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Listen2Jazz! pulls in fans

At least 250 music fans attended Saturday’s global fusion concert in the Listen2Jazz! series at the Center for the Arts.

The concert’s featured quartet was Bill Douglass, Paul McCandless, Sheldon Brown and Ian Dogole. The musicians held improvisation workshops the next day for 10 elementary school students and then for 10 adults and teen-agers.

Saturday’s show and Sunday’s workshop were presented by Douglass, who paid all costs out of his pocket, including musicians’ and staff fees and promotion costs.

“I’ve been playing this music for about 40 years,” Douglass said. “I felt that with my experience working with so many Bay Area musicians, I could promote this genre up here in Nevada County, where I grew up.”

Douglass didn’t mind that his expenses exceeded the concert’s income.

“It was in every way a success in that we filled the center. People didn’t want to leave the concert,” he said.

The next concert in the series will feature Que Calor, a Bay Area Latin jazz band, on March 8. Percussion workshops will follow on March 9.

Douglass will offer concerts every other month featuring Bay Area and Nevada County musicians.

Call Douglass at 273-5489 for more information on the series.

KVMR saddened by death of Phil Givant

Nevada City’s KVMR-FM broadcasters were saddened this week to hear that Phil Givant died Saturday from heart disease complications.

Givant, 66, hosted Tuesday afternoon’s “The Blues With Phil” on KVMR from 1985 until this fall, when he was unable to continue making the trip from his Carmichael home.

The former mathematics professor at American River College received the National Blues Foundation’s W.C. Handy Award in 1987 for his work with the Sacramento Blues Festival.

Givant founded the Sacramento Blues Festival in 1976 and ran it until 1993. Performers included Muddy Waters, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker.

“Phil was an inspirational figure to all who love the blues,” said KVMR program director Steve Baker.

“He was a walking textbook on the history of African-American music and its rightful place in our politics and culture,” he said.

A memorial service will be 10 a.m. today at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights. KVMR will present a celebration of Givant’s life on a date to be announced soon. Call KVMR at 265-9073 for information.

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