Past Features

Jamie Davis Band “Swingin’ Like Basie”

Jamie Davis ranks high on the list of great male vocalists!  With a deep baritone voice, he’s been paired with some of the world’s greatest talent –  An alum of  The Basie Band, Davis counts Patty Austin, Tony Bennett, George Benson,  Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Cobb, Wycliffe Gordon, Jimmy Heath as some of the premier performers […]

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Kate McGarry, Jazz Vocalist

While Kate McGarry may not be a “household name,”  she has 6 critically acclaimed CDs to her credit, and has garnered 2 Grammy nominations (including 2019) for Best Jazz Vocal CD.   Kate has become recognized as a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song regardless of genre. The Wall St. Journal […]

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Akiko Tsuruga + Jeff Hamilton + Graham Dechter

Akiko Tsuruga    She’s “Sweet and Funky,” she’s “Cute and Bad”.  She’s a Composer and a performer extraordinaire.  The legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith said this:  “Akiko’s playing is like watching a flower blooming, a bird spreading her wings…  Akiko is here to stay.” Jeff Hamilton   has lead small and large groups and excelled on the […]

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Kenny Washington – “Superman”

Wynton Marsalis says: “I love this man! He’s a consummate professional, with impeccable intonation. He’s a real improviser who brings depth to everything he does.  We all love Kenny. If you love music, you’ve got to love Kenny!” Dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle,  Kenny is a […]

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Guitarist Extraordinaire Mimi Fox

Internationally renowned guitarist/composer/recording artist Mimi Fox has been named a winner in 6 consecutive Downbeat Magazine polls.   Jazz Times hailed Mimi as “a blazing fret master who combines be-bop infused lines with an abundance of soul…spinning solos that unfurl with surprise twists like expertly tailored short stories. ” Mimi has performed/recorded with some of […]

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“Jazz Master” Pianist Kenny Barron

NVJS is thrilled to present Kenny Barron on Sunday, September 22, 4pm at Blue Note Napa. Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 “Jazz Master,”  Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms.  The Los Angeles Times named him “one of […]

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Great Karrin Allyson Trio

Karrin returns to the NVJS – a real cause for celebration! Her last appearance at RMW was a smash success and Valley folks have been begging for more. Not only is she one of our personal favorites, but she has earned a reputation as one of the great jazz singers of the world.  Her five […]

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Memorable Duo: Tierney! + Tamir!

8-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton has received a “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Grammy nod for every project she has released in the last decade.  Known for her impeccable voice and imaginative treatments of The Great American Songbook, Sutton is heralded as a jazz storyteller and uses her voice as an instrument. She simply Wows […]

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Celebrate Bruce & “The Duke!”

We’re honoring Bruce Hopewell, as one of the original founders of the NVJS.  Bruce often touted Duke Ellington as “The single most important artist America has ever produced.”  Not just a musician, or a jazz musician, but artist!  And Bruce,  for the NVJS, produced a Duke Ellington tribute each April, Duke’s birth month.  Prior, Bruce […]

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Harry Allen with Grant Stewart

Two current masters of the tenor sax come together for what promises to be a very happy jazz occasion! Harry wowed our Napa audience with an unusual Duo presentation last year, and we welcome him back. Critic Gene Lees, wrote: “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist.  His answer […]

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