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July 2013

Julian Pollack Trio, Hot Club of San Francisco 2013

Thu, July 18, 8:00 PM

“…a ferociously assured and creatively dazzling pianist, composer and arranger” (San Francisco Chronicle), Julian Pollack’s trio will follow a rousing set by Americas finest gypsy swing band in the style of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli, the Hot Club of San Francisco.

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Kim Nalley, vocals 2013

Fri, July 19, 3:00 PM

Kim Nalley, one of the world’s best jazz and blues vocalists, has the sexy aura of a diva from the forties,

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$15

Peer-to-Peer Jazz Workshop 2013

Sat, July 20, 10:00 AM

Saturday July 20, 10:00 AM Matheson Theater “When you hear how great these young kids play, you know the future of our music is in good hands.” – Thelonius Monk, Jr. (monkinstitute.org) Miles Berry, 18, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts – tenor saxophone Joel Ross, 17, Chicago High School for the Arts – vibes Nick Saia, 17, LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, NYC – guitar James Francies, 17, High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston…

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Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Sextet 2013

Sat, July 20, 3:00 PM

Saturday July 20, 3:00 PM Preston Hall “When you hear how great these young kids play, you know the future of our music is in good hands.” – Thelonius Monk, Jr. (monkinstitute.org) Miles Berry, 18, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts – tenor saxophone Joel Ross, 17, Chicago High School for the Arts – vibes Nick Saia, 17, LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, NYC – guitar James Francies, 17, High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston…

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Festival Big Band with Kathleen Grace 2013

Sat, July 20, 8:00 PM

A smashing evening with the Festival Big Band Orchestra, led by Allan Pollack, who plays a mean saxophone.

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July 2014

$27

Kathleen Grace Band 2014

Sat, July 19, 3:00 PM

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 3:00 PM Preston Hall A favorite of the Festival as Big Band singer, Kathleen Grace returns with her own band and her own songs that fuse the musical language of jazz, rock and folk with extraordinary storytelling abilities. “Smart, alluring and evocative” (Washington Post), Kathleen Grace has traveled the world sharing her country, folk and jazz inspired music with audiences from New York to Peru. Her latest release, No Place to Fall, presents Grace’s dynamic original songs alongside…

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$27

Festival Big Band with Kim Nalley: Homage to Aretha Franklin 2014

Sat, July 19, 8:00 PM

The annual Big Band concert will feature vocalist Kim Nalley, former owner of the San Francisco Jazz Club at Pearl’s. She has an amazing 3 ½ octave range and is known for her striking stage presence. She will sing songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, many of which will be familiar to the audience. She will be accompanied by the all-star Big Band directed by conductor and saxophonist Allan Pollack.

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$27

Suzanna Smith and Kenny Washington 2014

Wed, July 23, 3:00 PM

Superheroes of the Bay Area Jazz Scene. Listen to the magic as Smith, who combines the confessional imperative of a singer/songwriter with the rhythmic acuity of a jazz chanteuse, teams up with Washington, a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Both have superb voices that glide effortlessly into the stratosphere. The music comes from a tradition of soul that is deep and heartfelt.  Their rhythmic energy and imaginative interpretations bring this lovely…

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$12 – $37

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band 2014

Thu, July 24, 8:00 PM

Poncho Sanchez’s music is a swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At every show Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and churn with results that are no less than dazzling. Among the more prominent figures that inform his music are conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo, and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Poncho Sanchez says, “There’s room for a lot of different sounds in our music.…

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$12 – $46

Irma Thomas, Queen of the Delta Blues 2014

Fri, July 25, 8:00 PM

Irma Thomas won a Grammy in 2007 for Best Contemporary Blues Album and was chosen as one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices. Dubbed the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Thomas will warm your heart with her blend of roots and blues. She has been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and continues to win awards every year. This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a legend of our own time, inviting you to share a trip with…

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$27

Julian Waterfall Pollack and Natalie Tenenbaum: Duo Pianos 2014

Sat, July 26, 3:00 PM

Two of the most brilliantly talented pianist/composers from the New York scene team up to play the driving, rhythmic music of Adams, Reich, and their own compositions, as well as creative arrangements of popular contemporary songs. The eclectic program was drawn together by the performers’ love of great music, regardless of genre, and their interest in the immense sound that two pianos are capable of producing together. Julian Waterfall Pollack:   ”…a ferociously assured and creatively dazzling pianist, composer, and arranger…”…

