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Jazz at Filoli to Showcase Blues, Jazz and More This Summer

Celebrating world–renowned jazz masters and top talent from all corners of the Bay Area in 2016, the acclaimed Jazz at Filoli Center on the Peninsula inaugurates its 26th year of Sunday afternoon concerts June 19 wth a blues bash spotlighting 2015 Filoli fan favorite, blues guitarist Anthony Paule, along with Philadelphia–based vocalist Frank Bey, for this year's encore performance. Also appearing during the six-concert summer series: violinist Mads Tolling, vocalist Kenny Washington with the Geoffrey Keezer Trio, jump-swing ensemble Lavay Smith & Her Red-Hot Skillet Lickers, saxophonist Anton Schwartz, and conguero/bandleader Poncho Sanchez.

Individual and series tickets go on sale to members beginning Monday, May 23 by mail, phone, and a special members-only web page; individual and series concert tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Filoli is a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate, located in Woodside (about 25 miles south of San Francisco), at the southern end of Crystal Springs Lake. Designed by renowned San Francisco architect Willis Polk, Filoli was built between 1915 and 1917 for William Bowers Bourn II, owner of one of California's richest gold mines and president of Spring Valley Water Company. Now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli is open to the public. The site is both a California Historical Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the sumptuous, elegant gardens are arranged as a series of formally enclosed spaces framed within brick walls and clipped hedges, providing long axial views, in which profuse naturalized plantings of hardy and annual plants contrast with lawns, brick and gravel paths amd formal reflecting pools, all framed in walls and clipped hedging in box, holly, laurel and yew. Admission to the house and gardens, along with on-site parking, is included in ticket prices.

The award-winning eight-piece Bey Paule Band — soulful, rousing, steeped in tradition — is led by Bay Area guitarist Anthony Paule, featuring Philadelphia–based vocalist Frank Bey and a crack cadre of musicians, joined this year by two great Bay Area blues singers in their own rights: Terrie Odabi and Loralee Christensen.

Guitarist Anthony Paule and singer Frank Bey

Mads Tolling (July 10) is one of the most exuberant and adventurous jazz violinists on the scene, taking his instrument where few dare to go. Born in Copenhagen and nurtured on American jazz, Mads moved to the U.S. when he was 20. He was a member of the acclaimed Turtle Island Quartet for nine years and has toured and played over 100 concerts with the celebrated jazz bassist Stanley Clarke. Tolling and the Mads Men reignite music of the '60s ("The Pink Panther" and "Mission Impossible" themes, and more) with playful virtuosity, while staying true to the original source music.

One of the most sought after jazz pianists today, Grammy-nominated Geoffrey Keezer (July 24) travels north from Los Angeles to perform with his trio and one of the Bay Area's undisputed treasures, vocalist Kenny Washington. In addition to leading his own groups, Keezer currently tours with trumpeter Chris Botti, and has performed with Sting, Wayne Shorter, Jim Hall, Christian McBride, Diana Krall, and Dianne Reeves, among others. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Kenny Washington the "Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene," and the late jazz great Mark Murphy declared that Washington is the only contemporary male vocalist carrying on the great tradition of jazz singing.

Lavay Smith (August 7) is internationally recognized as The Queen of Classic Jazz. Saucy, sultry and musically savvy with a big bluesy voice and a dynamic stage presence, Lavay and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers band offer up the sounds of the 1940's and '50's, from swing to bebop and beyond. Her seven–piece band features a jumping swingtet of Bay Area all–stars, among them keyboardist Chris Siebert, saxophonist Jules Broussard and trombonist Danny Armstrong.
Please note: This concert is already sold out.

Tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz (August 21) exhibits virtuosity and innovation with a bit of an edge. He brings intellectual qualities to his music, while maintaining a lyrical and melodic base. His special guest, trumpeter Terell Stafford, joins the group from New York. The ensemble's music evokes quintets of the past while at the same time stretching into the future.

When asked to describe his unique approach to highly danceable music, the celebrated King of the Congueros, the Laredo, TX-born Poncho Sanchez, explains, "There’s room for a lot of different sounds in our music. I think people have come to know that that's what Poncho Sanchez is all about. We put it all together in a pot, boil it together and come out with a big stew... These are the sounds I grew up with. So when I play this music, I'm not telling a lie. I'm telling my story. This is the real thing."
Please note: This season's September 11 performance by Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band has already sold out.

Concerts begin at 1:30 in the afternoon and end at 4 pm. Filoli opens on Sundays at 11 am, and visitorss are invited to come before the concert to view the House and Garden (included in ticket prices) and visit the Filoli Café and Garden and Gift Shop. Parking is free.

To learn more about the 2016 Sunday afternoon concert series, please visit the "Jazz at Filoli" website, or by calling 650.364.8300, ext. 508, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

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