Friday, April 16, 2010

April 17: Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 4:03 PM

The great tenor saxophone player Bill Barron, who recorded throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, always had one major stipulation in his recording deal: that his little brother Kenny would always be his piano player. The elder Barron died in 1989, but Kenny Barron has since made quite a name for himself as one of modern jazz’s most lyrical pianists. Barron comes to Napa this weekend with the angular violinist Regina Carter, the Sinatra-esque vocalist Kurt Elling and Diana Krall’s right-hand guitar man Russell Malone in the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour. All four players are adaptable to nearly any setting, and an evening in Napa should bring light, enjoyable fare for even the most casual jazz fan. Don’t expect wild out-there jazz excursions—the group’s promo video features the Romberg-Hammerstein standard “When I Grow Too Old to Dream”—when the Monterey Jazz Festival touring group plays Saturday, April 17, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $40–$45. 707.226.7372.Gabe Meline
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