What's happening in Jazz in SLO County?
One of our newest supporters asked us this week, "how can we find out everything happening around the County related to jazz and quality music?" Well, the answer isn't easy. Not everyone posts their events to KCBX, and not all events are listed in the New Times. Some organizations only publish a Facebook or website, and even those aren't always updated regularly. So, to help out, we thought we'd give you all a list and see how you like it. This is the best of our knowledge as to what's going on, but this list does not include all the blues bands, R&B bands, and private performances at wineries. It's just too much to keep track of without software. Perhaps in the future, we'll create a program. (An idea for a jazz grant or donation?) But there's some great stuff happening, and some incredibly good bands - including a festival - so here it is, we'd like to advise you of some exciting jazz events happening around the County in the month of October/November.
Last Sundays Jazz Jam - a SLO Jazz Festival event - Scott Andrews, SLO Jazz Festival President, as well as sax man for Burning James and the Funky Flames and leader of Black Market Trio, will host the Last Sundays Jazz Jam -- always held the last Sunday of the month (thus the name) - at the Shell Cafe on Price Street in Pismo Beach. The jam will be starting at 4:00PM and lasts until about 7:00PM this month (new hours for Fall/Winter). Musicians - bring yo' ax! Jazz lovers, you'll experience a mix of jazz. You just never know who might show up to jam, and that's the excitement of it. We'll cover from bossa to latin to afro to jazz funk. Shell Cafe offers a full menu, beer, and wine, and last we heard they do not charge a corkage fee. Come join the fun - SUNDAY, October 27, 2013 - bring a group of friends with you!
15th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival Concerts
The Four Freshman
Friday & Saturday, Nov. 1&2, 8:00 pm
SLO Campus, CPAC Main Stage
Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 pm
SLO Campus, CPAC Experimental Theater
The Cuesta College Jazz Orchestra
Friday, Nov.22, 7:30 pm
SLO Campus, CPAC Main Stage
Learn more at their website: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/forstudents/performingarts/
Cuesta College Jazz and the SLO Jazz Federation also promote a jam happening at Linnea's on Thursdays from either 7 - 9PM or 8 - 10PM. Last we heard, James Gallardo, bassist, was anchoring the rhythm section. The next one is TONIGHT.
BLUES SOCIETY SHOW:
The SLO Blues Society is back this Saturday with an enjoyable performance by local band Back Bay Betty, who will open at 8PM, followed by Candye Kane, this Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the SLO Vets Hall on 801 Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo. Members $17, General Admission is $20. This show is 21 and over.
Learn more about the SLO Blues Society at: http://www.sloblues.org/
Cal Poly Parent and Family Weekend Ensemble Showcase Concert
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center
Details here: http://music.calpoly.edu/calendar/special_faculty/
In addition, Cal Poly's jazz will have their WINTER CONCERT in December.
Cal Poly University Jazz Bands' Fall Jazz Concert
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
8 p.m., Spanos Theatre
Tickets ($12 general, $9 seniors, students and Jazz Federation members)
Voodoo Boogaloo - There's an exciting Halloween event being produced by Burning James and the Funky Flames, called the Voodoo Boogaloo - a Who Dat Halloween Party. Tickets are $22, it's at the Vets Hall with doors at 6PM and concert at 7PM. Costume prizes, fun, and benefiting the Noor Foundation, this concert will feature the band, food from Bon Temps Creole Cafe, and special guest performances, including Joe Pilloud from Big Daddy's Blues Band, Carol Wood, with vocal pyrotechnics rivaling Aretha Franklin, and Jimi Macon, formerly with the Gap Band and James Brown.
