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Jazz at Filoli

June 18, 2017 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrating world–renowned jazz masters and top talent from the Bay Area in 2017, our 27th year of Sunday afternoon concerts. Enjoy a lively afternoon of ‘Filoli Fun Under the Summer Sun’ in the shade of umbrellas and glorious oak trees while gracious volunteers serve you complimentary snacks, including white wine, beer, lemonade, gourmet coffee, and sparkling water. Bring a picnic lunch or order a boxed lunch in advance. Concerts begin at 1:30 in the afternoon and end at 4:00. Filoli opens on Sundays at 10:00 am and we invite you to come before the concert to see the House and Garden (included in your ticket price) and visit the Quail’s Nest Café and Clock Tower Shop. Parking is free.

View the 2017 Jazz Boxed Lunch Menu

June 18 — Father’s Day
The Mel Martin All-Star Big Band
featuring Vocalist Tiffany Austin

We love starting big and there’s nothing like the thrill of a big band to get juices flowing! We welcome the versatile Mel Martin and his 15–piece All–Star Big Band as they open our 2017 Season. A protégé of Benny Carter’s, Mel honed his chops playing with Santana, Boz Scags, Cal Tjader and many others. Composer, arranger and saxophonist, he has been an important part of the Bay Area jazz scene for years and always brings us the top musicians.

Tiffany Austin is one of the fastest rising stars on the scene today, reaping ovations and winning awards. “A singer to keep an ear on,” NPR; “One of the country’s best jazz singers,” Cy Musiker, KQED. tiffany austin

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July 9 — Dmitri Matheny Group JAZZ NOIRDmitri Matheny

West Coast cool jazz at its finest, combining romance, intrigue and the big horn!

The San Jose Mercury News hails Dmitri Matheny as “The first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione.” Mentored by Art Farmer, his soulful sound draws comparisons to Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Tom Harrell and, of course, Farmer, himself. His approach to the flugelhorn, which produces a deeper, mellower tone than the trumpet, is lyrical and melodic, as opposed to most of today’s fiery, blaring brass players.

He has toured extensively with his own stellar band and performed with everyone from Max Roach, Red Holloway, Joe Lovano, and James Moody to the Temptations, Martha Reeves, The Four Tops and the O’Jays.

Matheny puts a fresh spin on the timeless classics, and thrills you with music from Film Noir…melancholy, menacing and mysterious.


July 23 — Tierney Sutton Band

The Los Angeles–based Tierney Sutton Band has been together for more than twenty years, reaping praise, awards and seven Grammy nominations (including one for their latest album, Sting Variations) even as they tour internationally and perform at venues such as Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall. This tight–knit group has attained a rare rapport while pushing the envelope with their inventive arrangements of the Great American Songbook.Tierney Sutton Band

The New York Times calls Sutton “A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.” Jazz critic Scott Yanow writes, “One of the top American jazz singers of the past 20 years, Tierney Sutton has a beautiful voice and has always been an expert improviser.”

Most recently, pianist Christian Jacob, Ms. Sutton and the band collaborated with Clint Eastwood, composing and performing the music for the soundtrack of his 2016 movie, “Sully.”


August 6 — Akira Tana and the Secret Agent Band
featuring Annie Sellick, Midori Ono, James Mahone and Jeff Massanari

Akira Tana brings us a taste of Bond…James Bond…with some of the most compelling movie music of the last half–century, music shaken and stirred.Frank Bey

Jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert calls Tana “A suave and sophisticated drummer with a killer sense of time…” He says, “Tana quietly infiltrated the Bay Area after some two decades in New York City playing with the baddest cats on the scene. He’s a supremely musical drummer.” Those bad cats include Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, Lena Horn, Paquito D’Rivera, and the Manhattan Transfer, among others. More recently he has been acclaimed as innovative leader of his own band.

Vocalist Annie Sellick flies from her home in Nashville to join Japan-based organist Midori Ono. and the others. Greg Lee, WMOT jazz radio, says she has “Ella’s playfulness, Carmen’s attitude, Betty’s instincts and Anita’s flair.” True, but she is undeniably an original.

“Nobody Does It Better” than Akira Tana and his Secret Agent Band!


August 20 — Monty Alexander

We are so excited to bring the internationally renowned Monty Alexander and his Trio to Filoli’s stage. One of the most sought after jazz pianists in the world, he is ranked in the top five in The Fifty Greatest Piano Players of All Time.Montey Alexander

Soon after moving to the U.S. from his native Jamaica, his amazing talent caught the ears of Frank Sinatra and Jilly Rizzo, and he was hired as house pianist at Jilly’s, New York City’s famed club, where he worked with some of the top names in jazz. Mingling Oscar Peterson’s sophistication with Horace Silver’s earthiness, his prime musical objective is to “express the joy of music to all within earshot, regardless of prevailing differences in taste or culture.”

Whether playing straight–ahead jazz, Jamaican Reggaes, Soul, or the music of his idols, Nat ‘King’ Cole and Frank Sinatra, Monty and his Trio will astound you!


September 10 — Catina DeLuna & Lado B Brazilian Project
featuring Otmaro Ruiz

“Girl from Ipanema” is a beloved classic, but you ’ve never heard it like this! Vocalist Catina Deluna and pianist Otmaro Ruiz’s inventive, yet reverent version of the Jobim standard garnered a 2015 Grammy nomination and their album, Lado B Brazilian Project, was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album.Frank Bey

Brazilian–born Catina has an impressive string of musical accomplishments as vocalist, pianist, and arranger. She brings a real understanding of Brazilian music and her modern interpretations are fresh and engaging.

Otmaro, born in Venezuela, was Diane Reeve’s pianist, arranger and musical director for five years, and has captivated audiences at jazz festivals around the world, performing with Charlie Haden, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, and others.

This authentic South American band will light up Filoli’s stage with their blend of the cherished old and the sparkling new.

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