Jazz on the Plazz


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Here we will provide you with articles and announcements ongoing about the Jazz on the Plazz Concert Series and events!

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Herb Alpert is coming to the South Bay
Legendary trumpeter and composer Herb Alpert, who’s won nine Grammy Awards over the course of his 50-plus-year career, is set to perform in Los Gatos at a benefit concert for Los Gatos Music & Arts, the nonprofit that produces the free Jazz on the Plazz summer concert series. Music & Arts also funds art programs, and jazz camps and workshops for youth.

Offering opportunities for young musicians is a cause that’s dear to Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, who will perform together at the July 25 Jazz on the Plazz Gala fundraiser.

Alpert’s foundation has endowed the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. Last year, the foundation also donated just over $10 million to the Los Angeles City College music department to pay music students’ tuition.
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Los Gatos’ cool-cat music series, Jazz on the Plazz, has announced its summer lineup, which will pay tribute to one of the most amazing women of song, Billie Holliday. “The Summer of Lady Day” will include quite a few women who have followed in her footsteps to create their own jazz sound, including cabaret singer Paula West, Canadian sensation Tia Brazda and the always wonderful vocalist Tiffany Austin.
The series kicks off at the Los Gatos Town Plaza on June 21 with Antonia Bennett and Nestor Torres, and other performers include Nicolas Beade and Full Spectrum Jazz, keyboardist Matthew Kaminski, Tony Lindsay, Natalie Douglas and Tom Wopat – yes, the one from “The Dukes of Hazard.”
But the other great treat comes July 25, when the legendary Herb Alpert and Lani Hall are set to perform at the Los Gatos Music and Arts Jazz Gala. That’s a fantastic “get” for the fundraising gala, and from what I’ve heard, it’s due in part to the continued sponsorship of Linda L. Lester, who is presenting the gala and co-presenting the entire series with El Camino Hospital. “We consider Linda L. Lester nothing short of a jazz angel and couldn’t be happier that she and so many sponsors are returning this year,” says Michael Jacobi, the executive producer of the series.
Tickets for both the Jazz Gala and premium seating are available at jazzontheplazz.com as well as the full line up of the Wednesday concert series — which is free for general admission.
Sal Pizzaro – Mercury News 03.12.17


Duchess jazz trio blends great voices
Never underestimate the creative power of a short attention span.
New York jazz vocalist Amy Cervini can focus just fine when necessary. But as a performer, she admits to feeling “very restless,” adding, “I need to do different things all the time. I like to put myself in different musical situations and see what happens.”
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Pizarro: Mary Wilson shows why she’s still a supreme talent
Today’s lip-syncing pop stars don’t have a thing on Mary Wilson.
Wilson, one of the founding members of the Supremes, opened her set at the Los Gatos Music & Arts Jazz Gala on Tuesday by sauntering through the crowd singing “Baby Love,” one of her hits with the 1960s group.
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Photos: Los Gatos Jazz Gala!
Annual fundraiser for nonprofit Los Gatos Music & Arts organization featured live Mary Wilson concert, a founding member of The Supremes.
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Week Ahead: Los Gatos Jazz on the Plazz, Senior Picnic
Don’t miss Kenny Washington Wednesday evening at Town Plaza Park.
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Photos: Nicole Henry Jazzes Up The Plazz!
Jazz singer Nicole Henry wowed the masses Wednesday evening during the Los Gatos Music & Arts Jazz on the Plazz concert held at Town Plaza Park, corner of West Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue.
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Los Gatos: Jazz on the Plazz benefit offers ‘Supreme’ fun
A founding member of the Supremes, Mary Wilson, is the 2013 Jazz Legend who will be honored at a July 23 Jazz on the Plazz Gala, a fundraiser for Los Gatos Music & Arts. LGMA produces the Jazz on the Plazz and Music in the Park summer concert series.
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A Few Thoughts on Nicole Henry
There are jazz singers who are entertaining. Good voices, okay stage presence and deliver performances that are memorable. And then there are entertaining jazz singers, folks that not only know their way around a lyric and a stage but know how to reach an audience, artists that open their hearts and leave us with the unforgettable.
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A Few Thoughts on The Opening of Jazz on the Plazz
So, I’m walking past the Garden Stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival last year when a sound and a voice, literally, stopped me in my tracks.
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A Very Hip 11-Year-Old
On a cool June evening in 2003 a concert was held on the Town Plaza in Los Gatos that would, literally, be the start of something big, something very big. The event was “Jazz on the Plazz” and it featured one of America’s most popular singer-songwriters, Kenny Rankin, who treated the small but enthusiastic crowd to a remarkable performance.
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Jazz to fill the Plazz for yet another summer
It’s “summertime and the livin’ is easy.” That lyric from Porgy and Bess was made famous by George Gershwin, the legendary composer and pianist whose music is the theme for the 2013 Jazz on the Plazz Concert Series.
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Sassy, savvy jazz/blues singer Catherine Russell a walking history book
Singer Catherine Russell has a certain feeling for classic jazz and blues tunes: Sassy and suave, she knows the territory. Russell is the daughter of pianist Luis Russell, who was Louis Armstrong’s music director, and bassist/singer Carline Ray, who played with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm during World War II.
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Los Gatos Jazz on the Plazz Announces Concert Series Lineup
Cold mornings and cloudy skies can only mean one thing: Los Gatos Music & Arts Jazz on the Plazz is just around the corner.
Alright, let’s say, just up the street.
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