Charlie Shoemake, a Central Coast Legend on Vibes and also a prominent jazz educator, maintains the former Jazz at the Hamlet series at D'Anbino Winery. This is one of the few clubs offering jazz on the Central Coast, and we encourage you to attend their shows. You will typically find them every other Sunday, including November 3, with guitarist Frank Potenza and Luther Hughes on bass. On November 17, for a 4PM show only, the showcase will be a tribute to jazz educators, including Ron McCarley, Director of Jazz Studies at Cuesta College, saxophonist, and Paul Rinzler, Director of Jazz Studies at Cal Poly, pianist, along with other colleagues. I wouldn't be surprised to see Darrell Voss, Dylan Johnson on bass, etc., for that show, which ought to be very good. The shows there run $15 or $20 for both. Learn more about that jazz series at http://www.talsanmusic.com/rsvp.html.
NEED MORE CLUBS for LIVE JAZZ!
Speaking of which, if you're friends with night club, art cafe, restaurant, and other venue owners encourage them to have LIVE JAZZ - duos, solo pianists, trios, quartets. We need more venues for our local musicians to play, don't you agree? Help spread the word!
Jubilee by the Sea - Our friends down in Pismo Beach are also hosting a very exciting jazz festival, Pismo Jazz Jubilee by the Sea, which focuses on "traditional" or "dixieland" style jazz. Basin Street Regulars Present Jubilee by the Sea 24-27 October 2013 American Music, Big Band, Swing, and Dixieland Jazz, 20 of California and America’s Finest Bands with Special Guests in 5 Venues In and Around PISMO BEACH, All Event and single day tickets available; E-mail orders to email@example.com (805)773-3750, (805) 481-7840 or www.pismojazz.com. Jubilee by the Sea. Local favorites include the Basin Street Regulars and Red Skunk Band, along with Cal Poly Jazz Band, Hancock College Jazz Band, and the Cuesta Jazz Orchestra - which I believe is the night band directed by Warren Balfour, which we just heard two weeks ago out at Cuesta and they were SMOKIN' HOT. We recommend this jazz festival highly. What works out great on the schedule is you can attend the Pismo Jubilee and then swing over to Shell Cafe in Pismo at 4PM for our own Jazz Jam on Sunday. The Jubilee runs from Friday through Sunday starting TOMORROW. Get information about tickets here: http://pismojazz.com/JubileeByTheSea.htm.
Contact: Sandy Smallwood, Phone: 805.773.3750, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Other happenings around the county include:
SeaVenture: Live Jazz every Wednesday night from 6P - 9PM. Last we saw, they were alternating between Dylan Johnson Quartet and Three Martini Lunch. (If you swing by, put a bug in their ear to update their blog!).
Steynberg Gallery sometimes has jazz, but we didn't see anything jazz on the current schedule. http://www.steynberg-events.com/calendar.html
The Royal Garden Swing Orchestra performs this Friday in Paso Robles on 710 Pine Street from 8 - 10PM. Contact Warren Balfour at 550-1192 (email: email@example.com).
On Saturday, November 2, the Atascadero Community Band performs at the Atascadero Bible Church at noon. All donations for this free event go to support the Atascadero High School Jazz Band. Phone: (805) 239 4644 for details.
While this may not be jazz, we ARE fans of classical music - most jazz musicians are, you know, so don't forget that Festival Mozaic has a Winter Season of all kinds of awesome events happening. Check out their website for details at: http://www.festivalmozaic.com
On Tuesday, November 5, Buddy Guy - a Blues Guitar Legend - will perform at Santa Barbara. Tickets/Info: https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=2767 or (805) 893-3535.
Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola performing at SLO Brew on Wednesday, December 4. These cats are two of the "young lions" who are at this point fairly dominant on the current jazz charts. This ought to be a mid-week show worth attending, for sure. http://events.sanluisobispo.com/san_luis_obispo_ca/events/show/361021603-charlie-hunter-scott-amendola
For our part, our organization is busy planning events surrounding the first SLO Jazz Festival, May 17, 2014, in Mission de Tolosa San Luis Obispo. We're offering annual memberships - where 2013 will automatically be grandfathered into 2014 for the jazz festival. Also, we'll point out that this is an excellent time if you're of the age to offer a contribution from your 401K - we're fully certified by the IRS and State of California, all of our paperwork is in order to receive donations. Come talk with Scott on Sunday and learn more about what's happening!
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