Celebrate student jazz, professionals at ‘Jazz at the Hill’ on Saturday | TheUnion.com

Celebrate student jazz, professionals at ‘Jazz at the Hill’ on Saturday

What was once Jazz at the Mine is now Jazz at the Hill. Even with the name change, the music is first class.

Headlining is the Lorraine Gervais Jazz Band. The band plays tunes from all genres of music and turns them into unique jazz renditions. Its repertoire includes everything from Jimi Hendrix, to Joni Mitchell, to traditional Celtic, to originals, to more traditional standards. Their specialty is taking songs that are commonly played in one genre, such as rock, pop or folk, and changing the colors of the chords and tempo so that they become beautifully unexpected tunes in the jazz genre. The result is that both the performers and the audience experience something new and different each time.

Also performing is Cool Heat, a popular, local five-member ensemble, that will be playing its own brand of smooth jazz. Over time, lead guitarist and vocalist Michael Gregory has written more than 100 original tunes, so you may hear some of those. Students bands include Nevada Union jazz musicians, many of whom are alumni of Union Hill School, along with Magnolia’s Rattler Jazz Band, the Lyman Gilmore Jazz Messengers and Union Hill’s own Bearcat Band.

Jazz at the Hill is a benefit for music students at Union Hill School, where the event will be held. Food, drinks and desserts will be sold and a silent auction held. Buy your tickets in advance for a $2 discount.

What: 7th annual Jazz at the Hill

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Union Hill School, 11638 Colfax Hwy., Grass Valley

Admission: Adults $10 in advance/$12 at the door, kids $3; 5 and under free; purchase tickets in Grass Valley at the Record Connection and The Book Seller.

Information: Nicole, 272-1823; NicoleENuyken@aol.com

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