The Wharf Building has been home to several incarnations of restaurants, and participated in the 2004 Whale & Jazz Festival as the Arena Cove Bar & Grill.
The current restaurant, the Pier Chowder House & Tap Room, is operated by Wharf Building owners, John and Tracy DuPont, and was part of the 2010 Festival.
This year, bass player Greg D'Augelli returns with keyboardist, Terry Rodriguez.
The restaurant is a seafood house in a casual atmosphere with an awe-inspiring view of the lively activities at Arena Cove. Get the literal bird's eye view of the pier, the fishing boats and jagged cliffs plunging into the sea as you dine on fresh seafood, some caught locally that day, or enjoy entrees from the grill.
The Chowder House has an extensive wine list and 40 brews on tap. Every day finds colorful locals and visitors alike relaxing at the historic, 100-year-old bar or gazing at the Pacific on the deck. The Chowder House chef also competes in the Chowder & Jazz "Chowder Challenge." For Arena Cove & Jazz, a special menu will be offered at regular prices. Full bar, excellent selection of draft beers and micro-brews. MC/VI. Dining reservations recommended. (707) 882-3400
Greg D'Augelli, upright bass
Greg is a multi-instrumentalist, originally from the Bay area, now residing in Chico. He is a veteran musician with much playing experience on woodwinds and bass.
Greg has done shows with the Four Tops, Connie Francis, the Temptations, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart and others. He also teaches at Chico State University and participates yearly with his wife Barbara at the Mendocino Music Festival. D'Augelli played the 2010 Whale & Jazz Festival with Richard Cooper Trio.
Terry Rodriguez, keyboard
Rodriguez lives in Oakland and has been playing jazz piano in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Although his father, Dick Oxtot, was a well-known fixture on the traditional jazz scene, Rodriguez did not begin playing until his 20s. He has played with Eddie Henderson, Richie Cole, Frank Rosolino, Noel Jewkes, John Handy, Faye Carol and others. For the last nine years he played twice a week with former Dave Brubeck bass player Ron Croty at the Oakland Museum, and can be currently heard on Fridays with trumpeter Warren Gale and saxophonist Vince Wallace at Van Kleefes on Telegraph in Oakland. This year Rodriguez is playing at both tonight's Arena Cove & Jazz and April 16 at the historic Gualala Hotel with tenor sax player, Francis Vanek.