Jazz Fest Featuring Local Artists to Benefit Australia Fire Victims

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A Northern California native and a fixture of the Bay Area jazz scene, vocalist Eva Marie Shahoian is set to perform at the Orinda Jazz Festival in February.

    As the fires in Australia continue to rage with millions of acres of land consumed, one local resident decided to do what she does best to help – make beautiful music.
    Jazz artist Carol Alban kicks off the Orinda Jazz Festival at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 with proceeds going to Australian fire relief. In its 10th year, the festival takes place in the Orinda Community Church’s newly renovated event space at 10 Irwin Way.
    A plethora of well-known local 
musicians will be performing, including Orinda trumpet-player Ted Parker who specializes in jazz from the ’60 and ‘70s by such artists as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie.
    Vocalist Eva Marie Shahoian prefers more obscure, classic Otis Redding and Gershwin tunes.
    Paul McKnight and Daryl Rowe will bring their vocal stylings to the concert with blues player David More, pianists Susan Miller and Leland Thunes, flutist Nancy Tyler, accordionist Riggy Rackin, Captain Didgeridoo adding their talents to the mix as well.
    As in past years, Alban promises surprise guests will also be performing.
    Advanced reservations are not required. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, email Alban at carolalban@aol.com.

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