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Seventh Annual Redwood Coast
Whale & Jazz Festival

April 2 - 20, 2009

Celebrating the annual Gray Whale Migration with whale activities
and featuring a 2009 Jazz Festival with an International flavor.

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2009 Events  -   Map  -   Tickets  -   Sponsors  -   Volunteers  -   Staff  -   Past Festivals

Printable (pdf) program guide

First Weekend

Whale photo, by Siegfried Matull


Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

Admission is $5.

Photo-lecture on Whales by international award-winning nature photographer Siegfried Matull.
Bo Django guitars

Dinner & Jazz

Friday, April 3, 5:30-6:00 and 8:00-8:30 p.m.
St. Orres Dining Room
, Gualala

European Gypsy Jazz performed by Paul Gruen and Ned Ripple as Bo Django guitars. Regular dining room menu will be available in both seatings with Jazz entertainment included $45; MC/VI accepted, reservations recommended.
Annapolis Winery

Wine & Jazz

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

Christie Winn & the Lowdowns perform their original, sophisticated, jazz-influenced harmony, tinged with old world, European passion. Christie Winn, lead vocals, keyboard & melodica; Steve Bissinger, guitar; Joe Kyle, acoustic bass; Jim Bove, drums. Wine sold by the glass with a gourmet cheese selection.
Gualala Arts Jazz Series logo Todd Sickafoose

Whale & Jazz Main Event

Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors

Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

$30 advance, $5 more day of concert

"A captivating improviser, imaginative composer, and master of collaboration."
- San Francisco Chronicle

Todd Sickafoose - acoustic bass, Eric Deutsch - piano, Ara Anderson - trumpet, pump organ & glockenspiel, Ryan Francesconi - guitars, banjo & tambura, Jeff Gauthier - violin, Scott Amendola - drums & percussion.

Fred Adler "This year I booked Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors after having frequently witnessed their absolutely magical and thrilling ensemble sound in the Bay Area. Believe me, this is truly some of the most original and riveting jazz that I have ever heard over the decades - bar none!"

- Fred Adler

Greg Hester

Brunch & Jazz

Sunday, April 5, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Redwood Grill
, Anchor Bay

Superb keyboard artist, Greg Hester, performing solid mainstream jazz, standards and bebop. Regular menu will be available; reservations recommended.
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

Jazz Film

Monday, April 6, 7:00 p.m.
Arena Theater
, Point Arena
Guest charge $8

"Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer", a 2007 documentary tribute to the jazz diva. O'Day was one of the greatest of American jazz singers and this is her astonishing story - a journey of survival and above all the endurance of her talent. This highly acclaimed film will be shown at the Arena Cinema Film Club.

Second Weekend

Bones Roadhouse

BBQ, Brews & Jazz

Thursday, April 9, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Bones Roadhouse

Mendocino Rhythm & Swing Club
Paul Mueller - tenor saxophone, Keith Abrams - acoustic bass guitar, Richard Cooper - keyboard, Chad Swimmer - drums/percussion
Susan Sutton

Sunset & Jazz

Friday, April 10, 5:30 and 8:00 p.m.
The Sea Ranch Lodge

Sublime melodic jazz interplay on standards performed by Susan Sutton on piano with Terry Simcik, guitar. There will be two seatings with a special dinner menu and à la carte selections; reservations recommended.
Tom Barnebey

Chowder & Jazz

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

Free admission for music only

2008 Chowder Challenge: George Marshall A free concert with traditional New Orleans jazz by Barnebey's Hot Four - back again by popular demand - accompanies the annual Chowder Challenge.   $20 includes Festival Logo wine or beer glass and 15 tickets for chowder tastings and/or beverages.
Mimi & Gabriel Pirard

Romance & Jazz

Saturday, April 11, 5:00 p.m.
Whale Watch Inn

Original Parisian chansons with a jazz flavor and classic Edith Piaf, performed by ½ Pint Dgiin - outstanding guitar and vocal duo, Mimi & Gabriel Pirard, with Ricky Aquino, percussion. Enjoy a gourmet buffet and wine at sunset overlooking the sea.
Mariko Kitakubo

Poetry & Jazz

Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

$20 advance, $5 more day of performance

Don McLeod Butoh theater, and haiku & other forms of Japanese poetry accompanied by traditional Japanese instruments. The feature of the evening will be a butoh theater piece composed and danced by Don McLeod, based on the haiku of Basho as translated by Jane Reichhold. Refreshments and a no-host beer/wine bar will be available.
Paul Mueller and Keith Abrams

Java & Jazz

Sunday, April 12, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Blue Canoe
, Anchor Bay

Creative local jazz duo, Keith Abrams, acoustic bass guitar and Paul Mueller, tenor sax, enjoyed over fine coffees and teas, mochas and milkshakes and Franny's famous pastries.

Third Weekend

Linda Tillery

Arena Theater Concert

Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Arena Theater
, Point Arena
Admission is $20 advance, $5 more at box office

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
This globally-acclaimed vocal/percussion ensemble authentically draws from the history of African/American Roots music. Field shouts, spirituals, blues, gospel, jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms are all performed with joyous and devoted integrity.

"...Spiritual power that flows from their deep roots in Black culture..."

- San Jose Mercury News

Cabin in the Sky

Jazz Film

Monday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.
Arena Theater
, Point Arena
Guest charge $8

"Cabin in the Sky" a rare all-black musical from 1943, featuring legendary performers Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra in a showcase musical number. Vincente Minnelli made his film directorial debut with this historically significant film shown at the Arena Cinema Film Club.

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.
Seventh Annual Whale & Jazz Festival program Program Guide
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2009 Whale and Jazz Festival Venue Map
Venue Map

Gray whale flipping its flukes
Whale Watching

Sketches Newsletter
Whale & Jazz issue

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2009 Festival Sponsor:
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Rams Head
Realty & Rentals

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

Whale & Jazz 2009

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Whale & Jazz, by Drew Fagan

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