A 20-member big band jazz ensemble will perform Sunday, Oct. 5 at Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead, 738 Main St., St. Helena, in a benefit concert for the Timothy Hall Foundation. Doors will open at 2 p.m., with the three-set show beginning at 3:30.
The LMR All-Star Big Band is a 20-player ensemble drawn from jazz musicians who have performed throughout the world under the direction of Niel Levonius, featuring compositions and arrangements by Chick Corea, Gordon Goodwin, Horace Silver, Count Basie and Miles Davis.
Many members of the band are Grammy Award winners, including Tom Scott on saxophone, Aaron Lington on baritone sax and Steffen Kuehn on trumpet. Jazz diva Clairdee and baritone Jamie Davis, formerly of the Count Basie Band, recently returned from a critically acclaimed tour of Russia and will reprise their Russian tour performance.
The band has performed and recorded around the world with The Buddy Rich Band, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Steve Winwood, Tower of Power and Sting, among others.
The Timothy W. Hall Foundation is a non-profit grant-making foundation dedicated to creating innovative, cost-effective elementary school curriculum in the arts and sciences. Its initiatives include: fostering school gardens and animal husbandry projects as places for children to learn about natural sciences, land stewardship, and healthy food; and creating music curriculum that excites and educates children through spontaneous, improvisational performances. Founded in memory of Timothy Hall in 1996, the Foundation has supported innovative programs in children's education grounded in hands-on experiences in the science and the arts since 1997. Concerts benefiting the Foundation have been produced in Carnegie Hall in New York City and St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco.
The concert will also feature farm-to-table food and wine experiences, dining at Farmstead, Executive Chef Stephen Barber's barbecue, horseshoes and petanque. Each ticket holder will receive one complimentary Long Meadow Ranch wine tasting. Guests are encouraged to bring low-back lawn chairs and blankets for lawn seating.
Tickets cost $40 in advance,$50 at the door, and are available at www.longmeadowranch.com/tickets