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July 2015

$12 – $39

Tierney Sutton: After Blue 2015

Thu, July 16, 8:00 PM

The Joni Mitchell Project, featuring Mark Summer and Serge Merlaud. Tierney Sutton will present some of the material from her acclaimed album After Blue, her tribute to Joni Mitchell. Jeff Simon of the Buffalo News called it “a truly great record” and “Tierney Sutton sings Joni Mitchell, and if you think that even tells a fifth of the story, forget it. This is not just a jazz singer doing meaningless, pseudo hip show-off drivel on the music of a wildly…

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$12 – $29

Alex de Grassi 2015

Sat, July 18, 3:00 PM

Grammy-nominated guitarist Alex de Grassi has influenced a whole generation of guitarists with his compositions, recordings and performances for solo guitar. The Wall Street Journal calls his playing “flawless,” and New York Guitar Festival director David Spelman hails him as “a treasure.” Having performed previously at the Festival, he returns to perform his original compositions and unique arrangements—from Hendrix to Gershwin—as well as new compositions for Harp Guitar.  His long-running Summer Intensive Guitar Workshop, held here on the coast, runs…

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$12 – $53

Festival Big Band featuring Kathleen Grace 2015

Sat, July 18, 8:00 PM
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$12 – $29

JASBO, featuring the Jade Jazz Ensemble, Berkeley Young Musicians Choral Orchestra members 2015

Thu, July 23, 3:00 PM

The Jade Jazz Ensemble and singers from the Berkeley Young Musicians Choral Orchestra will present JASBO (Jazz, Art Song, Broadway, Opera). The mission of the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra is to use high quality, intensive, musical training, academic support, and personal guidance to improve the lives of talented, low-income students, ages nine through eighteen, from throughout the Bay Area. This concert is part of the students’ seven-week intensive summer camp.

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$12 – $49

Clarice Assad Trio 2015

Fri, July 24, 8:00 PM

A bold composer, a brilliant jazz pianist and an inventive vocalist all rolled into one, Clarice Assad floats freely across musical idioms. Born into one of Brazil’s most famous musical families, Assad is a symphonic and chamber music composer, a pianist and an arranger, a producer and a vocalist. Her music, weaving together influences from different times and different places, defies categorization. Assad’s work has been recorded and performed by the most prominent musicians in the world today, including violinist Nadja…

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July 2016

$12 – $39

Alex DeGrassi/Andrew York Duo; Badi Assad 2016

Thu, July 14, 7:30 PM

Alex de Grassi and Grammy award winner Andrew York are widely acclaimed as leading innovators and virtuosos of acoustic and classical guitar; the duo combine their distinctive compositions, arrangements, and technical mastery to deliver an astonishingly diverse program of music. Assad is a vibrant and exciting singer/guitarist from Brazil who transcends traditional styles with her unique mixture of pop, jazz and ethnic sounds from around the world. De Grassi’s long-running Summer Intensive Guitar Workshop, held here on the coast, runs concurrently…

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$12 – $29

Clairdee, Soulful Songstress 2016

Fri, July 15, 2:30 PM

This woman can do it all,” is how the Los Angeles Daily News describes Clairdee. With her lustrous voice, soulful delivery, and scene-stealing charisma, she has honed a repertoire of standards set to state of the art arrangements that are equally smart and entertaining. Pianist Ken French has been performing jazz piano professionally for nearly two decades on the San Francisco scene and as far afield as Japan and the Atlantic seaboard.

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$12 – $53

Festival Big Band, featuring Clairdee 2016

Sat, July 16, 7:30 PM

This woman can do it all!” –Los Angeles Daily News With her lustrous voice, soulful delivery, and scene-stealing charisma, Clairdee has honed a repertoire of standards set to state of the art arrangements that are equally smart and entertaining. Pianist Ken French has been performing jazz piano professionally for nearly two decades on the San Francisco scene and as far afield as Japan and the Atlantic seaboard.

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$12 – $39

Julian Pollack, featuring Sveti and ROSA 2016

Thu, July 21, 7:30 PM

An exciting and many faceted evening inspired by traditional Serbian folk music. Enjoy Julian with drummer Marko Djordjevic’s band, Sveti, and their amazing compositions based on Serbian folk rhythms. The international women’s vocal group ROSA, specializing in Serbian non-tempered singing, will round out a complex and riveting musical evening! Sveti is a group of absolutely monster musicians.” – Phil DiPietro, Allaboutjazz ROSA CGA PROMO 2-HD from Marija Stojnic on Vimeo.

