Sierra 5 set for Sunday concert to benefit Bear Yuba Land Trust |

Sierra 5 set for Sunday concert to benefit Bear Yuba Land Trust

The Sierra 5 will perform Sunday at North Star House in Grass Valley, in the second of three jazz concerts to benefit the Bear Yuba Land Trust.
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On Sunday, the faculty backbone of the celebrated Sierra Jazz Society and Jazz Camp will come together in an appearance known as The Sierra 5 for an outdoor community concert benefiting Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Hosted at the North Star House, the concert is the second in a three concert summer jazz series designed to raise funding and awareness for BYLT’s ongoing land conservation projects and outdoor education programming.

Billed as a community party with ticket prices starting at just $20, The Sierra 5 concert is designed to be accessible to everyone.

“I think the county should know there is really good jazz right here,” said guitarist John Girton, known for his time as the lead guitarist of Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. For the past decade, Girton has played traditional old school jazz blues standards regularly with husband and wife team, bassist Bill Douglass and classically trained flutist Nora Nausbaum.

For the Land Trust event, Girton, Douglass and Nausbaum join fellow jazz camp faculty members, drummer Kit Bailey and trombonist Al Bent. Each musician in The Sierra 5 has five decades of musical history to their name.

“We try to listen to each other a lot. We try to make it sound like a whole,” said Girton. Besides writing, arranging and recording three albums with Dan Hicks, Girton was a guitarist, saxophonist, clarinetist, and occasional mandolinist with the popular vocalist, Maria Muldaur.

At Sunday’s concert, fans can expect to hear tunes like the jazz classic, “Take the A Train” by Duke Ellington or the well-known blues crossover tune,“Swingin’ Shepherd Blues” popularized by composer Moe Kauffman. Other songs on the play list include, “Manha de Carnival” a bossa style from the movie Black Orpheus and the swing-style tune, “On the Sunnyside of the Street.”

“Jazz is the greatest American music as far as I’m concerned,” said Girton

Bear Yuba Land Trust is a community supported nonprofit group that works with willing landowners to conserve land for community hiking and outdoor education, farming and ranching, forestry and healthy natural open spaces beneficial for native populations of plants and animals. To date, BYLT has conserved 9,000 acres and built 40 miles of trails.

For a picnic dinner on the lawn, concert goers can pre-order a Hawaiian-themed gourmet boxed dinner from Christopher’s Catering Company. During the concert, attendees can purchase wine, beer or a specialty cocktail at the Land Trust Bar (no outside alcohol please) or shop for local goods and services at a Silent Auction.

Gates for the event open at 5 p.m. with music beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 for members of the land trust, $25 for the general public and are available online, at BriarPatch Co-op and the Land Trust office, 12183 Auburn Road, Grass Valley.

For more concert and ticket information, call: 272-5994, email: or visit:

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