Annapolis Winery is a family-owned winery nestled on a sunny hilltop surrounded by the vineyards, orchards and vistas of redwood forests. The views from the winery are as beautiful as they are breathtaking.
For the Festival's premier "wine & jazz" event, the Scalabrini family will be offering their wines by the glass along with a selection of fruit and cheese. Golden voiced Bay Area vocalist and melodia player Christie Winn will be accompanied by guitarist Steve Bissinger
and bassist Geoff Brennan to enhance your afternoon's enjoyment of this lovely winery setting.
A veteran of numerous groups, Christie Winn has toured internationally including performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival as well as major Bay Area venues such as the Fillmore, the Great American Music Hall and Yoshi's. In 1995 she and three other female vocalists formed the a cappella quartet "Jezebelle." "Jezebelle" was signed by Discovery/Warner and released a CD under the band's name. Since that time she has been a highly in demand singer, pianist and arranger in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Steve Bissinger is a guitarist, songwriter and producer who has also worked extensively as a film composer and sound designer. He has been nominated for two Emmy and three Golden Reel Awards for which he won for his work on "Northern Exposure." Recent film credits include "3:10 To Yuma," "Transformers" and "Marie Antoinette." Drawing from his film background he brings a filmic sensibility to the music, incorporating banjo, lap steel guitar and effects in sometimes unusual ways.
As songwriters, Winn and Bissinger are both firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. But they share a unique musical vision that incorporates country, Latin, soul, Appalachia and a hint of cowboy music into a jazz context, sometimes infusing elements of these styles into a jazz tune, sometimes simply taking a left turn and playing an Appalachian ballad next to a jazz standard. Some might find these seemingly disparate genres strange bedfellows, but in a world where borders have become less distinct, these kinds of musical pairings seem to make more and more sense.
. . . coming soon . . .