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Eighth Annual Redwood Coast
Whale & Jazz Festival

April 1 - 24, 2010

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Eighth Annual Whale & Jazz Festival program
Program Guide

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Sketches Newsletter
Whale & Jazz issue

2010 Whale and Jazz Festival Venue Map
Venue Map


Youth & Jazz

Thursday, March 25
Gualala Arts Center

Special musical performance for local elementary and high school students by Cloudfire, including discussion with the musicians.

2010 Festival Sponsor
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Rams Head
Realty & Rentals

Whale watching, Doug Thompson

Whales Presentation

Thursday, April 1, 7:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

Admission is $5.

Whales: Touching the Mystery
DVD by naturalist & author Doug Thompson

Susan Sutton

Sunset & Jazz

Friday, April 2, 5:30 and 8:00 p.m.
The Sea Ranch Lodge

Sublime melodic jazz standards performed by Susan Sutton (keyboard) and Terry Simcik (guitar), returning by popular request. Impressive sunset views, special menu, à la carte selections, award-winning wines; reservations recommended.

Tom Barnebey

Chowder & Jazz

Saturday, April 3, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

2008 Chowder Challenge: George Marshall Free concert of traditional New Orleans jazz by Barnebey's Hot Four & More, back by popular demand, accompanies the Annual Chowder Challenge ($20 for 15 tasting tickets and commemorative glass). Free admission for music only.

Chowder & Jazz, poster by Hall Kelley
Lavay Smith

Arena Theater Event

Saturday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Arena Theater
, Point Arena

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Red Hot Skillet Lickers
The queen of classic jazz & blues in the authentic style of the 1940s & '50s. This event's musicians: Bill Ortiz (trumpet), Danny Armstrong (trombone), Jules Broussard (alto sax), Howard Wiley (tenor sax), Chris Siebert (piano), Ron Belcher (bass), Darrell Green (drums). Tickets $28 advance, $5 more day of event.

"Outstanding... the real deal... Smith and her red-hot musicians are schooled in the nuances of blues, swing, and bop."

- Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express

Whale & Jazz Festival Arena Theater 2010, poster by Hall Kelley
Roger Glenn & Eddie Pasternak

Ocean & Jazz

Sunday, April 4, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Top of the Cliff
, Gualala

Musically profound, veteran multi-instrumentalist, Roger Glenn (vibes, tenor sax/flute) and scintillating guitarist Eddie Pasternak will swing and entertain on standards and ballads. Special Easter Menu plus regular dinner and bar menu available. Dining reservations recommended; no cover charge.

Sang Matiz

Vistas & Jazz

Friday, April 9, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Timber Cove Inn

Sang Matiz led by Eddie Cabezas, performs a blend of upbeat South American and Caribbean rhythms with a jazz flavor and unique style, bringing together various cultures and influences with an intoxicating beat. Special menu and à la carte selections available from Alexander's Restaurant. No cover charge; reservations recommended.

Jennifer Lee

Romance & Jazz

Saturday, April 10, 5:00 p.m.
Whale Watch Inn
, Anchor Bay

SF Bay Area's Jennifer Lee (vocalist / pianist / guitarist), with her warm, lovely voice, extraordinary musicality and hip sense of time, brings each number to life with great style and class. Accompanied by Christian Doering (guitar). Enjoy international buffet and wine at sunset overlooking the sea. $40 prix fixe includes jazz entertainment. Limited seating; reservations recommended.

Whale & Jazz, by Drew Fagan
Redwood Grill

Brunch & Jazz

Sunday, April 11, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Redwood Grill
, Anchor Bay

Ballads, bop, blues and bossa nova performed by accomplished local guitar duo, Keith Abrams and Christian Doering. Regular menu available. Reservations recommended.

