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Whale and Jazz Festival logo Tenth Annual
Whale & Jazz Festival

Main Event

Jamie Davis & Quintet

Gualala Arts Center
Saturday, April 20, 2013
7:30 p.m.

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Jamie Davis The Main Event of the 2013 10th Annual Whale & Jazz Festival will be presented on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gualala Arts Center Coleman Auditorium.

The Main Event features vocalist Jamie Davis (formerly with the Count Basie Band) and a quintet of veteran jazz musicians. Davis will share the stage with Roger Glenn, vibes & reeds; Glenn Pearson, piano; Kyle Gregory, trumpet; John Shifflett, bass; and Larry Vann, drums.

"Sophisticated and suave song stylist Jamie Davis will remind you of legends Joe Williams and Lou Rawls. His beautifully memorable baritone voice is one of the best anywhere," says Fred Adler, KTDE FM Radio personality and Whale & Jazz Festival Music Coordinator. "He is joined by an exceptional quintet of seasoned jazz musicians. As authentic, classic, swinging and with feeling as they come - the genuine article."

And introducing Matt Richards, the sensational 15-year-old alto sax player from Walnut Creek and one of two Junior High/Middle School Jazz Soloist Award winners in the June 2012 Downbeat Magazine's 35th Annual Student Music Awards. "Young Matt Richards plays sax with an 'old soul' and raised goose bumps in concert on this listener," says Fred Adler. "Not to be missed!"

Tickets are $28 in advance, $5 more on the day of the performance. For advance purchase, go to Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 800-838-3006. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.


World-class jazz on Gualala Arts stage

By J. Stephen McLaughlin
Independent Coast Observer
April 26, 2013

Fred Adler did it again -- he assembled a stage full of world-class jazz musicians for the Main Event of the Whale and Jazz Festival Saturday night. Adler, a KTDE radio host and lifelong jazz aficionado, is the festival's Music Director.

Fronted by vocalist Jamie Davis, the band included five veteran instrumentalists, and introduced Matt Richards, a 15-year-old tenor sax player whose solo and ensemble work belied his years. Davis praised him as being "an old soul."

Adler, who had heard the young phenomenon in Walnut Creek, told the ICO he had suggested to Davis that he include him in the Gualala gig. We're glad he did.

Davis is a versatile singer with a warm baritone and personable style. He was generous with solos for all the players, which were enthusiastically received by the sell-out audience.

Roger Glenn, a nimble performer on vibes, was also featured on a rich tenor sax and flute. His on-stage persona was a good foil for Davis.

With Glenn Pearson on piano, Kyle Gregory on trumpet and flugelhorn, John Shifflet, bass and Larry Vann, drums, the combo presented a full and varied evening of classic jazz.

For ten years, during the Whale and Jazz Festival, the Gualala Arts Center continues to be right up there with Yoshi's and Birdland as a fine jazz venue.

© 2013 Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA
Reproduced with permission
Independent Coast Observer

2013 Whale & Jazz Festival Main Event poster
  by Hall Kelley
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