George Shearing

The Famous Jazz Artist Series has announced its next three concerts, the first on Sunday, November 7.  This is a great opportunity for those who have missed out on the prior concert series which typically has been sold out.

     November 7:  Sir George Albert Shearing was a British jazz pianist who for many years led a popular jazz group.  Shearing was the composer of over 300 titles, including the jazz standards Lullaby of Birdland and Conception and had multiple albums on the Billboard Charts from the 1950s through the 1990s.  Charlie Shoemake was the vibraphonist of the George Shearing Quintet for seven years and will lead this tribute to Shearing’s music, featuring guitarist Josh Collins, pianist Madison Scott, bassist Matthew Evans, and drummer Darrell Voss.

     November 21:  Ignacio Herbert “Nacio Herb” Brown was an American writer of popular songs, movie scores, and Broadway theatre music in the 1920s through the early 1950s.  Among his most enduring works are the scores for the 1952 musical film Singin’ in the Rain and the 1939 film of the 1937 Broadway musical Babes in Arms.  This Sunday concert will feature tenor saxophonist Karl Welz, bassist Dylan Johnson, and drummer Darrell Voss, as well as Shoemake on vibes and piano with wife Sandi on vocals.

     December 12:  This Sunday concert provides the backdrop of the semi-annual fund raiser for Charlie Shoemake’s Central Coast Jazz Institute.  Past and present students will be performing a variety of jazz favorites and all donations to the Institute,  an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization, are tax deductible.

     The venue for the Series continues to be at the Harmony Café  (824 Main Street).  There are two performances each of the above Sundays — a matinee from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. featuring a lunch menu and an evening show from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. offering dinner entrees.  The cost is $25 per person for a single performance or $30 for both performances with a $10 food or beverage minimum at each performance.  Reservations are a must, since the last several concerts sold out. They can be made via e-mail at or by phoning the Shoemakes at 805-935-9007.

“Nacio Herb” Brown