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News and notes: Jazz for San Francisco Performances and Robert Mondavi

As noted in an earlier post, ’tis the season for major Northern California music presenting organizations to announce their upcoming seasons. (And let me remind you that SFJAZZ tickets go on sale April 23 while the date in question is May 2 for Monterey.)

San Francisco Performances is another important regional music presenter. Classical dominates its schedule but there is also a three-concert piano jazz series set for the SFJAZZ Center. Here’s the rundown.

November 8: Dan Tepfer
January 17: Marcus Roberts

February 7: Uri Caine

That Napa Valley fave, the Robert Mondavi Summer Music Festival, is returning for its 45th season. Tickets are now on sale and there is some jazz — smooth, swinging and otherwise — on the bill.

June 28: Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Independence Day fireworks celebration
July 5: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

July 18: Dave Koz and Friends

Kuumbwa Jazz will feature the work of Carol Bowie on May 2 as part of Santa Cruz’s First Friday Art Tour.

South County visual artist Carol Bowie presents “Miles to Mingus,” paintings expressed, inspired and fueled by listening to and living with jazz. Bowie describes her work as “guided by her desire to become a conduit for what wants to be expressed.” An Open Studio artist for more than two decades, Bowie’s work can also be found in private and corporate collections locally, nationally and abroad. DJ Vinnie will add to the revelry by spinning classic vinyl from the artists on display, plus hip music from Blue Note and Impulse Records from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The KJ café and beverage bar will be open, so join us for another funky and festive First Friday!

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