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Sixth Annual Redwood Coast
Whale & Jazz Festival

April, 2008

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2008 Events  -   Map  -   Tickets  -   Sponsors  -   Volunteers  -   Staff  -   Past Festivals

Printable (pdf) program guide

Al Young; photo by Joseph Robinson

Poetry & Jazz

Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

California Poet Laureate Al Young,
accompanied by bassist Dan Robbins.
St. Orres

Dinner & Jazz

Friday, April 4
St. Orres Dining Room

Two seatings of three courses will be served in the Russian styled dining room with European Gypsy Jazz performed by Bo Django Guitars with Paul Gruen and Ned Ripple.
Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival: Chowder Challenge

Chowder Challenge & Tasting

Saturday, April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

The popular Annual Chowder Challenge & Tasting with wine & microbrew tastings and a free concert with traditional New Orleans jazz by Barnebey's Hot Four.
This gray whale spout makes rainbows!

Whale Documentary Films

Saturday, April 5 starting 2:00 p.m.
Gualala Community Center

"The Mendocino Whale War," "Gray Whale Obstacle Course" and several short films.
Gualala Arts Jazz Series logo Elena Pinderhughes

Whale & Jazz Main Event

Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

Grace Kelly
Jazz prodigies, "a rare moment in time" featuring 13-year-old flute sensation and vocalist Elena Pinderhughes and 15-year-old alto sax sensation, vocalist and composer, Grace Kelly, with their ensembles.
The Sea Ranch Lodge sunset

Sunset & Jazz

Sunday, April 6
The Sea Ranch Lodge

Panoramic ocean views, multi-course menu paired with fine wines will be served while Susan Sutton on piano with Terry Simcik, guitar, plays dinner music as beautiful as the sunset.
Annapolis Winery

Wine & Jazz

Saturday, April 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Winery

Nestled on a sunny hilltop and surrounded by redwood forests, the views from the winery are as beautiful as they are breathtaking. Golden voiced Bay Area vocalist and melodia player Christie Winn will be accompanied by guitarist Steve Bissinger and bassist Geoff Brennan. Wine by the glass and cheese selection.
Whale Watch Inn

Romance & Jazz

Saturday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Whale Watch Inn

Enjoy home-made buffet and Parducci wines at this romantic get-away with its stunning views while listening to Susan Sutton on piano with Steve Webber, acoustic bass. Vocalist Linda Jean will enhance your evening with classic vocal stylings.
Arena Theater

Arena Rhythm 'n Jazz

Saturday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Arena Theater

"A Motown Jazz Soul Revue" will feature Rhonda Benin (Bay Area R&B & jazz vocalist) and Calvin Tillery with six spectacular musicians at the historic Arena Theater.
Tammy Hall

Brunch & Jazz

Sunday, April 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Redwood Grill

Enjoy a sumptuous brunch at the local Anchor Bay favorite Redwood Grill while listening to jazz and blues pianist Tammy Hall.
Point Arena Lighthouse

Whale Watching

Open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Point Arena Lighthouse

Set in one of the most spectacular, yet peaceful surroundings on the northern California coast, the Point Arena Lighthouse and surrounding grounds are one of the best places to view whales on the Mendonoma coast.
Sixth Annual Whale & Jazz Festival program Program Guide

2008 Whale and Jazz Festival Venue Map
Venue Map

2008 Festival Sponsor:
Rams Head Realty & Rentals logo
Rams Head
Realty & Rentals

Gray whale flipping its flukes
Whale Watching

2003 Whale & Jazz Festival: Taylor Eigsti Trio; photo credit PT Nunn
Past Festivals

Whale & Jazz, by Drew Fagan

Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival logo

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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