Archive for May 22, 2010

July 9, 10 and 11, 2010, the 7th annual Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival, located in the Southern California Wine Country City of Temecula, has announced a change of venue from Main St. in Old Town, to the new Home of the Chuck Niles Memorial Jazz Library and the Temecula Valley Cultural Arts & Music Center at 27455 Tierra Alta Way. This year’s festival is in honor of the “first lady of song,” Ella Fitzgerald.

Tributes to Ella include performances by Herb Jeffries, Freda Payne, Arthur Rand & the Ink Spots, Ray Brown Jr., and Keith Droste Trio, with one of Canada’s finest bassists, Rene’ Worst. Headlining the 2010 Festival is GRAMMY Award winner Poncho Sanchez. More than anything, Sanchez is a storyteller. As the leader of the most popular Latin jazz group in the world today, it’s his congas and seasoned ensemble that do the talking. Other performances during the Festival include international singing star Trini Lopez, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, 3-time GRAMMY nominee David Arkenstone, Coryell Auger Sample Trio, Patricia Talem from Brazil and more.

Recently voted one of the Best City events, this year’s TVIJ Festival promises to bring this annual event to a whole new level by celebrating the life and influence of Jazz Great Ella Fitzgerald. Friday, July 9th, the Opening Night Dinner & Concert tickets are $100. Saturday, July 10th, is the main event! General Admission is $35. Box Seats for $65 also include dinner and drink tickets.

Platinum VIP/ BackStage Pass tickets at $120 include special backstage access along with a table, drinks and dinner during the Saturday night concert. July 11th, which is Sunday’s Youth Jazz Festival, is Free Admission. Proceeds benefit Musicians Workshop Non-Profit Youth Education programs. Sponsorship opportunities with branding and on-site exposure are available.

Tickets are available online at or by calling Jon or Jane Laskin at (951) 678-2517.