Martinis & Mistletoe, a vintage-style evening, Saturday at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City |

Martinis & Mistletoe, a vintage-style evening, Saturday at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City

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WHAT: Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Martinis & Mistletoe

WHEN: Saturday, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

TICKETS: $25/GA, $40/Reserved Cabaret Seating, Tickets available online and in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, 530-265-5040, or in person at BriarPatch Co-Op


Swing into the holidays as the Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Martinis & Mistletoe, an intimate, vintage-style evening featuring cabaret jazz and holiday pops performed by the Swingtime Jazz Combo with Tamara Fouyer.

Concert-goers can revel in the festive holiday décor of the historic Miners Foundry’s Stone Hall, enjoy traditional holiday cocktails and a set list that includes favorite jazz standards and ballads, 40s-era swing music, along with holiday classics.

“I love the idea of a cabaret style show in the Stone Hall,” says Fouyer. “From the antique chandeliers to the hand-hewn timber beams and granite walls, that room already has so much ambience and magic to it – you just can’t recreate that anywhere else.”

A longtime Nevada County resident, Fouyer studied classical voice and piano under Laura June Breen, who inspired her love of classical opera, Broadway, jazz and American Standards. In college, she lived and studied in Spain and continues to incorporate songs of the Romance languages in her performances.

With haunting clarity of tone in her voice and an emotional connection to the lyrics, Fouyer’s voice is a throwback to the great singers of the 30s and 40s. It’s an era that Fouyer says not only suits her voice best, but one she’s loved since she was a little girl.

Jazz pianist Joe Hammel was the one who introduced Fouyer to his Big Band the Swingtime Jazz Combo, and together they performed for several years until Hammel’s passing in 2018.

“We are following after Joe’s vision for this show,” says Fouyer. “He was passionate about this era of music, and wanted to share that with other music lovers and audiences. He would be thrilled to know we are keeping this tradition alive.”

Joining her in the Swingtime Jazz Combo is Robert Burbridge on bass, Steve Woolsey on drums, Ralph Remick on trumpet, Mark Potampa on saxophone and Alan Feeney on Jazz piano.

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