The Main Event: “Historic Vibes Summit”

Sonoma Mendocino Coast Whale and Jazz & Global Harmony present

a 15th Anniversary Special Concert with Bay Area virtuoso jazz vibists Roger Glenn, Tommy Kesecker and Yancie Taylor.

Saturday, April 7, 2018. Buffet dinner at 6 pm, guarantees early seating. Concert at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Coleman Hall

Concert $28 in advance, plus $5 day of. Dinner $25 in advance, plus $10 after March 30. Reservations required, tickets sold separately.

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15th Annual Chowder & Jazz

  • Three Bay Area virtuoso jazz vibists on one stage!
  • Featuring the Festival Youth Discovery, 16-year-old Yami Schwartz of Israel
  • A concert in loving memory of Peter Norville, nephew of legendary vibist, Red Norvo


The “Historic Vibes Summit”, the 2018 Whale and Jazz Festival Gualala Arts Main Event,  features jazz vibists Roger Glenn, Tommy Kessecker, and Yancie Taylor! Joining them are drummer Leon Joyce, pianist Greg Hester and bassist Pierre Archain, of France.  All will perform solo, as duos and ensemble, all on one stage! This will truly be an historic Vibes Summit spectacular jazz concert!

Also playing with these exceptional artists, introducing the 2018 Festival Youth Discovery, Yami Schwartz, 16, of Israel and Palo Alto.

Tommy Kesecker, vibes.

Roger Glenn is the son of renowned and historic vibist/trombonist Tyree Glenn, who was prominent for years with both the Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong bands. Roger Glenn was featured this past year in San Juan Puerto Rico accompanying the legendary blues performer Taj Mahal. Yancie Taylor is a sensitive and swinging vibes master. Tommy Kesecker is a richly inventive four mallet wizard of the instrument.

The concert will include a unique tribute to the pinnacle and historic vibes masters, Lionel Hampton, Cal Tjader and Milt Jackson and is dedicated to the memory of Gualala’s Peter Norville, nephew of legendary vibist Red Norvo.

“This Vibes Summit is a dream concert for me to present. Sparks will fly on stage as these prominent musicians all inspire each other to reach new and greater heights. The sounds will be both joyful and vibrant; also poignant and sensitive. The 2018 Festival Youth Discovery, 16-year-old Yami Schwartz, will be a delight on guitar. The entire performance promises to be a memorable masterpiece,” said Fred Adler, Festival Music Coordinator.

Yancie Taylor, vibes.


Leon Joyce, drums.
Greg Hester, piano.
Pierre Archain, bassist.








Enjoy a small plates light buffet before the concert. Menu includes teriyaki chicken and tofu, carrot and cabbage salad with poppyseed dressing, Poke of abalone and ahi, and sushi rolls made with salmon and avocado with unagi cucumber. Cabaret seating and a no-host bar. Dinner tickets guarantee early seating.

Introducing  the 2018 Festival Youth Discovery

Yami Forman Schwartz of Israel


Sixteen​-​year​ -old​ ​Yami​ ​Forman​ ​Schwartz,​ ​began​ ​playing​ ​music​ ​in​ ​his​ ​native​ ​Israel​ ​and​ ​was introduced​ ​to​ ​Jazz​ ​while​ ​attending​ ​the​ ​Charles​ ​E.​ ​Smith​ ​School​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Performing​ ​Arts​ ​in Jerusalem.​ ​Yami​ ​has​ ​participated​ ​and​ ​played​ ​in​ ​numerous​ ​workshops​ ​and​ ​jazz​ ​programs​ ​at Rimon​ ​Music​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Israel,​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Jazz​ ​Academy,​ ​Durham​ ​Jazz​ ​Workshop,​ ​North Carolina​ ​All​ ​State​ ​Band​ ​Intensive,​ ​Stanford​ ​Jazz​ ​Workshop​ ​and​ ​more.

New​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Bay​ ​area,​ ​Yami​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​San Francisco Jazz​ ​High​ ​School​ ​All​ ​Stars​ ​Big​ ​Band, and​ ​performs​ ​around​ ​the​ ​Bay​ ​Area​ ​and​ ​in​ ​San​ ​Francisco.

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Tickets are $28 advance, $5 more day of performance for the concert;
youth 7-17 admitted free with adult.

Dinner reservations required. $25 advance, $10 more after March 30.

For advance purchase, visit Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 1-800-838-3006.
To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.