Jazz Aspen organizes Sonoma event
Jazz Aspen Snowmass has lined up Steve Winwood, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall and Boz Scaggs for this year’s festival season. But not for Aspen.Jazz Aspen announced yesterday that Winwood, Bennett, Krall and Scaggs were among the artists set to play the inaugural Sonoma Jazz Festival. The four-day festival, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29, will be held not in Aspen, nor in Snowmass, but in Sonoma, Calif. Jazz Aspen was hired by Sonoma Jazz organizers to serve as producers of the California festival. Jim Horowitz, founder and executive producer of Jazz Aspen, is also executive producer of Sonoma Jazz. Like Jazz Aspen, Sonoma Jazz is a not-for-profit organization. Net proceeds from the festival are earmarked for distribution to the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation and the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation. The festival, modeled after Jazz Aspen’s June Festival, will be held under a 3,000-seat canopy tent in the Field of Dreams, a space two blocks from Sonoma’s historic town plaza. Taking advantage of its location in the heart of California’s wine country, Sonoma Jazz also features a food and wine component. Additional Wine and Song events will be held at small venues around the plaza.Tickets for Sonoma Jazz go on sale Monday, Feb. 28, and are available by calling 1-866-527-8499. Patron tickets are available by calling 1-866-468-8355. For further information, go to http://www.sonomajazz.org.Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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