Music Notes: Hot jazz at Filoli

Tuned in to jazz? Jazz at Filoli, a six-Sunday musical series kicking off this weekend at the historic house and garden, will turn you on.

The series opens with Fred Berry’s Big Band, featuring singer Jamie Davis, on Father’s Day. Berry, director of the Stanford Jazz Orchestra and jazz programs at the College of San Mateo, has played trumpet with Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie as well as with professional Bay Area jazz ensembles.

Davis, who also sings soul and R&B, has been the lead vocalist for the Count Basie Orchestra since 2000. He recently released his third CD, “Vibe Over Perfection.”

Twice Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson and her quartet perform June 29. Allyson, who took piano lessons at age 6, moved from classical to funk, rock and jazz. On her Concord CDs, she sings ballads, blues, bebop, Brazilian songs, French chansons and tunes from the Great American Songbook.

Additional performers in the lineup are Le Jazz Hot on July 13; Mitch Woods’ Big Easy Boogie on Aug. 10, Grant-Matheny Duo/Dmitri Matheny Quintet on Aug. 24 and Sammy Figueroa on Sept. 14.

Concerts begin at 1:30 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m.; visitors may tour the estate. Gourmet boxed lunches may be ordered for $15, or concertgoers may bring bag lunches, without coolers or picnic baskets. Filoli is located at 86 Cañada Road in Woodside. Tickets are $60. Call (650) 364-8300, ext. 508 or visit www.filoli.org.

SUMMER IN REDWOOD CITY

“Music on the Square” offers free concerts at 6 p.m. Fridays for 18 weeks at downtown Redwood City’s beautiful Courthouse Square. This month, hear rock from Freesound on Friday and Celtic sounds from Tempest on June 27.

“Sounds of the Shores” concerts are at 6 p.m. Thursdays in Marlin Park. Blue plays June 26; the Morris LeGrande Band on July 10.

At Stafford Park on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., check out Andy Z and the Andyland Band on June 25, Zydeco Flames on July 2 and the Refugees on July 9. Visit www.redwoodcityevents.com.  

PENINSULA POPS

Peninsula Symphony Summer Pops’ annual free concert in the park in Menlo Park on June 29 features Glinka’s “Russian & Ludmilla” overture; Greig’s “Peer Gynt Suite,” Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Falla’s “Three-Cornered Hat Suite” along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and other Broadway hits. The program also features the winner of 2008 Young Musicians’ Competition. The show starts at 3 p.m. at Oak Creek Apartments, 1600 Sand Hill Road. Visit www.peninsulasymphony.org or call (650) 321-9920.

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