Saxophonist Alan Early brings world-class Jazz to Wine Country’s backyard of Sonoma, CA

Alan Early, saxophonist. Photo by Robert Konves. courtesy of Alan Early website.

When we Americans think of Jazz music we tend to only think of it in terms of our own country. Of course, the influence of Jazz has been global. We forget that in its universal appeal Jazz lives independently of its American origin.
Take the Scandinavian Jazz scene of Finland for example. Jazz has been flourishing there since it was imported from America back in the 1920s. Names such as Edward Vesala, Heikki Sarmanto, Olli Ahvenlahti and Matti Oiling are the Jazz greats of Finland.

Saxophonist Alan Early knows who they are because when he is not in Northern California,  he lives the summer portion of the year in Finland. He plays in both countries; mostly with a trio or duo in Finland, and with his own quartet and some larger ensembles in California.

The Finnish Home Association, a cultural center in Sonoma, CA will be hosting the Somoma Valley Jazz Society’s Mother’s Day Jazz Sunday featuring Alan Early.

Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is excited and eager to kick off it’s summer season of Jazz concerts and performances for Somoma. Each summer season the Society works earnestly to provide the best in Jazz music. And to spotlight Alan Early is to bring another side of the world to Somoma’s backyard.

Alan Early and ensemble playing at the Sonoma County Public Library, Sonoma, CA.

It might be interesting to note, especially in honor of mothers and Mother’s Day, that music has a positive influence upon children. And according to some studies researchers hypothesize that Jazz music can actually help develop analytical and critical thinking skills in children.

In that stream of thought, it comes as no surprise that Finland holds music education in high esteem. As reported by the National Association for Music Education, as a small nation, Finland leverages everyone’s potential and aims to give children of all social classes and backgrounds the opportunity to learn music.

In Finland, and for that matter all of Scandinavia as noted by Independent UK a vibrant jazz scene of one sort or another exist all across Scandinavia.

Early provides an international bridge greatly enhancing the experience and power of Jazz. In addition to his solo work, Early has backed many famous artists. The list includes Petula Clark and Jose Feliciano. He has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis, Jimmy Smith, Blue Mitchell and Astrud Gilberto.

Since settling in Somoma over 10 years ago, Early has been busy playing with a variety of combos large and small. And as mentioned, backing many vocalists as well as playing with his own quartet, several big bands and orchestras.

Mother’s Day Sunday Jazz with saxophonist Alan Early will be on May 8 at the gazebo at The Finnish Home Association at 197 West Verano Ave from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

We Jazz lovers will be there,” said SVJS President Janice King.

“Bring your own lawn chair or a blanket to sit on because they only have a few picnic tables,” she added. “Food and wine is available for sale. Cost for the Concert, Lunch, Dessert, and one Drink is $45,” said King.

Providing a bit more details she said. “Lunch usually is a kebob, rice and salad with cake for dessert. And, the cost for just the Concert is $20.”

King and the SVJS staff are anticipating a full house turn out. Payment for tickets can be taken over the phone. For more info visit the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society website.