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Familiar faces appear in jazz trio

Paul Klempau
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Rocklin’s Nancy Briggs’ jazz trio playing this Friday and Saturday will look somewhat familiar to Nevada County audiences.

Besides playing here periodically, Briggs’ trio this weekend will include bassist Paul Klempau, a much loved jazz bassist who recently moved from Banner Mountain to San Diego.

Klempau, whose last major gig here was Nov. 7’s Music in the Mountains’ concert by the Jim Martinez Trio Quintet, often played with Nevada County regulars such as John Girton and Ludi Hinrichs. Klempau also sat in with the Wynton Marsalis ensemble last fall at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall.

He has also performed with Briggs since the pianist-vocalist-composer moved to Rocklin three years ago from Los Angeles.

“Whenever I get the chance, I play with Paul,” Briggs said. “I told him I could get him a regular job here and then we could record a CD.”

Although Klempau didn’t take the offer, Briggs is recording that CD next month. Her first CD, “Dreamdance,” released three years ago is heard on radio stations across the country.

There’s another connection to Nevada County. Briggs studied with composer Terry Riley of Camptonville when he taught at Mills College in Oakland.

Briggs’ jazz is straight-ahead and blues-based,

which she says “covers a lot

of terrain.”

For this Friday and Saturday, Briggs invites area musicians to bring their instruments to jam with the trio, which also includes Karl Chelette, a Nevada City drummer.


WHAT: Nancy Briggs Jazz Trio and Jam

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

WHERE: KirbyOs Creekside Restaurant and Bar, 101 Broad St., Nevada City




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