|Larry Holloway and Jeff Olson|
For any of my Jazz followers who have not discovered the wonderful Jazz Series: "Jazz for Jazz Lovers" at Pete Carlson's Golf & Tennis in Palm Desert, I think you are missing a chance of a life time to see and hear some of the best Jazz in the country. The series is possible because of the generous financial support of Pete and Edna Carlson who have put together over 40 concerts this winter season bringing wonderful performers to our area. All the non-profit concerts' proceeds go to support music education and scholarships for young musicians in the Coachella Valley.
This series of Jazz concerts has been going on since 2010 and this year represents the largest number of concerts they have ever hosted. Some may wonder how a Jazz performance can be put on inside a Golf and Tennis store, but I can assure you that the venue is perfect. Everyone gets to see and hear great Jazz close-up and even better, talk with the performers one on one after the concerts.
This year's concerts started on October 30 with the outstanding pianist Tamir Hendelman and his quartet that featured Polly Gibbons on Vocals. The last concert will be on April 2, 2016 with a Shelly Manne Tribute with Gary Foster. You can call for tickets in advance since they go quickly, 760-568-3263. Pete Carlson's Golf and Tennis is located at 73-741 Highway 111, in Palm Desert. All Jazz fans in the Valley owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to Pete and Edna Carlson for their tireless effort to bring all this world-class Jazz to us. I salute both of them and encourage you to do the same the next time you are in their wonderful golf and tennis store.
Recently I attended two events that featured two of the best Vocalists performing today, John Prouix Trio consisting of Vally favorites, Larry Holloway on Bass and Jeff Olson on Drums. John sings and plays great Jazz piano. His vocal seems like a mixture of Chet Baker and James Taylor; not a bad combination, right ? John also performed some great songs he has written that have been covered by a lot of singers performing today.
I found a "YouTube" of John Prouix singing "The Best Thing For You", the title song from his new CD. I know you will love what you hear!
|Jon Mayer, Chris Connor and Jackie Ryan|
The second outstanding Vocalist I heard at Pete Carlson's Golf and Tennis was Jackie Ryan and her trio consisting of Jon Mayer on Piano, Chris Connor on Bass and Ron McCurdy on Drums. I can't even begin to describe how great Jackie Ryan is, but I will say that she reminds me of several of my very favorite Jazz Vocalists. Her stage presence is polished and professional and her selection of songs is straight out of my list of all-time favorite standards. What a delight to listen to her sing no more that 10 feet away. Jackie has several great CDs out and I highly recommend that you pick up a few. Jackie Ryan should be on your "To Do" list of Jazz artists you need to see in person!
I found a "YouTube" of Jackie singing "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" from her great CD "You And The Night And The Music" that will give you a taste of her vocal talents.