Past Features

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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Marcus Shelby Orchestra / Tiffany Austin

Marcus Shelby does it all:  he’s a bandleader, composer, arranger, bassist, educator, and activist who lives in San Francisco.  Over 25 years he has built a diverse biography as a composer focused on the history, present, and future of African American lives, on social movements in the U.S.,  and on early childhood music education. Shelby […]

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Hot Club of Baltimore

NVJS welcomes back the dynamic gypsy jazz group! One evening with Ultrafaux & Hot Club of Baltimore demonstrates why jazz has been so irresistible to listeners all over the world. — Ken Avis, Baltimore Jazz Alliance These musicians can handle the complexities and breakneck speeds of Roma swing, but what makes Ultrafaux really special is […]

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Paula West & Trio

That’s a quote from Christopher Loudon, Jazz times! Paula is known for her rich, powerful contralto voice and for her unique interpretations of a eclectic selection of songs ranging far beyond jazz standards and cabaret chestnuts.  There are surprises coming from every angle in a Paula West show! She may have arrived in San Francisco […]

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