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Magnolia Rattler Jazz Band to host fundraiser

The Magnolia Intermediate School Rattler Jazz Band will present the 13th annual Tasty Jazz Concert at 7 p.m. April 23.
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The Magnolia Intermediate School Rattler Jazz Band will present the 13th annual Tasty Jazz Concert at 7 p.m. April 23 in the Main Gym at Magnolia Intermediate School, 22431 Kingston Lane, in South County.

The Rattler Jazz Band is an audition-only performance group made up of 19 dedicated sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

The students gather before classes three times weekly to prepare for various performances and competitions. They are under the direction of Phil Richardson. The evening of music will highlight several famous and familiar jazz charts along with new tunes for 2014-15.



Guest artist during the evening’s performance will be Analog Jazz under the direction of Ralph Burrnett. Formed in 2008 as a collective and creative endeavor, they deliver a combination of the classic standards, a little spice of blues and contemporary smooth sounds. Their list of popular songs have been molded and shaped by the group’s appreciation of original arrangements, along with their own unique style.

Burrnett is a keyboardist, producer/arranger and songwriter that has been involved in the jazz scene for more than 20 years.




His professional career began in the ’80s when he served as products manager for Jazz at MCA Records. He has also managed associated labels: GRP, Impulse!, Narada and JVC Jazz, among others.

Burrnett is also a longtime music journalist who has interviewed some of jazz music’s most popular musicians for magazines such as Jazziz, Keyboard, The Jazz Review and Play. He has also contributed to the All Music Guide and the Music Hound Jazz Record Guide.

He is enjoying his new focus stretching out as a “live” player, according to his bio.

Dave Eaton on guitars, began playing in the mid-’60s and quickly jumped into the Southern California folk scene. Several groups and a couple of recordings later he was doing frequent solo gigs in places like the Salt Company in Hollywood.

His passion for a variety of musical styles has often blended one into another: from folk to folk-rock to rock, to country, jazz, blues and swing.

Leonard Carillo, on bass guitar, started playing at the young age of 12, performing in the local scene at such events as weddings and grand openings.

Carillo progressed to touring the U.S. and Europe with a number of recording artists supporting their recordings.

His passion is to explore a variety of styles of music. Carillo has performed rock, country, jazz and loves the challenges that the styles bring. His influences range from Paul McCartney, Brian Bromberg to John Clayton.

Marcus Rivers, on sax, brings more than 50 years of performing with the “who’s who” in the music scene. Known in many circles as “Mr. Sacramento”, Rivers has been a rare influence in the Sacramento area music scene as well as master at “the improv” with the ability to meld and blend in with any musical situation.

The April 23 event will also feature dessert and beverages.

Tickets are available through the Rattler Jazz Band students, Magnolia Intermediate School and at the door. Entry is $12 for individuals and $75 for a reserved table of eight.

Call Magnolia School at 530-268-2815 for additional details.


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