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Girls Jazz Night
Performance of the Month

Lia Booth is quickly establishing herself as one of Southern California’s most talked about young jazz singers. She has been making a strong impression and building a solid fan base with her fun, dynamic and heartfelt performances. Her daring yet effortless musical style is rooted deeply in the past but with a contemporary sensibility that breathes new life into classic jazz standards night after night. Lia had her start singing in the college vocal jazz ensembles, including several recording projects and appearances at the famed Monterey Jazz Festival and other notable concert venues. While actively leading her own groups, Lia is also a featured member of The Tony Guerrero Quintet and The Swingliners. She has just released a new album of standards in a duo setting with guitarist Will Brahm.

LA-bred and based musician Natalie Hanna Mendoza is an award-winning jazz vocalist and songwriter. She is well versed in performing many vocal genres including pop, r&b, blues, jazz, motown and classical. With a broad range of vocal styling, Natalie is a lead vocalist for several groups including the acoustic Americana band The Frogtown Serenaders and the 1930s jazz vocal trio The San Andrea Sisters. She can be found performing tirelessly at venues throughout Southern California. She has also performed extensively in shows, jazz festivals, and private events.

Gina Saputo is one of LA’s most in demand jazz singers. She is an international jazz performer, college instructor, recording artist, session singer, model, actress and three-time published author. She has lived in Los Angeles since moving for college and has become a regular at LA’s top jazz clubs and on the scene. She has been featured on Good Day LA with Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra. Gina can be seen performing regularly with actor and pianist Jeff Goldblum and his band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, George Kahn’s Jazz and Blues Revue, Paul Young Quintet, Slide Fx Trombone Tentet, Rusty Stiers Band, Tenth and California, and her own groups.

Jamie Shew began her musical training at the age of four, when she was first introduced to the piano. Jamie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Washington State University and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance/Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University. As a graduate assistant at WMU, she had the opportunity to study privately with one of her favorite jazz vocalists, Sunny Wilkinson, and perform and record with the renowned vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company. As a jazz vocalist, Jamie continues to enjoy a dynamic performance career among many internationally recognized jazz musicians such as Larry Koonse, Darek Oles, Jeremy Siskind, Danny Janklow, Dave Robaire, Will Brahm, Jason Harnell, Dan Schnelle, and Josh Nelson.

This performance was originally recorded live on August 9, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.

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Tony Guerrero &
West Coast Sound

Festival of Arts is an annual, summer-long celebration held in Laguna Beach that encourages the appreciation, study, and performance of the arts. The live musical performances during the festival deliver memorable moments that bring attendees to their feet.

We are pleased to present this rebroadcast of Tony Guerrero & West Coast Sound. Since his first solo release in 1988, Tony Guerrero has established himself in a variety of areas. His work as a contemporary jazz flugelhornist, trumpeter, composer, and producer has garnered him both critical success and a worldwide audience. He has toured the United States and much of the world as a headliner in major jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs and has enjoyed commercial radio success not only with his own releases but with music he's written for other artists. Tony has worked with a diverse roster of artists, including jazz legends Freddie Hubbard, Tom Scott and Joe Sample; rock icons Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Slash and Billy Idol; pop sensations Chance the Rapper and The Jonas Brothers; and the quadruple-platinum soundtrack to Disney's High School Musical.

Accompanying Guerrero for this event are Mark Visher (saxophone), Ryan Dragon (trombone), Eric Dries (piano), David Miller (bass), and Dean Koba (drums).

This performance was originally recorded on August 24, 2015, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.

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Judith Owen
featuring the legendary Leland Sklar

Join singer-songwriter and pianist Judith Owen for an intimate performance featuring legendary bassist Leland Sklar and master percussionist Pedro Segundo.

The songstress is known for her love of musical variety and melding it into a great stylistic gumbo all her own. Her 2016 release, Somebody’s Child, is the culmination of this mix: voice and piano front and center, songs that are vignettes of life crafted from the perspective that we are all “somebody’s child” – parental, as well as planetary. The Sunday Times UK chose it as one of the best records of that year.

Her live performances, whether as a headliner or as the handpicked opening act for Bryan Ferry’s recent tours of Europe and North America, have been wowing listeners and gaining fans like fellow artist Jackson Browne, who said of Owen’s onstage prowess: “It’s a masterclass on how a show should be done.”

This performance was originally recorded live on August 29, 2017, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.

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Leslie Page
Heart Songs
Performance of the Month

In 2008, Leslie Page began a long-standing residency at Mastros Ocean Club in Newport Beach. There she honed her vocal skills, performing songs by Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. It was there that Leslie met Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lou Pardini (currently with the beloved band Chicago) which opened the door for her to audition in 2012 as a background singer for Joe Walsh (The Eagles).

