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Ninth Annual
Whale & Jazz Festival

April, 2011

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Experience the nation's only Whale & Jazz Festival - celebrating an entire month of great jazz, great food, adventure, romance, family fun and learning about the majestic whales in migration on the Northern California coast of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.

Ninth Annual Whale & Jazz Festival program
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Terry Simcik & Susan Sutton St. Orres & Jazz
Friday, April 1, 6:00 & 8:00 p.m. seatings
St. Orres fine dining & lodging, Gualala

Gorgeous interweaving on jazz standards with consistently uplifting interpretations, performed by the outstanding Susan Sutton, keyboard and Terry Simcik, guitar. Regular 3-course dining room menu, award-winning wine cellar in St. Orres' spectacular, multi-story, domed dining room. Dining reservations recommended. (707) 884-3335

Frank Jackson Gualala Arts Festival Concert
Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

Erik Jekabson "Spanning the Decades" ...from Frank Jackson to Jeff Oster & from Monk to Vuk to Jekabson.

Primo vocalists and scat masters, Jackson and Oster, present "The Art of Scat" in addition to beloved standards. The concert includes an instrumental Thelonious Monk tribute, Vuckovich's Blue Balkan compositions and the concert premier of "SF Giants, We Do Love Them All," Erik Jekabson's brilliant originals, including his brand new salute to our coast and even more surprises! Featuring master musicians Erik Jekabson, trumpet; Christian Tamburr, vibes; Evan Price, violin; Larry Vuckovich, piano; Jeff Chambers, upright bass and Chuck McPherson, drums. Tickets: $28 advance, $5 more day of event. No-host bar, appetizer buffet.

Chris Doering Combo Java & Jazz
Sunday, April 3, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Blue Canoe Coffee & Tea, Anchor Bay

Chris Doering Combo: Doering, guitar, Karl Young, shakuhachi flute and Keith Abrams, bass guitar, plus other excellent musicians. The music is melodic and intriguing and the richly dynamic and truly moving vocals of Jan Harris as special guest will punctuate the afternoon. Mellow jazz to enjoy over fine coffees and teas, mochas and milkshakes and Franny's famous pastries. (707) 884-1800

Let's Get Lost Jazz Film
Monday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.
Arena Theater, Point Arena

Let's Get Lost (1988 - 120 min.) This documentary about jazz trumpeter / singer Chet Baker intercuts footage from the 1950s, when he was part of West Coast Cool, and from his last years. We see the young Baker, he of the beautiful face, in California and in Italy, where he appeared in at least one movie and at least one jail cell (for drug possession). And, we see the aged Baker, detached, indifferent, his face a ruin. Includes interviews with his children and ex-wife, women companions, and musicians. Film Club members free; non-members $8.

Gray whale flipping its flukes A Whale of an Evening!
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

View whale-related art by students from Pacific Community Charter Schools and Whale & Jazz sculptures, Bubba Gray and the Blowholes, by Colvin Pitts. At 7:00 p.m., Fred Andrews will host a slide-lecture on the annual gray whale migration, illustrated with whale baleen and bone, followed by the film "For the Whales." Lecture and film are age appropriate for students through adults. Coffee, tea and light refreshments. $5 suggested donation.

Keith Abrams Bones & Jazz
Friday, April 8, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Bones Roadhouse, Gualala

The solid and soulful musicianship of the Keith Abrams Groove Factor, featuring Paul Mueller, tenor sax; Chris Doering, guitar; Gabe Yanez, drums; Abrams on bass guitar and more. Enjoy real Texas wood-fired barbecue, full bar, fine wines and microbrews. No cover charge; reservations recommended. (707) 884-1188

Serafina Brown Romance & Jazz
Saturday, April 9, 5:00 p.m.
Whale Watch Inn, Anchor Bay

Bay Area vocalist, Serafina Brown, crafts deeply beautiful interpretations of both familiar standards and some lesser-known songs, consistently displaying an acute reverence for melody. Accompanied by Rob Ellis, keyboard and Steve Webber, acoustic bass. Enjoy international gourmet buffet and wine tasting by Navarro Winery at sunset overlooking the sea. $40 prix fixe includes jazz entertainment. Limited seating; reservations required. (800) 942-5342

