About Sax on the River
Sax on the River was originally conceived by Trisha Friend who is the standing Treasurer of Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California.
Over 8 years ago Trisha was enjoying a Tom Braxton show at Harlow’s in Sacramento and during the final number of the night, several local musicians; Kim Waters, Jeff Clayton and Garrett Perkins joined Tom on stage. Four amazing saxophonists on the stage at one time, playing together, made her heart skip a beat…and the rest is history. The saxophone is an instrument that brings smiles to faces and makes people’s hearts sing and she wanted to bring that to her benefit concert. It has become more of a labor love since her best friend (who helped her start the event) passed away from breast cancer that spread to her bones & liver. Trisha is very excited that her vision is being embraced by the organization that has become family.
As a breast cancer survivor, she created the event to promote breast cancer awareness, to give back to non-profit organizations that help local women get the services they need and contribute to funding national research, as her lifelong wish is to see an END to breast cancer. Trisha also wanted to share her love of jazz, particularly the saxophone, with all her friends, breast cancer survivors and fellow jazz lovers in the Sacramento area.
The 2018 Sax on the River is a Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California fundraising event.
Trisha L. Friend
Sax on the River Founder
Trisha Friend is a bookkeeper, lover of all things jazz, a 12-year breast cancer survivor, and the founder of Sax on the River.
She has been the treasurer of Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California for the past 3 years. She has lived in the Sacramento area since 1987 when she moved from Oregon with her family. She is self-employed, is an avid Oregon Duck fan, loves wine, live music, and the California sunshine.
She promotes breast cancer awareness year-round, organizes the annual event Sax on the River and leads her team “Friendly Haven in Paris” to walk in the Susan G. Komen Sacramento Race for the Cure every year for the past 13 years.
Sax on the River Production Company
Husky Productions was formed in 2001 by Tom Huiskens with a vision of producing quality entertainment for the Sacramento area. Prior to the formation of Husky Productions, Tom served Entercom Sacramento as the “Event Producer” for the Event Marketing Resource Group (EMERG) producing concerts featuring Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Megadeath, Journey, Foreigner, Kansas, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, PINK, and many other rock and contemporary artists.
Husky Productions has partnered with Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California to bring a grander Sax on the River experience to the Sacramento area to benefit those fighting breast cancer in the local community.
Sax on the River Emcee
Lynda Clayton’s lengthy tenure as a full-time radio personality in Sacramento and worldwide on the internet has brought millions of people daily opportunities to smile, feel a part of and be with Lynda as a trusted and respected friend.
With over three decades as a radio personality, Lynda is currently voicing local Sacramento’s SmoothJazz107.1FM and worldwide on iHeart Radio App. Formally a full-time personality on 94.7 KSSJ, KGBY-Y92) and came to Sacramento in 1991 from San Diego (KGB-FM), Los Angeles (KLOS, KMET) and Phoenix (KDKB).