Past Features

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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Byron Stripling – Armstrong Tribute

Byron Stripling’s electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong has become America’s most popular orchestral pops program.  With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and virtuoso trumpet moves, Byron dazzles audiences wherever he goes.  His signature version of “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In” closes the show! Stripling attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.  […]

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Brian Nova Trio + Mike

Concord Recording Artist Brian Nova is considered one of the top Jazz Guitarists / Vocalists in the nation, according to a recent poll in Jazz Improv Magazine.  Rock Icon Steve Miller says: ‘I’ve met and known a lot of guitarists in my career, and ‘B’ is one of the best guitarists I’ve ever met.’ “ […]

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Dena DeRose Trio

Dena DeRose is “The most creative and compelling singer – pianist since Shirley Horn” is how Washington DC critic Joel Siegel described her.  And critic Richard Scheinin aptly put it, “she exudes joy… what soul!” From the legendary clubs around the world like the Blue Note, Smoke and the Jazz Standard in New York, to […]

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Hot Club of Baltimore

Django Reinhardt was one of the world’s greatest guitarists.  But because of an accident, Reinhardt played with only two fingers which makes him even more phenomenal. His music has many dedicated fans and you’ll have a chance to hear it in Napa this July. Michael Joseph Harris  is a leading exponent of this evocative and […]

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Benny Green Trio

Fans of classic modern jazz piano know Benny Green as one of the very best.  He is equally at home playing beautiful interpretations of standard ballads as he is with hard bop classics.  In his early career, Benny played for such notable artists as Betty Carter, Art Blakey, and Freddie Hubbard. In 1993 Oscar Peterson […]

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La Orquestra El Vucko

La Orquesta El Vucko is not your typical Latin band.  Led by a master pianist, they play Salsa,  Afro-Cuban,  BeBop classics in Latin style,  & South American hits! Jackie Ryan, the great one, will be singing Latin/Brazilian selections in Spanish and Portuguese. Orestes Vilato (who has played and recorded with the famous Latin musicians like […]

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Mimi Fox + Kenny Washington

NVJS is presenting the first of our new DUO Series. And what better way to launch than with two dynamic artist like Mimi Fox, the brilliant guitarist, in tandem with the extraordinary vocalist Kenny Washington!  That’s a lot of firepower delivered in a small and personal format. Kenny, a New Orleans native, grew up performing […]

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Montclair Women’s Big Band

“One of the West Coast’s most formidable ensembles” All About Jazz Our Annual Duke Ellington Tribute Concert The Montclair Women’s Big Band is a Bay Area treasure.  Founded in 1997 by veteran trumpeter Ellen Seeling and saxophonist Jean Fineberg, the group is an alliance of some of the region’s most formidable jazz women.  Forging a […]

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