Terry Simcik Elk & Jazz
Sunday, April 10, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Bridget Dolan's Pub, Elk

The simpatico guitar duo of Terry Simcik and Chris Doering interpret jazz classics and standards lovingly and delicately with great taste. Coastal, casual and comfort cuisine. Regular menu, excellent selection of local microbrews and wines. No cover charge; Dining reservations recommended. (707) 877-1820

Whale & Jazz Festival Jazz Film
Monday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.
Arena Theater, Point Arena

Tango (1998, 115 min.) Written & directed by Carlos Saura. Nominated for both Oscar & Golden Globe awards, this visually stunning film set in Buenos Aries, tells the story of a director's quest to make the ultimate tango film. It deals with love affairs, musician and dancer freedom of expression and creative conflicts with investors who oppose a scene recreating Argentina's brutal years of political suppression and citizen "disappearances." Tango sets the mood for the upcoming Trio Garufa Arena Theater Festival Concert (April 23, below). Film Club members free; non-members $8.

Tom B's Wailin' Jazzers History & Jazz
Friday, April 15, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Stewarts Point Store Dance Hall

Tom B's Wailin' Jazzers. Traditional New Orleans jazz at its best in a perfect setting of the era. Tom Barnebey, cornet & trombone; Robert Young, bass saxophone & other reeds; Scott Anthony, guitar & banjo. Full bar, gourmet appetizers, small plates and desserts. No cover charge. Limited seating. (707) 785-2406

Tom Barnebey Chowder & Jazz
Saturday, April 16, 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, returning again by popular demand, accompanying the Annual Chowder Challenge ($20 for 15 tasting tickets and commemorative glass). Free admission for music only.

Terry Rodriguez Arena Cove & Jazz
Sunday, April 17, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Pier Chowder House & Tap Room

Wharf Building, Arena Cove, Point Arena

The Greg D'Augelli - Terry Rodriguez Ensemble; D'Augelli, tenor sax, flute & acoustic bass; Rodriguez, keyboard. Swinging and intricate acoustic jazz sounds played by these top-rated musicians. Great seafood and more overlooking the Arena Cove. Special menu at regular prices. Full bar, domestic, imported and microbrew beers. Dining reservations recommended. (707) 882-3400

Cloudfire Arena Monday & Jazz
Monday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.
Arena Theater, Point Arena

Cloudfire world music dance concert. New and unique rhythmic grooves drawing from jazz, tribal, and funk influences. Gretchen Barton (oud, dulcimer, bansuri flute), Janet DeBar (didjeridu), Harrison Goldberg (saxophones), Dave Jordan (bass guitar) and Leon Schneiderman (drums, metallophone). This event is part of the Arena Theater's Third Monday Music Series featuring local musicians; dance floor open. Adults $5; students $2; children 13 and under free. (707) 882-3456

Northern California Voices Poetry & Jazz
Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.
215 Main, Point Arena

"Northern California Voices" ...Improvisational jazz by Harrison Goldberg, multi-reeds; Chris Doering, guitar; Keith Abrams, bass guitar; Chris Campbell, drums, accompany Northern California poets: Janet DeBar, Blake More, Amanda Woodward, Richard Di Grazia, Fred Adler, Cheri Ause and Steven "Kush" Kusner. 215 Main is a new wine and beer bar with cabaret ambiance, located in the heart of downtown Point Arena on Main Street / Highway 1. $5 donation (or more) is requested at the door with a one-drink minimum.