A Great Day in Harlem

Jazz Films

Monday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
Arena Theater
, Point Arena

A Great Day in Harlem (1994), Esquire magazine photographer Art Kane gathered 57 of the world's greatest jazz musicians for a group photo. This film brilliantly captures the vibrant spirit of Harlem at that time through anecdotes from those who were present. (59 minutes)

The Legend of Bop City The Legend of Bop City (1998) is a documentary about the famous SF jazz mecca of the 1940s and 50s, Jimbo's Bop City in the Fillmore District. Every major musician of that magical era performed there and this fascinating film brings that heyday back to life through rare stills and interviews. (52 minutes)

Gray whale flipping its flukes
Whale Watching

Bones Roadhouse

BBQ, Brews & Jazz

Thursday, April 15, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Bones Roadhouse
, Gualala

Riveting sounds of Mendocino Rhythm and Swing Club: Paul Mueller (tenor sax), Harrison Goldberg (soprano & alto sax), Christian Doering (guitar), Keith Abrams (bass), James Hayes (drums), Andrew 'Pinecone' Pursell (percussion). Enjoy real Texas wood-fired barbecue, eclectic microbrews and full bar at Bones Roadhouse' new location on Highway 1, Gualala. No cover charge; reservations recommended.

Whale & Jazz 2010
Arena Cove & Jazz

Arena Cove & Jazz

Friday, April 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Pier Chowder House and Tap Room
, Point Arena

The Richard Cooper Trio. Great seafood and more overlooking the Arena Cove. Special menu at regular prices, full bar, domestic, imported and microbrew beers. Reservations recommended.

Erik Jekabson
Jeanne Geiger

The Main Event

Saturday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

Bay Area Composers Jazz Ensembles
Elena Pinderhughes
Zoe Presley
Co-directed by Erik Jekabson, trumpet,
and Jeanne Geiger, trombone.

Ground breaking, multi-layered original compositions performed by major musician / composers. Ensembles range from quintet to seventeen pieces.

Joined by guest artists, 14-year-old flutist, Elena Pinderhughes (youngest member ever of SF Symphony), and the riveting, avant-garde vocalizations of Zoë Presley. Tickets $28 advance, $5 more day of event; includes free appetizer buffet. No-host bar.

Whale & Jazz Festival Main Event 2010, poster by Hall Kelley
The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi

Jazz Film

Monday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.
Arena Theater
, Point Arena

"The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi" (2009) showcases the musician / composer's story through the 1960s and 70s. Guaraldi's famous scores for the Peanuts animations, his groundbreaking Jazz Mass at Grace Cathedral, appearances at the Hungry I and more are included. Rare footage and intimate comments by Jon Hendricks, Dave Brubeck, George Winston, Dick Gregory and Larry Vuckovich are also featured in this full-length musical feast. Award-winning filmmaker Andy Thomas will present his brand new documentary and welcome a Q & A session.


Poetry & Jazz

Thursday, April 22, 8:00 p.m.
Historic OddFellows Lodge
, Point Arena

"Northern Element"
Mendocino County Poets & Players

Blake More Improvisational jazz by Harrison Goldberg (reeds), Christian Doering (guitar), Keith Abrams (bass) and Chris Campbell (drums) accompany poets Devreaux Baker, Dan Barth, Janet DeBar, Blake More, Dale "Crawdad" Nelson, Dan Roberts; youth poets Norma Orozco, Xochil Goretsky.

Cabaret ambiance with hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and soft beverages for sale. Appropriate for high school students and up. Donation at door; $5-10.

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Ned Ripple

Dinner & Jazz

Friday, April 23, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
St. Orres
, Gualala

Ned Ripple and Dennis Fortin perform European Gypsy Jazz in St. Orres' spectacular, three-story domed dining room for an encore performance as The Hot Club Duet of Marin. Regular dining room menu at both seatings. Reservations recommended.


Wine & Jazz

Saturday, April 24, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Winery

Cloudfire voyages through world music, ancient & modern, jazz & folk, acoustic & electric; their music is modal, improvisational & intuitive. Cloudfire is: Gretchen Barton (oud, dulcimer & bansuri flute), Janet DeBar (didjeridu), Harrison Goldberg (saxophones), Dave Jordan (fretless electric bass) and Leon Schneiderman (drum set & metallophone). Donation $5-$25. Wine available by the glass; gourmet cheese selection.

Throughout the Festival

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.

Jazz at at the Gualala Arts Center

Past Festivals

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

Jazz at at the Gualala Arts Center

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