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July 2017

$12 – $30

Zoe Ellis with Maya Kronfeld, piano 2017

Fri, July 14, 2:30 PM

Zoe Ellis’s dramatic and colorful voice is well known to music fans in the Bay Area and beyond. Described by reviewers as “a resourceful and inventive vocalist,” she sang for many years with the Bay Area funk band, the Mo’Fessionals. A dynamic performer, Ellis’s credits include live performances with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Donald Byrd, Phil Lesh and Friends, ZADELL music co-lead with her big brother Dave Ellis, SoVoSo, Slammin All-Body Band, Darryl Anders AgapeSoul, and as the leader…

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$12 – $30

Alex de Grassi with Andrew York 2017

Sat, July 15, 2:30 PM

Fingerstyle guitar master Alex de Grassi and Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Andrew York will perform solo and duo, and will also be joined by members of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop in the premier of a composition for guitar orchestra.

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$12 – $55

Festival Big Band, featuring Kim Nalley 2017

Sat, July 15, 7:30 PM

Kim Nalley has pipes to burn, packing a 3½ octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone. She has been compared to all the greats, but in the end, it’s Kim Nalley and no one else—an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot.

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$12 – $40

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion 2017

Tue, July 18, 7:30 PM

Bassist Richie Goods, the youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame, has toured with a variety of jazz and popular artists including the Headhunters, Lenny White, and Whitney Houston, among others. Goods’ lengthy discography also includes Grammy award-winning and platinum albums of Alicia Keys and Common. Together with his fusion/funk band Nuclear Fusion, they ignite the stage and excite the audience in one beautiful chain reaction. One of the most sought after Jazz and R &…

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$12 – $30

Babaghanoush 2017

Wed, July 19, 2:30 PM

Guitarist Dimitris Mahlis, drummer Ralph Humphrey, bassist Jerry Watts and saxophonist Antti Suzuki bring life to the multi ethnic compositions of Mahlis. Mahlis’s playing style has been described as soulful and unique, and his compositions have set a standard in cross-cultural pollination. Suzuki’s improvisational talents have been showcased over a varied musical landscape. Humphrey’s brilliant way with multiple meters, along with Watts’ unique approach to non-western genres, creates a rhythm section that explores musical territory with ease.

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$12 – $40

Julian Pollack and J3P0 2017

Thu, July 20, 7:30 PM

Julian Pollack brings his project and band J3P0 to the Festival stage this summer. Pollack will be joined by Cale Hawkins, Justin Golder and Adam Jackson. These jazz musicians explore popular songs from the later part of the 20th century as well as originals, through the lens of talk box vocals and jazz harmony, with a nod to contemporary music production. Experience the latest New York neo-fusion—jazz, funk and soul—in kaleidoscopic arrangements using laptops, synthesizers, and the Talkbox. “I remember…

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July 2018

$15 – $30

The Mattlock Duo Cabaret 2018

Thu, July 12, 2:30 PM

The Mattlock Duo (husband-and-wife team Daniel Lockert and Jenny Matteucci) will transform Preston Hall into a New York cabaret with music that crosses over from favorite standards, to twentieth century “classical” composers, and to Broadway. Their eclectic and humorous show “For the Love of…” will explore the many facets of love and showcase songs with intimate style.

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$15 – $30

Clairdee: A Love Letter to Lena Horne 2018

Fri, July 13, 2:30 PM

In “A Love Letter to Lena Horne,” Clairdee will commemorate the career of the groundbreaking singer, actress, and activist with fresh arrangements of songs associated with Horne from Harlem to Hollywood, Broadway and beyond. The program will include historical references and personal reflections on Horne’s significance as an American cultural icon. Clairdee’s lustrous voice and soulful delivery hearken back to a time when jazz, pop, and R&B often blended seamlessly together.

