All jazzed up: Concert benefits jazz camp scholarship fund |

All jazzed up: Concert benefits jazz camp scholarship fund

Vocalist Beth Duncan will lend her talent to the Jazz Society's benefit concert.
Art by Charr Crail


WHAT: Sierra Jazz Society Benefit for Student Scholarship Fund

WHERE: Wild Eye Pub, 535 Mill Street, Grass Valley

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $8 advance,, $10-20 sliding scale at the door

The Sierra Jazz Society and Wild Eye Pub will be presenting a benefit concert for their 18th annual jazz camp scholarship fund on Saturday, in what promises to be a special evening of music featuring a dozen musicians from Nevada County and Northern California.

The John Girton Quartet featuring Randy McKean will open up the show, followed by a rare public performance of the Sierra Jazz Society faculty jazz band featuring Artistic Director Bill Douglass, Sacramento jazz vocalist Beth Duncan and many others.

Duncan is known not only as one of the top jazz female vocalists throughout the Sacramento region, but also as the former host of CapRadio’s popular “Insight” radio show for many years. Her latest album “Comes The Fall” has received strong reviews and won an Independent Music Award for best song, debuting on College Music Journal at No. 26 right below Diana Krall.

Duncan will be joined by a large number of notable artists including Bill Douglass, drummer Kit Bailey — one of the most in-demand local musicians who currently plays with several bands including the World Beatniks, Moonlight Swing Big Band, the Rat Pack, Bob Mora, Gay Galvin Trio, and Ivan Najera among others — local favorite Gary Regina, and a host of other professional players.

“The support for jazz camp and the scholarship fund has been surprising across the board, and it promises to be a fun community event,” said David Clouse, director of 2019 Sierra Jazz Camp.

“Having Beth Duncan perform locally, and in an intimate dinner concert setting is great all on its own, and then to have so many great players all assembled together in one evening is really special and is something we are all excited about. It’s not that often that you have a chance to hear Bill, Gary (Regina), or a host of others all play in a large jazz ensemble setting.

“And then John Girton is opening the show with his own backup band, which also doesn’t happen very often. There is a quote from Maria Muldar about when he was playing with her and Benny Carter was directing the band, and how Benny used John for all the solos over the great guitarist Kenny Burrell, and it’s easy to see why. For anyone who caught his sold-out show last year at The Center for the Arts Off-Center Stage, they know how good he is in concert.”

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