“My people…Now which of my people…I mean, uh, you know I’m in several groups, I’m in, uh, let’s see, I’m in the group of the piano players, the music of the people… THE people, now that’s the better word, because THE people are my people.” Duke Ellington

Welcome to BackYard Jazz in Santa Rosa, CA

2014 Season – We Downsized:

So BackYard Jazz at Jaylee is no more – We enjoyed our run hosting and look forward to someday, in some form, continuing to

Showcase Bay Area Jazz Artists…

ANDREW SPEIGHT on Alto and Soprano Sax! 

The goal of BackYard Jazz House Concerts is to showcase the talents of a few of the many wonderful jazz musicians living right here in our own Bay Area “Backyard, playing before appreciative audiences in the intimate setting of our Backyard, wonderful opportunities for jazz artists to share the music they love the way they love to play it, to play with and to communicate with an audience that wants to hear live jazz for it’s own sake, Jazz for the sake of jazz!

2012 Concerts:

June 24: Erik Jacabsen, Trumpet
July 22: Bennett Friedman, tenor sax
August 19: The Hot Club of San Francisco 
September 16: Alegritude with Harvey Wainapel: Brazilian Jazz
October 14: Andrew Speight – Alto & Soprano Sax – the Dogpatch Quintet
2011 Concerts:
May:Ernie Shelton, vocals: Bebop, Bossa, Ballads  & Blues
June: Dick Conte, piano, with Steve Heckman, saxes
July: Richard Howell Quintet,
August: bummer – no concert this month
September: Andrew Speight – Alto – rescheduled for 2012
October: Azar Lawrence , Tenor and Soprano
2010 Concerts:
April 25, 2010: Michael Aragon Quartet
May 23, 2010: One World Band
June 27, 2010: Jules Broussard
July 18, 2010: Alastair Ingram Quintet
August 29, 2010: pickPocket Ensemble
September 26, 2010: Michael Smolens’ earPlay Jazzquintet
October 24, 2010: Bennett Friedman Quartet
Click here to see previous performers. Click here or Reserve for the next concert. The concert location is revealed when you reserve seats; until then, to maintain our privacy, we leave it off the website. In general terms, concerts are held in the Brush Creek area of Rincon Valley in Santa Rosa. Thanks for understanding.
If you haven’t already subscribed to our emails, previewing upcoming concerts, please click Subscribe.  Join the BackYard audience for superb jazz artistry here in Santa Rosa in addition to the very fine programs sponsored by the Healdsburg Jazz Festival just up the road? Click here to let us know who you want to hear live. Our Next concert:
We can seat approximately 150 guests at each concert, depending on parking needs;  Wheelchair-accessible, too! Contact us for details.
Bringing Jazz to Our Backyard
All Outdoor concerts are scheduled between 2:00-4:30 on Sunday afternoons in Santa Rosa. Guests welcome at 1:30 for potluck lunch and opening band. If you are reading this announcement you are invited! But attendance is by reservation; the suggested minimum donation for each concert is only $20/person. That’s how the artists are paid for performing here. Guests typically bring a dish or beverage to share to help create an afternoon “potluck” for all – think late lunch. All but cost of chair rental ($100-$150) of the donated proceeds will go to the artists, $150 to the youth band, the rest to our headliners. There are plenty of umbrellas and shady spots and guests are welcome to dip in the pool on hot days to keep their natural  “cool.” Read our FAQ page for complete details. To receive invitations/address/directions you must reserve a seat separately for each concert.
Click Reserve to reserve a seat at the next concert. Reservations are only available for the very next concert. In case you have not already subscribed to our announcements, please click Subscribe so you’ll be alerted to any changes in the schedule, etc. See more about this on the FAQ screen.
And Providing an Opportunity for Young Artists As Well
Part of our vision is to create a setting that also inspires young or young at heart student musicians to pursue their interest in Jazz, so the BackYard Jazz series will also feature opening sets performed by outstanding college and high school musicians as well as some less well-known local groups.

Opening for the Dopgpatch will be an all-star group of students from the San Francisco State Univ. Jazz Program that Andrew Speight directs.

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So Join Us for Jazz: Subscribe, Volunteer, Be here….
Concerts: Guests are welcome at 1:30, Potluck – think lunch – and Opening Band starts at 2 PM, Headliner from 3-4:30. Click Reserve to reserve your seats (please read the cancellation policy in our FAQ and on reservation page.)
Volunteers: We appreciate volunteers who, apart from donating to support the musicians, donate a small amount of time to assist with parking, setup/cleanup, etc.; they get access to the best parking spaces and reserved seats of their choice at the concert. Click Volunteer to offer help.
BackYard Jazz hopes to have many musicians in attendance; those interested in performing should contact Gerry: [email protected]. Questions? Same place, or click Contact. We look forward to meeting you for jazz in our backyard.

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