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News and notes: Django in Mill Valley, fund-raising blues in Redwood City

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Djangofest Mill Valley is set for June 6-8 at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre. The ninth annual North Bay celebration of the pioneering jazz guitarist will feature both live performances and artist workshops.

June 6, we have the internationally acclaimed Robin Nolan Trio, featuring the return of Kevin Nolan. Opening for them is Seattle's long running and ultra successful Gypsy jazz outfit, Pearl Django. June 7 we have the Hot Club d'Europe with Paulus Schäfer, Tim Kliphuis, Olli Soikkeli and Simon Planting bringing their talents together for the first of a series of concerts, an extraordinary display of virtuosity and musicianship. This is the “real deal,” Gypsy jazz played by four of the hottest players in Europe today. Opening for them is the incredible Trio Dinicu, one of fastest rising groups on the scene today. June 8 at the earlier 3p.m. hour, we will have our traditional All-star Djam, featuring all of the above and a few surprises as usual. Opening the evening will be Rhythm Future Quartet, led by DjangoFest regular,Jason Annick and Olli Soikkeli.

The Redwood City Police Activities League has set its PAL Blues, Music, Arts and BBQ Festival for July 26. The Courthouse Square event will feature live sets from Rick Estrin and the Nights with proceeds benefiting PAL youth programs.

If your summer travel plans potentially include a trip to the northern end of Lake Tahoe you have the opportunity to hear some good jazz.
The Brubeck Institute is scheduled to hold its annual Summer Jazz Colony August 2-9 at Sierra Nevada Junior College in Incline Village. The location is a first for the event, as is the fact it will showcase not just some of the best American teen talent but international players too,

The Summer Jazz Colony is a one-week, intensive educational program in jazz performance for a very limited number of exceptionally talented students. They come from throughout the United States and beyond to study with Brubeck Institute faculty, guest artists and master teachers, in combo rehearsals, master classes and private instruction, classes in jazz theory and advanced jazz improvisation, and seminars on the music of Dave Brubeck and other topics. Colonists have extensive opportunities to visit with the artists and clinicians, participate in numerous jam sessions, and perform in concert.

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