Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Wine Festival With Jazz In the Vineyard on April 26

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 A fabulous line-up of jazz was announced today by   The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association  for the 2nd Annual Vintners Festival & Jazz In the Vineyard, to be held Saturday, April 26, at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce, just 45 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles. This much anticipated event features an unparalleled mix of great locally-produced wine and food, paired with illustrious live jazz music performed in a breathtakingly beautiful vineyard setting.  The lineup includes:

Quattro, the 2013 Latin Jazz Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist, a fresh, new innovative ensemble blending  Latin + Pop + Jazz + Classical creating their unique sound and debut album “POPZZICAL”. Featuring Giovanna Clayton on Cello and vocals; Lisa Dondlinger on Violin and vocals; Kay-ta Matsuno on Guitar and vocals; and Jorge Villanueva on Percussion and vocals. Individually, these talented musicians have earned a well-established and highly respected presence in the recording and live performance industries in Los Angeles.

Lauren Koval, jazz vocalist & Paul McDonald, keyboardist and arranger, performing Latin Jazz & Standards from the Great American Songbook. Koval and McDonald have performed nonstop in Los Angeles and abroad, with some of the finest musicians in the most prestigious Jazz Clubs and Performing Arts Centers. Remaining true to the songwriter’s original intent, Lauren delivers each of the songs arranged by McDonald with classic elegance, bringing passion and grace to each performance.  Together, they enamor their audience with their ever-expanding repertoire and impeccable style.

Jon Stephen, Nuevo Flamenco Guitarist, has performed with various New Orleans jazz bands including Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, and opened for Tito Puente, Peabo Bryson, and George Howard.  Today, Jon Stephen has created his own genre of Tropical Brazilian Guitar. Performing all original music, his magical compositions range from smoky jazz to breezy bossa nova to serrano-like flamenco.

And returning for a second year will be the Still Moving Project, group of dedicated, fun-loving musicians, making beautiful original music with a unique brand of melodic rock-country-folk-jazz.

Local Wine, Breweries, & Spirits Tastings will be from, among others, San Antonio Winery, Alonso Family Vineyards, Chavez Vineyards, Golden Star Vineyards, Harris Wine Biz, High Desert Cellars, Oasis Vineyards, Agua Dulce Winery, Pulchella Winery, Reyes Winery, and other SPVVA Members.  Gourmet Bites will be supplied by delicious artisan food producers such as Le Chene French Cuisine, Truffles n Toffee, California Bakery, and more to be announced.

There will be an Arts & Crafts exhibit and a Silent Auction. Much of the proceeds from the festival will benefit College of the Canyons, the Institute for the Culinary Arts, scheduled to open fall 2014.  Sponsors for the event include Union Bank of California,  Galpin Motors, and Rec Solar.

For more information on the 2014 Festival, and a list of participants including wineries and other vendors, artists’ biographies and photographs, please visit the SPVVA website. For information on how to make the most of your time in Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Country, join the Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners on Facebook and follow along on Twitter.



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