The Festival Big Band comprises seventeen nimble, creative, steaming and swinging pros who come together year after year for the sheer love of music-making with bandleader Allan Pollack, and for the joy of playing for wildly enthusiastic sold out audiences in the big tent on the bluffs. This summer’s concert will feature the return of vocalist Kathleen Grace. One of the most exciting newcomers on the scene today, Grace brings youth and freshness to both jazz and popular standards, with a lithe, shimmering voice that tells a story, drawing the listener in with vocal harmonies, grooves and textures.
Kathleen Grace has performed around the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, an official South by Southwest showcase, and festivals in Europe, South America and Asia. She is also a passionate music educator and has hosted masterclasses and workshops on many of her tours. She is currently on the faculty of her alma mater, The Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.
Mendocino Merchants Welcome the Festival
The merchants and galleries of Mendocino welcome musicians and concertgoers with extended hours until 7 pm on Saturdays during the Festival.