Since then, Leslie has had the incredible privilege of sharing the stage with Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Keith Urban, Billy Gibbons, Hunter Hayes, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Peaches and Herb, and many others. Leslie has been featured on numerous album projects, including songs written by world-renowned bass player Max Bennett (Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, etc) and she is currently set to go in the studio with Max and Tony Guerrero to record Fever, the song made famous by Peggy Lee in the 1960s, featuring Max Bennett on bass.

Leslie is an incredible force inside and out. She courageously journeyed and beat ALL Leukemia in 2016, celebrating her first Re-Birthday while on the road with Joe Walsh and Bad Company. Her unique life experiences resonate in the timber of her voice, creating a deep, sultry sound that is all her own. She has been described as a Pro’s Pro, having one of the finest and most adaptable voices you’ll ever hear and has been dubbed by producers as the “one take wonder”. Leslie is a woman who sings from the depths of her soul, with great tone and skill.

This performance was originally recorded live on August 11, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.

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Kyle Eastwood
Live from MIM

Talented bassist—and son of famed actor-director Clint Eastwood—Kyle Eastwood has grown his career in the jazz scene since his debut in 1998 with his album From There To Here. With subsequent album releases in the following years, Eastwood has produced an incredible body of work, and earned respect amongst other musicians in the genre.

Accompanied by a London-based group of musicians—pianist Andrew McCormack, tenor saxophonist Graeme Blevins, trumpeter Quentin Collins and drummer Martyn Kaine—Eastwood and company delivers a stellar performance.

This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on March 14, 2014, from Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.

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Finals - Orchestra Round
2018 Alaska Int'l

Performance of the Month

Pianists from around the world converged in Fairbanks to compete in the prestigious 2018 Alaska International Piano-e-Competition for more than $65,000 in prizes.

Each of the final three performers chose a piano concerto from standard repertoire and performed with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.

This program features Timur Mustakimov (Russia) performing Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, (Emperor)”; Su Yeon Kim (South Korea) performing Rachmininoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme By Paganini, Op. 43”; and KaJeng Wong (Hong Kong) performing Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37.”

This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on May 30, 2018, from Davis Concert Hall in Fairbanks, AK.

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Jane Lynch
See Jane Sing
Performance of the Month

Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Jane Lynch's See Jane Sing, a musical comedy cabaret show, first delighted audiences at the 2016 Festival of Arts Celebrity Benefit Event, which Lynch also hosted. Joining her on stage are special guests Kate Flannery of The Office and Tim Davis, Glee’s former vocal arranger.

Accompanied by a five-piece band, Jane Lynch shows off her musical chops and comedic wit and charm. Her live performance takes audiences on a musical journey through a world of songs from Broadway to cabaret with new takes on If Wishes Were Rainbows, Mr. Monotony, Far From the Home I Love, an epic take on Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, and a medley of songs that made her cry as a child, including Puff the Magic Dragon.

This performance was originally recorded live on August 5, 2017, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.

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Spencer Day

Festival of Arts is an annual, summer-long celebration held in Laguna Beach that encourages the appreciation, study, and performance of the arts. The live musical performances during the festival deliver memorable moments that bring attendees to their feet.

We are pleased to present this rebroadcast of Spencer Day. Day has wandered amid the expansive and diverse landscape of American music, developing an artistic sensibility that borrows from numerous sources: jazz, musical theater, cabaret, soul, folk, traditional and contemporary pop. Day uses intuition and improvisation as his primary tools to craft a sound that is familiar, yet fresh and innovative at the same time.

Day’s Vagabond album peaked at #11 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 47 weeks. The lead single, “Til You Come To Me,” peaked at #3 on the chart. His album, Daybreak, debuted at #1 on the Itunes Jazz Charts. Spencer’s single, “72 and Sunny,” marked his debut on the Mediabase Adult Contemporary chart where it had been for12 weeks.

This performance was originally recorded on July 26, 2018, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.

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John Proulx

His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. GRAMMY-winning composer, singer, pianist, and recording artist, John Proulx's latest CD Say It features Chuck Berghofer, Joe LaBarbera, Larry Koonse, Bob Sheppard, a duet with Melissa Manchester, and three string quartet arrangements by Alan Broadbent. In addition to touring with his own trio, John has performed with the likes of Anita O'Day, Natalie Cole, Melissa Manchester, and Marian McPartland.

John began his formal musical education at the age of three on violin, but quickly switched to classical piano lessons. His late grandfather, Clyde Proulx, was a jazz guitarist who introduced him to the world of jazz. Hooked on the freedom of improvisation, his education took him to Chicago to study at Roosevelt University’s Chicago School of Performing Arts then moved to Los Angeles to further his musical pursuits. He also spent four months at the prestigious Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency hotel in New York City playing a nightly solo piano/vocal engagement.

Since then, John has appeared on Michael Feinstein’s radio show on NPR, “Song Travels” as well as on Marian McPartland’s radio show “Piano Jazz”. John serves as adjunct faculty at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Long Beach.

This performance was originally recorded on August 14, 2016, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.

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