Jazz Up Your Valentine’s Day with Monterey Jazz

Columbia Festival of the Arts officially announces their Winter Fall Festival line up embracing the theme “Beyond The Blues.” From February 4-21st the Festival will present three weekends of Jazz, Film, Theatre, Visual Arts and more. Headliners MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR offer a special Valentine’s Day show, Sunday February 14th. Other events for Jazz lovers include an Art Gallery Reception and Blue Concert with Samuel James on Saturday February 6th, plus the music of ‘Trane, Miles & Mingus with Vince di Mura and James Brandon Lewis on Saturday February 13th.  Other Festival events include August Wilson’s play GEM OF THE OCEAN, two Sundance Award Winning Films FRUITVALE STATION & 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, six short plays from New Theatre Movement BLACK LIVES, BLACK WORDS, and more. Tickets & information available via website www.columbiafestival.org

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR Sunday, February 14, 2016
6-8pm Valentine’s Day
MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR | Longest Consecutively-Running Jazz Festival In the World – Jim Rouse Theatre

Featuring Raul Midon, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders and Gregory Hutchinson.
“Nothing less than Jazz Nirvana.” – San Jose Mercury News
The longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world, the Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates their unique brand of jazz-with-a-purpose exuberance while expanding the boundaries of jazz presentation. This year’s lineup reflects Monterey’s “traditional-untraditionalist” attitude, and is a who’s-who of critically-acclaimed and Grammy-recognized top artists. Tickets: $36-$51 More Info: http://bit.ly/1ZYKfFQ

Vince di Mura Saturday, February 13, 2016 4 – 6pm
AN AFTERNOON OF JAZZ | Music of Trane, Miles & Mingus
Monteabaro Recital Hall, Howard Community College

“People who know Vince di Mura’s playing know to expect something special.” – keyboard.com
Veteran jazz pianist, composer, arranger and musical director Vince di Mura performs with saxophonist/composer James Brandon Lewis. Vince di Mura is a veteran Jazz pianist, composer, arranger and musical director who has appeared on concert stages and theatres throughout North America, Canada, Europe and Latin America. Saxophonist/composer James Brandon Lewis has earned a reputation in the gospel, R&B, and jazz worlds. Tickets: $15 More Info: http://bit.ly/1KKsQtq

SAMUEL JAMESSaturday, February 6, 2016 6 – 8:30pm
SAMUEL JAMES | Art Opening and Blues Concert Gallery exhibition private showing, followed by Blues Concert – Columbia Art Center

“Wildly individualistic…a powerhouse of intensity, Samuel James is a man that packs ferocity in his virtuosity in what is unabashedly deep roots, old time.” – TheCountryBlues.com
Samuel James is in a class by himself. With a voice of grit and gravel, roots musician Samuel James sings with an authenticity lost in time. A modern guitar master, James’ skill has a depth and range that seems impossible for a man with only two hands. Among the most creative guitar players performing today, this blues-based singer/songwriter has dazzled audiences around the world for the better part of a decade. Tickets: $15 More Info: http://bit.ly/1Vvuzsf