2014 Concert Dates
Tuesday, August 12thSaxophonist Richard Howell & Sudden Change
Richard Howell - Sax, Frederick Harris -Keyboard, Mark Williams - Bass, Elé Howell -drums, Danny Armstrong - Trombone, Geechi Taylor - Trumpet
Energetic, lively, powerful, dynamic ,bright , animated, a “live wire ” soulful spontaneous creativity , a true reminder of sudden changes .
Saxophonist Richard Howell pilots an ensemble of dedicated soulful jazz influenced musical adventure seekers that takes you on a journey to the future respecting the past right in the moment!
Tuesday, September 9thThe Rolando Morales Grouppresented by The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society &
Rolando Morales Group, featuring on violin, from Paraguay, the amazing violinist Carlos Reyes; on bass, from Dianne Reeves and Gregg Rolie, the great Gary Brown; the incredible drummer for Steve Winwood and Airto, from Brazil, Celso Alberti; on Latin Percussion and vocals, from Venezuela, the charismatic Omar Ledezma; and leading the way on guitar, guitar synthesizer and vocals, the powerful Rolando Morales. Partake of the Farmer’s Market, bring a picnic and enjoy the evening!
All concerts start at 6 pmin the Grinstead Amphitheatre in the Sonoma Plaza - FREE! Tuesday, June 10thOctobop
Cool jazz. Images of the early days on the West Coast when new ideas, harmonies, ensemble playing and great improvisation were all happening. Recreating and updating that experience is the core of Octobop. Octobop performs and promotes the music that began with The Birth of the Cool and the innovations of Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, Dave Pell, Jimmy Guiffre, and Howard Rumsey among others. While West Coast Jazz is at the core of Octobop, you will hear many of your favorites. Always sprinkled in is a bit of humor and fun to create an enjoyable experience. Octobop makes cool jazz hot again.
Out of Nowhere, Octobop's sixth release, hit the streets in late 2013. Out of Nowhere is currently receiving airplay on over 125 radio stations, adding several new stations to the mix each week. The release is currently Top Ten on 9 radio stations and receiving international airplay in Canada, Europe, Australia and South Africa.
Out of Nowhere joins the success of previous Octobop releases:
Very Early – release #4 – reached number 4 on the CMJ Jazz chart in early 2007 and finished the year in the top 40.
After Dark – release #3 – climbed to the top 40 in 2005.
West Coast Christmas brought a new twist to Christmas music in late 2012.
For the last 15 years, people worldwide have enjoyed Octobop music. Cool jazz at its best.
Tuesday, July 8thNicolas Bearde Quintet
Special thank you to our Patrons Darius and Sarah Andersonfor supporting community FREE Live Jazz!
" A paucity of male jazz singers makes Nicolas Bearde a rare avis"...
Michael G. Nastos - All Music Guide
Internationally renowned vocalist, Nicolas Bearde, is a jazz singer of remarkable depth, range and technique who has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences worldwide for his 'buttery baritone' and deeply imaginative interpretations. A seasoned and highly respected showman on stage, Bearde's brilliant and lush vocals combine passion, wit and sensuality, with an engaging rapport that captures and draws the audience into his performance. Forged from his Nashville, (TN) roots and his 1980’s initiation into the thriving San Francisco music scene, Nicolas’ unique approach and electrifying delivery of his originals, time-tested standards, blues and other familiar jazz works, are soulful, swinging, improvisational and memorable!!
For the past 20 years, Nicolas has also delighted audiences with his vocal stylings as a member of Bobby McFerrin's wildly innovative a cappella ensemble, "Voicestra", while carving out his own distinctive solo career. With classic performances and cool interpretations of jazz standards and blues - Nicolas is the definitive jazz romantic. He'll steam you up with an original soulful song like Love Me, pull you into the nuanced emotion of a classic Bill Wither's tune, Can We Pretend, or captivate you with a stirring rendition of Naima, a John Coltrane ballad."Visions", his 4th CD, released in February of 2013 is a vibrant, up-tempo, soulfully driven collection of jazz originals and standards that covers a wide range of materials and speaks volumes about Bearde's diverse musical influences. Produced by Grammy musical director, Larry Batiste, and backed by a varied roster of all-star musicians, including Alphonso Johnson, David Garfield, David K Mathews, and Will Kennedy, "this cat has hit one out of the park", says Chris Spector - Midwest Record Review and... “Bearde amazes with sparkling vocal dexterity,” says Brian Soergal ofSmooth Jazz.
2013 in Review
Our Patron for this concert is
Tuesday, September 10thPianist Stephanie OzerPhoto: Robbi Pengelly Stephanie Ozer - Piano, Claudia Villela (vocals) - you may know of her - killer Brazilian vocalist (claudiavillela.com), Mary Fettig - Flute, Saxes
Peter Barshay - Bass, Kendrick Freeman - Drums
Hope you did not miss these great concerts in the plaza this year!Tuesday, June 11thMontclair Womens Big Bandhttp://montclairwomensbigband.com/
Jazz PatronDarius and Sarah Anderson
Tuesday, July 9th
Bobi Cespesdes http://bobicespedes.com/
Tuesday, August 13thMads TollingThis concert is dedicated in memory of Judy Groff Mads Tollling - Violin, Dave Mac Nab - guitar, Sam Bevan - bass, Eric Garland - drumshttp://madstolling.com/
Thank you to our
Darius and Sarah Anderson
This is just to let you know how much we enjoyed the jazz concert of Charles McNeal and band. They are what we consider "Great Traditional Jazz!" Having Dana Land sing with him was a real treat.
Thanks for the concert.
Marianne and George Paul
Hope to see them again!
THIS IS OUR 26th SEASON!
The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society produces four FREE Outdoor Concerts every year which are held in the City of Sonoma Plaza, Grinstead Amphitheatre, every second Tuesday, June through September, 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
Presented in association with the Tuesday Night Farmer’s Market, this great family and community event attracts people of all ages who listen to and learn about America‘s true art form, jazz.
Come on out, bring a picnic and enjoy some great live jazz.
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