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Civic Arts Jazz Band Concerts
March 19, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$10
Walnut Creek Civic Arts Jazz Band Announces Spring Concert Dates
The East Bay’s premier community jazz band — the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Jazz Band — is bringing their swinging sounds to more jazz fans than ever before this spring, with three upcoming concerts of jazz favorites.
The Civic Arts Jazz Band is comprised of 20 local adults and student musicians who share a passion for jazz in all its varieties. Concerts always feature a wide variety of jazz styles, from vocal jazz to big band to pop/funk tunes. Jazz Band Director Max Pricco always puts together high-energy programs with fun, danceable arrangements.
“The variety is interesting, for both the band and the audience,” explains Pricco, when asked what sets his ensemble apart from other East Bay jazz bands. “The enthusiasm of the band is what I like.” Pricco speaks to the audience about each piece the band plays, so they gain an appreciation for the arrangement and style. “It’s a casual atmosphere, plus you don’t have to drive very far,” he adds.
Pricco lays out the wide range of music that concertgoers will experience at the spring concerts, which will each feature a slightly different program. Concerts will showcase music and arrangements by Tower of Power, Hammerstein, Sonny Rollins, Buddy Rich, Erroll Garner, Average White Band, John Coltrane, Freddy Hubbard, Chick Corea and Count Basie, among others.
The Civic Auditorium concert at Shadelands will also feature sax performances by two players for a Sonny Rollins piece called ‘Tenor Madness’ — Louis Polcin, a local high school student, and retired school principal Tom Carman.
Concert details are as follows:
Civic Arts Auditorium
Thursday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Shadelands Art Center, 111 N. Wiget Lane
$10 per person. Tickets available at the door, or purchase in advance by calling Shadelands at (925) 943-5846.
Walnut Creek Library
Thursday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.
1644 N. Broadway
Free. Upstairs in the second-floor Oak View Room, join the Jazz Band for an evening of jazz standards and contemporary jazz tunes. Tickets are available through the Library, and the event always sells out, so reserve your seat soon. To register visit: http://bit.ly/1DBfBvG.
- Sattui Winery
Sunday, April 19, 1:00 p.m.
1111 White Lane, St. Helena
Free. The Jazz Band travels to Napa for a winery concert at one of the wine country’s most beautiful settings: V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena. Concertgoers should arrive early for parking and the best seats. Food and drinks are available to purchase from the winery. Outside food and wine are not allowed on the property. www.vsattui.com.
The Civic Arts Jazz Band is available for select gigs and community outreach concerts. For information about booking the band, contact Linda Bailey Wurgley at [email protected].