our Voices Benefit on October 17, 2003. Jazz for Peace was awesome! Please share my sentiments with Stacy, Peter and Andrew.

Peace & Prosperity,

Brotherhood Sister Sol

November 24, 2003

Hi Rick,

Thanks so much again for all that Jazz for Peace has done for the SuperSibs! mission. We are so grateful! I think the event was successful in raising awareness, which will increase future event participation. Tracey Lazos, the head of the NY chapter of SuperSibs!, may contact you to see about how we might collaborate for a March event.

Take care!
Heather Sutton

December 17, 2003

I just wanted to thank you and everyone at Jazz for Peace once again for a fantastic evening: Great music (Bill Evans is my hero), Hip-Hop Dancers dancing to Jazz, our own Developing Artists singing Holiday tunes…all to benefit a couple of vital organizations. Spreading Peace through Jazz and Art through young adults.

Jinn S. Kim
Managing Director
Developing Artists


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FAQ: Why are these testimonials so glowing?

ANSWER: For some it may have been the publicity and awareness that they received.

For others it was the chance to expand their vital Donor Base.

For some is the new and prestigious supporters that have joined because of this event.

For others it is the opportunity to receive support from local businesses and major corporations that turns out to be a long-term sponsorship that is ongoing and annual.

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For others it is the opportunity to thank and reward their most important members and supporters thereby uniting, strengthening and rejuvenating their core group going forward.

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Confirming your VIP Guests of Honor has helped over 850 outstanding causes to strengthen their team by:
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In both instances this step provides an outstanding service to these truly dedicated causes and helps them to become strengthened by this weeding out exercise and it’s ability to enable them to qualify. Ultimately it is your responsibility to separate the wheat from the chaff in your own organization so that you can gather the names of your REAL supporters while taking advantage of this opportunity to EXPAND this vital support base at the same time.
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For Example: How many times have you seen an event under-achieve or unravel altogether because of an unforeseen event such as an illness or even more serious health issue effecting an important member of your team or one of their loved ones; a blizzard, tornado or flood in your town or surrounding area; a personal issue  such as a teen pregnancy or divorce; an abrupt staff member having to leave the team etc. etc.

Because the ROOTS of your Tree have already been firmly planted and your event confirmed you now have an experienced, acclaimed, loyal, successful and consistent Event Coordinator team that is always working to keep your event progressing forward even if you or important members of your team are unable to participate because of unforeseen occurrences, problems and setbacks. In fact, even a competing event can’t stop your event because your VIPs have already paid for their tickets. Because of this, THEIR  friends are more likely to go to YOUR event because they will be there!

B. Our Event Confirmation Empowerment Tree Model Creates a Foundation for HONESTY and INTEGRITY.

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1. Why would we want to commit precious time and resources to attract prestigious supporters, celebrities, governors, Mayors, City Councilman, Senators, Ambassadors, Sponsors, important Media and more to an event that wasn’t even going to be attended by the names of the VIP guests of honor listed on the application?

2. Why would we want to publicize an organization and their outstanding cause to the general public, media, other Grant Giving Foundations and prestigious donors  if VIPs listed on the grant application don’t even believe in the cause enough to invite their own family, friends, and associates to Cash in on all of the savings and rewards that they are receiving and EXPAND their vital donor base at the same time?

3. And finally: If an organization REALLY DID  list REAL VIP board members and supporters on their grant application who believe in their cause enough to “get paid” by Jazz for Peace in the form of savings, perks, amenities and rewards to attend as a VIP Guest of honor as well as invite others to cash in on the same “red carpet opportunity” in order to expand their vital donor base:

Then why don’t they simply confirm their event with funds already raised for their outstanding cause by using the funds that they have collected exactly as our 850 previous grant recipients have done?

IN SUMMARY: In addition to the many ways for your organization to advance via the seven Empowerment Tree Branches, our unique VIP confirmation policy provides a valuable buffer to enable you to weather unforeseen setbacks by having our acclaimed Event Coordinator Team loyally and consistently Growing your Empowerment Tree through any and all obstacles as well as generating a Foundation for HONESTY and INTEGRITY which satisfies our Board, Staff, Volunteers, Donors, Fans, Supporters and most of all our Grant Recipients by “Separating the wheat from the chaff” and weeding out the mediocre while exposing the Worlds Most Outstanding Causes.

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