From his first recordings as a leader in 1967 fronting The Dirty Blues Band, through his multiple W.C. Handy Award winning with his current band The Mighty Flyers, to his countless appearances both live and on record with legendary blues figures, Piazza has set a standard for harmonica virtuosity that has established him as one of the most influential living blues harp players. He's consistently surrounded himself with players who bring out the best he has to offer, and epitomize the very best in blues: fresh, swinging, tasteful, exciting and creative. The core of his band has been together for over three decades, and developed the kind of musical telepathy that simply cannot exist without years of experience on the bandstand and in the studio. The Mighty Flyers are a well-oiled machine, with Piazza in the driver's seat.
Join us August, 4th for a night featuring the uncle to Jazz, the Blues!
Thursday, August 11th
Chieli Minucci & Special EFX:
featuring Lao Tizer
Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for 30 years. Besides writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world. He has recorded and performed with many top artists, such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Anastasia, as well as such jazz artists as Jeff Lorber, Marion Meadows, Jay Beckenstein, Paul Jackson Jr., Chuck Loeb (Fourplay), Gerald Veasley and many others.
Chieli and Special EFX will be featuring keyboardist Lao Tizer, who last year brought his band to the Blue Jay Jazz Festival stage for a night of memorable high energy jazz. Join us August, 11th as we welcome for the very first time, Special EFX!
Thursday, August 18th!
The Blue Jay MTN Jam!
A Night Of R&B!
The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation is proud of the community it serves and of all the talent that makes it vibrate so vibrantly. So this year we decided to celebrate our mountain community on a special night, for the locals! The Blue Jay MTN Jam will be a night for the family of Jazz. The Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Jazz. All performed by the incredible local talent flourishing on our mountain, and a few special guest that have over the years, helped us deliver a few of those August nights you'll never forget.
Join us on August, 18th as we showcase our RIM High Student musicians, Local vendors, local musicians and local bands like, 60 Grit Blues Band and Vicki G & The Dudes. Special Guest Kimo Cornwell & more! Under the stars with MTN stars, jamming until it's time to go home!
The Blue Jay Jazz Festival returns to Thursday nights in August 2016. As always, our concerts are BYOB, however this year, as an added bonus we are proud to feature local food vendors from some of your favorite local restaurants and merchants from a few of your favorite local artisans!
The Blue Jay Jazz Festival is held at: Blue Jay Village HWY.189, Blue Jay Ca, 92317. Doors open at 5:30 pm | Showtimes are 6:30pm To purchase tickets, please go HERE
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