What a good idea! What a good time.
This past Thursday ushered in the first of the season long of "After Work Concerts" sponsored by KJZY Radio. These are a series of jazz concerts given monthly throughout the season. From 5 to 8 pm on Thursday evenings, they are perfect for a bit of after work fun and relaxation.
They are usually held at a Sonoma County winery and feature, good local jazz groups, food from our excellent gourmet food carts, the wines of the hosting winery and door prizes, usually CD's and concert tickets.
This week’s food trucks served excellent fish and chips and the smells coming out of the felafel truck were extremely seductive. The band was "EZ Kewl," with Ed Delaney on sax and flute, Athan (The Professor) Pasadis , tickling the keys, John (The Rock) Lonacker , coaxing sweet notes from the Bass, Terry Dilbeck on Drums and Mike Zalkaske, Guitar and vocals. The professor is not to be sniffed at when it comes to vocals either.
The hosting winery was Sonoma Cutrer. Sonoma Cutrer is a world class winery specializing in fine Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Watch for the release of their 2012 vintage. They also maintain what is considered to be the world’s finest croquet court.
Rob Singleton of the Morning Drive on KJZY, did his usual splendid job as MC.
I always look forward to the first of these concerts each year because it means that winter will soon be behind us and we a long luxurious season of pleasure awaits us. Sonoma County should be thankful that KJZY not only provides us with smooth jazz throughout the year, but has also, under the stewardship of Rob Singleton, pulled the community together to offer these monthly “After Work Evenings.” Hey, how can you miss, cool jazz, good food, excellent wine, dancing, camaraderie and the sun setting over the rolling Sonoma County vineyards? You can find out about upcoming "After Work Evenings" by visiting KJZY's website.
If you plan to be traveling in or to Sonoma County this Spring, Summer of Autumn, you couldn't go wrong by attending one of these "After Work Evenings."