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$15 – $55

Festival Big Band, featuring Kim Nalley, Kenny Washington 2018

Sat, July 14, 7:30 PM

The red-hot Festival Big Band plays the perennially sold-out concert, this year with two vocalists to add to the high energy.  Last year’s Big Band vocalist Kim Nalley returns again this year to set the woods, and the house, on fire.  According to Down Beat, “Sultry voiced Nalley brings an irresistibly sexy sense of swing, rhythmic dexterity and beautiful sound to the classics, with her crisp diction and playful delivery of earthy lines.”  New Orleans native Kenny Washington has a…

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$15 – $40

Perla Batalla: House of Cohen 2018

Sun, July 15, 7:30 PM

Once a Leonard Cohen back-up singer, singer-songwriter Batalla launched her solo career with Cohen’s encouragement. The Grammy-nominated Batalla has recorded seven albums, written for both film and television, and toured worldwide.

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$15 – $30

Alex de Grassi, Andrew York 2018

Sat, July 21, 2:30 PM

Fingerstyle guitar master Alex de Grassi is the founder of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop which runs concurrently with the Mendocino Music Festival. Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist, composer and guest workshop teacher Andrew York joins him again this year in a concert program featuring their solo and duo compositions and arrangements that blend the sonorities of steel-string and classical guitar. They will be joined by members of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop in the premier of a composition for guitar…

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July 2019

$15 – $42

Sheléa

Mon, July 15, 7:30 PM

With hands that effortlessly glide over the keys and a voice that will carry you to the moon, Sheléa’s musical mastery makes her one of the most exhilarating up and coming artists today. While donning multiple hats of vocalist, songwriter, pianist, arranger and producer, Sheléa evokes the sultry energy of Whitney Houston and the piano chops and writing prowess of Alicia Keys. Read Sheléa’s Bio

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$15 – $42

Badi Assad, Diego Figueiredo

Thu, July 18, 7:30 PM

Brazil’s Badi Assad is lauded as one of the world’s most unique performance artists of this generation. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. Combining an extraordinary guitar talent, unique mouth percussion and beautiful singing, Assad creates an exciting, fresh sound. Fellow Brazilian Diego Figueiredo, a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling, is a fast-rising star among the world’s greatest jazz guitarists. His superb technique and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names as he unites a fusion of Brazilian music with jazz. Twice a winner at the Montreux Jazz Competition, Figueiredo is also a producer, arranger, orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist.

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$15 – $30

Kathleen Grace

Fri, July 19, 2:30 PM

Kathleen Grace has forged a remarkable career that has sent her around the globe playing for audiences who appreciate her eclectic musical tastes that range from jazz, to blues, to indie folk. Following a year recording with the iconic Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) and performing with the chart-topping rock band, Portugal. The Man, Grace returns to the Music Festival performing her nostalgia-driven songs. Her upcoming albums, Tie Me to You and Like a Radio, feature unique collaborations with…

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Guitars in the Mendocino Village

Fri, July 19, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

If you’re out and about Mendocino on Friday afternoon July 19 during the Festival you may happen upon a little Bach, some bossa nova, or even a classic pop song being conjured up on one or more guitars. The Mendocino Guitar Workshop, in co-operation with the Mendocino Music Festival, will unleash another eclectic crew of guitarists in shops and galleries around the village to add a little spice to the fortnight’s already festive air. Watch for signs indicating the locations…

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$15 – $30

Alex de Grassi and Andrew York

Sat, July 20, 2:30 PM

Fingerstyle guitar master Alex de Grassi is the founder of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop which runs concurrently with the Mendocino Music Festival. Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist, composer and guest workshop teacher Andrew York joins him again this year in a concert program featuring their solo and duo compositions and arrangements that blend the sonorities of steel-string and classical guitar. They will be joined by members of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop in the premier of a composition for guitar…

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$15 – $55

Festival Big Band: Tribute to Aretha, featuring Kim Nalley

Sat, July 20, 7:30 PM

With a reputation as one of the world’s best jazz and blues vocalists, Kim Nalley is back to join the big band musicians in a tribute to the incomparable Aretha Franklin. She has pipes to burn, a 3½ octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, and projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone.

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$15 – $30

The Odd Dogs

Wed, July 24, 2:30 PM

The Odd Dogs’ sound is a melting pot of dynamic rock and world music, expressed through jazz and improvisational sensibilities. The band draws from a rich pallet of musical influences: Rush, Tool, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Joe Zawinul, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, and Thelonious Monk. Each an accomplished musician in his own right, the members of The Odd Dogs have a combined 200+ years in the music world. Their versatility and experience is exactly what made it possible for them…

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