On The Air Sunset & Jazz
Friday, April 22, 5:30 & 8:00 p.m. seatings
Sea Ranch Lodge

Ned Ripple and Dennis Fortin, superb guitarists, performing as "On The Air," playing entrancing European gypsy jazz and joyous Fats Waller swing. Impressive sunset views, special menu, à la carte selections, award-winning wines and full bar; dining reservations recommended. (707) 785-2371

Trio Garufa Arena Theater Festival Concert
Saturday, April 23, 8:00 p.m.
Arena Theater, Point Arena

"Tango with Trio Garufa and Friends"

The impeccable Trio Garufa plus fine guest musicians Mayumi Urgino, violin and Ara Anderson, trumpet. Trio Garufa Globally acclaimed international ensemble performing authentic Argentine Tango with integrity. Music from the Golden Era ('30s thru '50s), folkloric music and modern Astor Piazzolla tangos are featured. Exotic, virtuosic and extremely danceable. Sascha Jacobsen (Russia), acoustic bass; Guillermo García (Argentina), guitar; and Adrian Jost (Switzerland), bandoneón & bayan. Bar, snack stand and dance floor open. Tickets: $28 online & at local vendors ($3 off for Arena Theater members at vendors only); $30 at the door.

Ara Anderson & Adrian Jost Ocean & Jazz
Sunday, April 24, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Top of the Cliff, Gualala

The Ara & Adrian Potpourri, presents both classic and original European-tinged melodic collaborations, interpreted by stellar musicians Ara Anderson, trumpet, and Adrian Jost, bandoneón & bayan (small & large push-button accordions). Unique, enchanting and atmospheric musique. Special Easter menu plus regular dinner and bar menu, full bar. Dining reservations recommended; No cover charge. (707) 884-1539

Mimi & Gabriel Pirard Vistas & Jazz
Friday, April 29, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Timber Cove Inn

Dgiin, led by the exciting vocal sister and brother team of Mimi and Gabriel Pirard, perform original Parisian songs with a jazz flavor and unique style. The group brings together various cultures and influences with an irresistible beat. Mimi's extraordinary voice is reminiscent of a young and fresh Edith Piaf. Special menu and à la carte selections available from Alexander's Restaurant. Full bar, no cover charge; dining reservations recommended. (707) 847-3231

Sang Matiz Wine & Jazz
Saturday, April 30, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Winery

The Sang Matiz trio plays a spirited blend of Latin and Flamenco sounds with beautiful vocalizations. Its seasoned and worldly young male and female musicians hail from Peru, Chile, Germany and the USA, creating a true "matiz" (harmonious mixture) of danceable, uplifting global music. Yuri, vocals, guitar and composer; Eddie, lead guitar; Tony, congas, bongos and percussion. Celebrate an early Cinco de Mayo in the blossoming orchard and flower-edged tasting room patio and enjoy the views, wines and great Latin Jazz! Bring a picnic to enjoy under the trees. Fine Annapolis wines available for purchase; light refreshments available. Donation $5 to $25. (707) 886-5460

Kai Devitt-Lee Phoenix & Jazz
Saturday, April 30, 6:00 p.m.
Phoenix Restaurant, Point Arena

Polished guitarist, 17-year-old Kai Devitt-Lee is following in the footsteps of the other now famous Santa Rosa guitarist, young Julian Lage. Devitt-Lee will perform solo Flamenco and will be joined by Chris Doering, guitar and Keith Abrams, bass guitar on lilting jazz flights of fancy. Regular menu, beer & wine bar; dining reservations recommended. (707) 882-1619

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.

Studio 391 Studio 391
Friday - Monday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cypress Village Gallery District, Gualala

Enjoy fine art and a customized jazz playlist while browsing a unique selection of glass blown seashells and glass kelp, kiln-formed glass nests and ceramic urchin bowls. Highlights include the handcrafted decoupage 'ocean' floor featuring life under the sea, the biggest work of art in the gallery. And don't miss the opportunity to whale watch from the Whale Watching Deck under the clock tower, directly above the gallery.

Past Festivals

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

"Gualala and Point Arena are truly best-kept secrets for many travelers in Mendocino County," said Hal Wagenet, Chair of Visit Mendocino County, the travel tourism office. "A gorgeous coast, great hospitality, and for a musician like me the jazz is simply fantastic."

2011 Whale and Jazz Festival Venue Map
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Whale & Jazz, by Drew Fagan

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Jeff Chambers at Gualala Arts Center, April, 2011

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is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
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Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Gualala Arts, 1961 - 2011

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