Past Features

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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Larry Fuller Trio

The return of Larry Fuller by popular demand! Larry is one of the premier mainstream jazz pianists living today.  He performed here last year and was a rousing success so the NVJS welcomes him back for a well-deserved encore. Fuller worked with vocal great Ernestine Anderson and moved to Seattle as her pianist and musical […]

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Aaron Lington Quartet

A spirited show dedicated to the great Gerry Mulligan!  Grammy Award winning baritone saxophonist and composer Aaron Joseph Lington received his BM in music education from the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, and both his MM in jazz studies and DMA in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas.  His performing and […]

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Miro Sprague w/Howard Paul Trio

Miro Sprague  is a sparkling new pianist, composer, and bandleader known for his dynamic and passionate performance style, and artistic versatility.  He’s from New York and has toured the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East,  performing at many of the world’s top venues and festivals.  He’s now the preferred pianist for the great […]

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Jay Leonhart Duo

Jay Leonhart is the Fred Astaire of jazz, a craftsman so seamlessly smooth that casual observers often fail to grasp the immensity of his talent.” Don Heckman, LA Times Jay has been recognized as a very accomplished bass player for a long time and been named “Outstanding Bassist In the Recording Industry” three times.  Over […]

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Ali Ryerson Quartet

With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll.  Born in New York City, her father Art Ryerson was a renowned jazz guitarist who started with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Ali became an international touring / recording artist, with performances from Carnegie […]

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Ken Peplowski + Diego Figueiredo Duo

“Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist”  Russell Davies, BBC2 Ken played his first pro gig when in elementary school.  After a year of college, Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and, in 1984, Benny Goodman’s new band. Peplowski recorded close to 20 albums as a leader.  He’s collaborated with greats like:  Mel […]

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