The Gardnervillains perform at a jazz festival on May 22.
The Carson Valley Arts Council and Main Street Gardnerville are teaming up with local jazz enthusiasts to sponsor the first “Jazz and Arts Festival” from 1-6pm on May 22.
This free event will feature local jazz artists like the Mile High Jazz Band, the Jazzettes, the Gardnervillans, the Douglas High School Jazz Band and the Sagebrush Swingers.
Event Producer, Shorty Garcia is a jazz and blues guitarist, bandleader, impresario and live event producer with years of experience in California.
“He was thrilled to be able to catalyze this celebration of jazz in his new hometown of Gardnerville,” organizers said. Supposedly retired, he currently plays in four different sets in the Carson Valley. »
Local artists will exhibit their work, and non-profit organizations will have information during the festival. Artist registrations closed on May 5. Bring your lawn chairs, snacks and sunscreen and enjoy an afternoon of music and art to kick off our summer.
“We are thrilled to partner with local jazz enthusiasts, Jen Nadler of Main Street Gardnerville and the City of Gardnerville to make the ‘Jazz and Arts Festival’ a reality in our community,” said Sharon Hoelscher Day. , member of the board of directors of the Conseil des arts.
Sagebrush Swingers will perform music from the band Dixieland throughout the day.
The Douglas High School Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Mark Porter, will kick off the afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the bandstand in Heritage Park.
Jazzettes is a trio composed of Cami Thompson on percussion, Erika Paul on piano and Julie Machado on bass.
The Gardnervillains are a small format jazz combo led by guitarist Shorty Garcia who formed with masters such as Mimi Fox, Steve Freund and Frank Vignola.
His jazz repertoire dates back to the 1920s and 1930s (Duke Ellington, Count Basie) but his particular interest is in the “soul jazz” era of the late 1950s and 1960s and includes the work of artists such as Horace Silver, Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrel.
Keyboardist Travis Palmer is originally from California and now lives in Carson City. He studied music at UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo Community College, and San Jose State University where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. Travis will join the UNR jazz program to pursue graduate studies in jazz piano. He plays and teaches piano and guitar locally.
Bassist Tim Goldsmith performs solo and in several regional bands, including Mo’s Motley Blues and Ken Davidson Trio. Drummer John Crosby is well known in Northern Nevada and appears regularly with The Boomcats and The Snakeboy Johnson Band at venues in Carson Valley and Reno/Sparks.
Mile High Jazz Band, a 17-piece big band led by David Bugli, will headline the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The Mile High Jazz Band Association is a non-profit corporation founded in 2001. It supports the Mile High Jazz Band – “big band”, associated combos, the Jazz and Beyond Music and Art Festival, and educational programs.
For more information, visit the Carson Valley Arts Council website at https://www.cvartscouncil.com.