Shirl Mendonca: Hot line-up for Jazz at the Cedar |

Shirl Mendonca: Hot line-up for Jazz at the Cedar

Jazz at the Cedar has been around Lake Wildwood for 19 years and is named for the LWW Clubhouse Cedar Room, where the live events are held.

The new 2010-11 season for Jazz at the Cedar starts on Oct. 7 and runs through May 19. Tickets go on sale Sept. 13 in the LWW Association office.

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Ron Fuchs, Mary Ann Brandt, Wayne Pittenger, Sherry Leasure, Carolynn Loeppke, Mike Blue, Ed Robinson and Don Streseman, the all-star line-up is sure to be a sell-out.

Volunteers who plan these concerts are a part of the Community Relations Committee. Each season, the volunteers obtain CDs for groups they want to consider for the following season. By listening to the CDs and selecting groups in advance, they have enough lead time to get quality entertainment (a group is already booked for October 2011) for the LWW community.

The Ann Pedersen Quintet will be first in the line-up on the evening of Oct. 7. Pedersen has a mellow voice with Ella Fitzgerald undertones and has performed at Lincoln Center in New York and the Monterey and Sacramento jazz festivals. An accomplished jazz vocalist in her early 20s, she has earned many accolades and will perform a wide range of jazz standards.

Kurt Abell and His Rhythm Knickers (Tom Schmidt and Evan Dain) will be here Jan. 27 playing a variety of instruments in their own eclectic but musical way. They will play novelty tunes, classic standards and an occasional ballad.

With more than 100 years of stage experience between them, their credits include television, motion pictures, jazz festivals worldwide and Las Vegas shows

On March 16, the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the Cedar Room will be transformed into an Irish pub to welcome the Nine-8ths Irish and A Wee Bit More, a traditional Irish quintet featuring vocalist Brady McKay.

Based in Sacramento, this group is well known at Irish festivals across the nation. The clubhouse will be serving a traditional Irish buffet, so come early and make it a truly memorable evening.

The season wraps up with foot-stompin’ Dixieland on May 19 when the Devil Mountain Jazz Band comes to LWW. This eight-piece band led by Ken Keeler recreates New Orleans jazz popularized by Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory and Jelly Roll Morton, plus gospel tunes and ragtime. This just might be the perfect time to expose your teens to a lively evening of Dixieland jazz!

Advance ticket sales for the Thursday evening performances will be announced in the community newsletter about one month before each performance. Proceeds from the concerts are given to the Community Relations Committee to give back to the community in the form of education programs, help for local schools and our own LWW Labor Day Concert.

Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood or Penn Valley? Contact Shirl Mendonca at

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