Chowder & Jazz - Eighth Annual Redwood Coast Whale & Jazz Festival, Gualala Arts Center
A free concert with traditional New Orleans jazz by Barnebey's Hot Four & More! - 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.
The Festival's first Saturday fun begins with Gualala Arts' eighth annual Chowder Challenge. This event is geared to all ages as local restaurant and amateur chefs vie for the title of "Best Mendonoma Coast Chowder."
A panel of 'celebrity' judges will determine winners in both professional and amateur classes in the categories of Traditional (New England Clam Chowder) and an Open Class (for all manner of seafood and even vegetarian chowders). A "People's Choice" vote of the patrons decides the most popular entry and there is even a cash award for the "Most Tasted" chowder!
This year the Chowder Challenge "People's Choice" and "Most Tasted" contests end promptly at 1:30 p.m. and the winners in all classes will be announced as soon as the tokens and tickets are counted, just to give patrons a chance to sample the winner's chowders before they are all gone!
The mid-day event includes a jazz concert (free admission for music only), of traditional New Orleans jazz performed by Barnebey's Hot Four of Sonoma County. The Hot Four perform free to the public from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. during the tastings and is great for New Orleans traditional dancing! Fred Adler from KTDE, 100.5 FM is music coordinator of the event.
$20 admission includes a commemorative Whale & Jazz Festival Logo beer or wine glass, plus 15 tickets that can be used for the chowder tasting and beverages, including fine wines and microbrews as well as soft beverages. Hot bread fresh out of the oven is included in the tastings. Additional tickets are available for $1 each.
Barnebey's Hot Four
This formidable combo consists of Tom Barnebey, cornet and trombone; Carl Lunsford, banjo and guitar (formerly with Turk Murphy's famous S.F. band); Jim Cumming, bass violin, and Robert Young on reeds and cornet. Barnebey had appeared for many years in Gualala with his former Jazz Salvation Co. band, sponsored by Gualala Lions Club.
Tom Barnebey: Cornet & Trombone
Tom has been in trad jazz since the 1960s, when he began playing banjo and piano in pizza parlors around the Los Angeles area, and cornet with the then newly formed Jelly Roll Jazz Band. After moving to Sonoma County, he led the well regarded Jazz Salvation Company for 20 years. A highlight on the JSC's schedule in last nine of those years was the annual Dixieland by the Sea concert in Gualala. Tom is the currently the cornetist with the Zenith Jazz Band, leads a Roaring Twenties style quintet called "Beyond Salvation Jazz Band," and fills in on various instruments with other trad bands in the Bay Area.
Carl Lunsford: Banjo & Guitar
A traditional jazz veteran, Carl played with the world renowned Turk Murphy Jazz Band in San Francisco, as well as the Ohio Dixieland Rhythm Kings, the Red Onion Jazz Band in New York, and the Golden State Jazz Band. He led the Rhythm Wizards and a number of other combos, and teamed up with pianist Pete Clute to form a high-powered trad jazz/ragtime duo.
Marty Eggers: Bass
Marty is well known on the West Coast as a top-notch ragtime pianist and bassist. Marty's music career began in Sacramento where as a teenager he helped found the Sacramento Ragtime Society in 1982. He has played with numerous San Francisco Bay Area jazz and ragtime groups, most notably John Gill's San Francisco JazzBand and the Black Diamond Jazz Band. His talent and versatility have led him into several varied and prestigious engagements, from recording with traditional jazz legend Bob Helm to touring Germany with Hal Smith's Rhythm Cats to playing in backup bands for both Leon Redbone and Butch Thompson. Marty is also a skilled composer and arranger of ragtime and traditional jazz. Terry Waldo describes Marty as having "..an encyclopedic knowledge of the ragtime and early jazz repertoire ..."
Robert Young: Reeds & Cornet
Prior to his move to Northern California, Robert was bass saxophonist in the legendary Golden Eagle Jazz Band in and worked with various other jazz bands in Southern California. Robert is a multi instrumentalist and a full time musician. His "day job" is piano accompanist for schools, choral groups and theatrical performances. He plays cornet and reeds with the Black Diamond Blue Five and his own group, the El Dorado Syncopators. In the recent past, he has worked with the Zenith Jazz Band, Fourth Street Five, and the San Francisco Starlight Orchestra.
Gualala Arts Center
46501 Gualala Road
Gualala, CA 95445
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