Looking forward to resuming the SVJS schedule of events since the cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19, she continued. “They are both expressions of the soul and can really feed off of each other.” (In a good way, of course!)
Mondavi was probably onto something long before it reach anyone else’s radar, Jazz unlike other forms of music lends itself to Art unexpectedly.
He noted some time ago to The Collegian of Fresno. “We play music where pretty much every different ethnicity is represented, Durst said, whereas European classical music is only set in that region of the world.”
That said, King knows that another element is put into the mix that makes Jazz & Art compelling. It’s the Wine Country itself. Napa and Sonoma Valleys have an inviting quality, be it’s Mediterranean-like climate or it’s sheer natural beauty, Art and Jazz merge together like a couple in love; ‘they need to get a room’ as the saying goes. Yet serendipitously they make a room where people feel and experience their love affair.
Jazz and art noted King, “It is a good way to support local artists both fine art and musicians.
Sonoma’s historic Early California rustic charm enhances the experience even more.
Since 1988, SVJS has been working to bring together the community by providing an opportunity to see, hear and meet top quality Jazz artists. “We also sponsor Jazz education for young aspiring musicians in our area,” said King.
Yet ironically, because of COVID-19, artists like Sig have had the most prolific time in doing art. Especially during the initial shut down back in 2020. Along with being recently admitted to The Arts Guild of Somoma, Sig is having some of his landscape paintings shown at Vintage House.
A vibrant senior center, Vintage House is more than simply a gathering spot, it’s also a venue. SVJS has hosted events there. “I really applaud places like Vintage House, said King. Vintage House supports the arts; their members receive a great benefit as music and the arts have a direct effect on your physical well-being.”
Eager to welcome musician Carlos Reyes in concert on March 6, King said. “Jazz, art, and wine all go together exceedingly well. It’s like they are from the same place – you could also add great food.”
When Art & Jazz merge, wine flows. “The three: jazz, art and wine are simpatico, she said as they have shared attributes that bring joy and happiness, not to mention the genius it takes to create.”
SVJS works hard as a nonprofit to make jazz events happen. “There is a huge need for everyone to take a break today from their worries and get away, said King – at least mentally to a place of beauty. Jazz and Art can provide this needed respite and it can really save your soul!”
To purchase tickets to see Carlos Reyes in concert and to learn more about the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society, visit the SVJS website.