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March 2017

7:30 pm – John Jorgenson Quintet

Saturday, March 4 @ 7:30 PM

The John Jorgenson Quintet creates a unique musical experience that equally enthralls the most discerning and the casual music fan. The ensemble was originally formed in 2004 for the release of “Franco-American Swing”. The group’s style has been called “Gypsy Jazz” after the dynamic string-driven swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris, but Jorgenson’s compositions draw in elements from Latin, Romanian, Classical, Rock and Greek music, so “21st Century World Music” is perhaps a more apt…

7:00 pm – Ronnie Foster Trio

Monday, March 6 @ 7:00 PM

Hammond B-3 organist Ronnie Foster bridged the gap between ’60s soul jazz and the ’70s fusion movement. His singular sound on the B-3 set him apart from fellow keyboardists of the era and signaled the rise of a new generation on the instrument. Foster continued to be a presence through the ’70s as a sideman for Grant Green, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, and many other well-known jazz musicians. In the ’80s and ’90s, he gravitated towards producing and played a…

7:00 pm – Claudia Villela Group Live Recording with Vitor Goncalves, Jeff Buenz, Gary Brown, Celso Alberti

Thursday, March 9 @ 7:00 PM

Claudia Villela can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing or otherwise involved in music. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, she absorbed the sounds of Brazil: samba, bossa nova, partido alto, baião, choro, the influences of Brazilian classical composers and American jazz. Her impressive vocal range and improvisational abilities have earned her a dedicated following in the Bay Area and beyond. The Claudia Villela Group is a excellent cast of Bay Area aces including Vitor Goncalves – piano and…

8:00 pm – Painted Mandolin

Friday, March 10 @ 8:00 PM

Painted Mandolin, a Jerry Garcia traditional bluegrass tribute band will be playing old Garcia favorites, songs of the Grateful Dead and traditional songs with Joe Craven, who used to play with Garcia. Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen will be opening with their unique blend of beautiful harmonies and infectious audience repertoire. This will be a benefit for Cedar Johnson, wife of Rich “Sundance” Owens, as we celebrate Rich’s life with him passing on into the spirit world recently. Come out…

7:30 pm – Boomer Humor with Will Durst, Dan St. Paul and Richard Stockton: Make America Irate Again!

Saturday, March 11 @ 7:30 PM

The Boomer Humor Trio comes to town at a perilous time for our sanity and it’s time to laugh and laugh hard. $20 Advance/$25 Door Tickets go on sale February 1st at www.PlanetCruzComedy.com and paper tickets will be sold at Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz Doors: 7:00 pm Info: 323-854-8543 www.planetcruzcomedy.com

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