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The Columbia Jazz Series will present two guest artist concerts hosted by Stage 3 Theatre in downtown Sonora at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.
The concerts will feature “Rod Harris and Friends.” Some of those friends will include the Mario Flores Latin Jazz Band along with guitarist Johnny Valdes, bassist Clinton Day, vocalist Kerry Tweedy and the college’s vocal jazz sextet.
The jazz series has been holding semi-annual concerts at Stage 3 Theatre for more than a decade. Jazz series director and saxophonist Rod Harris said that “audiences tell us that these are some of their favorite shows. The theater is small enough and the audience is so close to all the performers that we can play quietly and melodically with very nice acoustics and delicate musical moments. The main idea is to have fun and laugh and enjoy some beautiful music.”
The concert will feature solos by all of the artists including guitar and vocal solos by Valdes on several Santana hits. Valdes is a top regional performer and has been a popular featured artist with the jazz series for the last four years. Also featured will be pianist Mark Gee and percussion solos by Mike Miller on timbales and bongos, David Hawkes on drums and Flores on congas.
The concert will feature a variety of songs including swing hits of big band era, Frank Sinatra tunes, Latin jazz, mambo and salsa favorites and jazzy versions of popular songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some of the selections will include Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” and “Europa,” Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” War’s 70s hit “The World is a Ghetto,” the Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond song “Take Five,” and the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me.”
Tickets are $15 for all seats and the doors will open 45 minutes before each show. Advanced reservations are suggested by calling Stage 3 at (209) 536-1778 or tickets may be purchased online at stage3.org.
• What: Jazz concerts.
• When: Sunday, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
• Where: Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., downtown Sonora.
• Tickets: $15.
• Information: stage3.org, (209) 536-1778.