Past Features

Larry Fuller Trio

The amazing pianist Larry Fuller returns to the NVJS, bringing his oversized talent along for the ride! There are a lot of things we could say, but listen to these warm reviews from the experts: “In his amazing gossamer piano solos, he sprinkles stardust on whatever song he plays;  you hold your breath in wonder.”  […]

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Frank Potenza – Remembering Joe Pass

Frank Potenza is among the best guitarists around, he toured with the great Gene Harris Quartet at top jazz festivals and clubs such as the Blue Note in NY, Jazz Showcase in Chicago, and Jazz Alley in Seattle.  Frank has performed with his own groups at venues like Orange County Performing Arts Center, KSDS Live […]

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Jeff Hamilton Trio + Graham Dechter

Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one big reason why he is constantly in demand.  Whether he’s recording or performing with his own trio, or with the Clayton Brothers, or when playing with the late Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown, or co-leading today’s super group:  […]

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Joe Locke Trio

Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. He has topped polls and won numerous awards,  including the 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2016 “Mallet Player of the Year” award from the Jazz Journalists Association. “His lines have flash and pizzazz, but also an unforced lyricism, bubbling just under […]

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Erik Jekabson String-tet – “Duke”

Erik Jekabson is one of the finest musicians in the entire Bay Area.  He’s an gifted composer, an accomplished trumpet player, and has a very fertile mind.  His String-tet is a great example:  it boasts unique voicing and features the extraordinary Mads Tolling on violin. Erik fronts a variety of  his own ensembles, while performing […]

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Karrin Allyson!

“Finally!   Yes, we are finally bringing this stellar jazz performer to the Robert Mondavi Winery.  We’ve been trying to lasso this creative talent for over three years…  now it’s happening and we’re excited!” BH Karrin has created 16 exceptional, eclectic albums while garnering five Grammy nominations along the way! “She has an easy mastery […]

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George Young Quartet

George Young is one of the most frequently heard musicians of our time.  Young plays over ten instruments, including Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Sopranino Saxophones, Clarinet, Alto flute, C flute, East Indian ethnic flutes and Piccolo.  Whoa! He has played with Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Pavarotti, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Dizziy […]

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Howard Alden – Warren Vaché Duo

On Howard Alden:  Owen Cordle in JazzTimes writes “He may be the best of his generation.”  George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is “the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists.”  And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is “…one of the […]

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Ken French Trio

Ken French is creating a jazz event you’re gonna love, a superb program with some Holiday Zest! He has been the featured pianist at San Franciso’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel for the past 17 years.  Many of you know him as the remarkable music director and arranger for the great Clairdee.  Oh what a team! But […]

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Peggy Lee Remembered

Peggy Lee cast a spell when she sang. She epitomized cool, but her trademark “Fever” is the essence of sizzling sexual heat.  Hear this and other Great American Songbook favorites that made her famous, along with stories about Peggy and the bizarre dreamworld she inhabited. James Gavin, author of the acclaimed book: Is That All […]

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