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Hear live, see film jazz

An All-American Jazzfest, sponsored by the Nevada County Arts Council in conjunction with Bill Douglass’ “Listen2Jazz” concert and workshop series, will be from May 23-26.

“Jazz on Film” will feature screen clips and commentary on American Jazz legends including Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington on May 23 and May 24 at Magic Theatre in Nevada City. Admission is $5 for both 7 p.m. performances.

A May 25 concert will feature the Nevada Union Jazz Band, Douglass and Curt Moore from the Jazzschool at Berkeley, Ron Stallings and Al Bent at Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Admission for the 7 p.m. performance is $18 advance, $20 at door and $5 for students. Advance tickets are at the Nevada County Arts Council office, Foggy Mountain Music and BriarPatch.



A jazz improvisation workshop led by Listen2Jazz musicians and guitarist John Girton will start at noon May 26 at Center For the Arts. Admission is $5 or free with a ticket from the May 25 concert.

The jazz celebration on May 26 continues at the 20th annual Sierra Festival of the Arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Grass Valley. Live entertainment includes the Nevada County Jazz Ensemble and Ludi Hinrichs.




Authors Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams will make two appearances at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center: a May 24 presentation at 7:30 p.m. and a May 25 informal discussion at 9:30 a.m.

The May 24 event is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers; the May 25 event is free. The Schoolhouse is at 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road on the San Juan Ridge.

Call 265-2826 for details.

Organizer Ivan Najera will be joined by Jamie Bellizzi, Martin Holland, Mark Yedinak, Mikail Graham, Mike McMullen, Mombo Hernandez, Rex Richardson, Tony Unger and Cedar Matiola at the Guitar Extravaganza VI on May 25.

Guitarists performing that night will be Najera, Bellizzi, Graham, Richardson, Unger and Matiola. Holland plays bass, Yedinak plays drums, Hernandez plays percussion, and McMullen is on flute and saxophone.

All musicians will jam together at the end.

The Celtic-oriented Emerald Mist and Sierra Dance Institute will also perform.

Guitar Extravaganza VI will be at 7:30 p.m. at Don Baggett Theatre in Grass Valley. The $15 tickets are at Harmony Books, Record Connection, Odyssey Books, BriarPatch and at the door.

Call 432-0178 for more information.

Eight Christian acts will perform at the 11th annual Praise in the Mountains May 25 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

The free family event runs from 1 to 9 p.m.

Special guest is Manuel Escorcio, a South African vocal soloist who takes the stage at 8 p.m. Other performers covering praise and worship from gospel to rock include The Burning Ones, Eight Mile Road, the John Voelz Band, Children of the Rock, Machaira, Ed LaRose, Hand To Heaven and Olde Tyme Religious Singers.

Call Dennis Hulbert at (916) 660-0785 with questions.

– Carol Feineman


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