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Whale and Jazz Festival MAIN EVENT - presented by Gualala Arts
Gualala Arts Center
Gualala, CA
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Whale and Jazz Festival MAIN EVENT - presented by Gualala Arts
2016 Sonoma-Mendocino Coast Whale and Jazz Festival
Yancie Taylor (vibist) Quintet featuring James Bailey (multi-reedist) plus the Gypsy Trio (Ian Scherer, guitar; Joel Kruzic, guitar; Michael Price, bass)

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7pm

Coleman Auditorium

$28 advance, $5 more day of, youth 7-17 free

The 2016 Main Events unusual double bill will be a night of spontaneous musical splendor and stylistic variety, crossing generations. Festival Musical Coordinator, Fred Adler, will emcee the concert, which will open with The Gypsy Trio and conclude with the Yancie Taylor Quintet.

Vibraphonist Yancie Taylors Quintet with James Bailey on saxophone and flute, plus three other superb Bay Area musicians, will be featured during the event. Glen Pearson, piano; Pierre Archain, upright bass; and Ran Zell Merritt Sr., drums will round out the group. Pianist Pearson served as the musical and band director of the world renowned Boys Choir of Harlem for 11 years!

Vibist Yancie Taylor (aka the jazz doctor) knows that joyous, swinging jazz can help to heal whatever might ail you. He was captivated by the sweet tones of the vibraphone during the Latin craze of the 1960s, attributing his deepest influence to vibe masters Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader and Bobby Hutcherson.

Taylor leads popular and heartfelt weekly Sunday sessions at Geoffreys Club in Oakland, showcasing outstanding Bay Area musicians, vocalists and inspired, talented youth. He has previously taken his infectious and melodic stylings on tour to Tokyo, France, Holland, and Germany, playing for enthusiastic audiences.

Taylors ballad interpretations are especially touching and exquisitely tender and his straight ahead down home up-tempo numbers are definitely one of the ways that jazz can act as a true healer.

The Gypsy Trio of Ian Scherer and Joel Kruzic, guitars, plus Michael Price, upright bass, perform the first set of this concerts unique double bill. The increasing revered style of classic European Gypsy Jazz was originated by the legendary Belgian Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt and French violinist Stephane Grappelli who created and led The Hot Club of France Quintet during the decades of the thirties and forties.

Scherer, Kruzic and Price perform regularly throughout Northern California. They are all accomplished masters of their instruments and of the beloved and atmospheric sound of Django Gypsy Jazz.

The 2016 Festival Youth Discovery, seventeen year-old Berkeley High Ensemble guitarist, Brain Hingerty, will join the group during the evening performance, demonstrating why he was chosen as this years honored youth.

Tickets are $28 Advance, $5 more day of performance; youth 7  17 admitted free. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.


Gualala Arts Center (View)
46501 Old State Highway
Gualala, CA 95445
United States


Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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