Clos La Chance has a series called Tunes on the Terrace

The Sobrato Murphy Marching Band practices before a recent performance. Tuesday, Dec. 3, Facebook will match dollar for dollar for every donation made on the student band’s Facebook page.
Photo courtesy Sobrato Murphy Marching Band


By Mark Fenichel

It’s hard to believe the holidays are here and soon we will be making our New Year’s resolutions. Besides everyone’s usual ones like lose weight, get healthy, quit smoking, and be kind to everyone, what are some of the other things that are important?

For me it’s basic, keep playing the music I know and love, and stop buying more musical equipment, including guitars. The other thing is to let go of some of the guitars in my collection. They are all great and have become like family, but a number of them must go.

Some of the wineries that have summer music events are continuing with live music indoors and in their tasting rooms. Clos La Chance has a series called Tunes on the Terrace on various Sunday afternoons through the end of the year. (Check their website for details and dates at www.clos.com.)

Bubbles Wine and Brew has a winter music series lined up inside their facility from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Satori Cellars has one more show listed on their calendar with Randy Sauro (an act worth checking out) Sunday, Dec. 7, and then will likely resume after winter.

The South Valley Symphony will be warming up the season with their “Spirit Of Music 2: Holidays” concert Dec. 14 that features seasonal favorites and classical sounds highlighting local vocalists Sandra Marlowe and Ted Sanchez. Ticket sales are brisk so get yours while they are still available in Gilroy at Porcella’s Music or First Street Coffee, in Morgan Hill at the Chamber of Commerce or at BookSmart.

On another note, Yes Yogurt will be donating 25 percent of every purchase in December to your school of choice. Just mention this at the register and tell them what school should receive your money. Yes Yogurt is located in Morgan Hill next door to Five Guys, 775 Cochrane Road, Suite 120.

San Jose Jazz has announced their line-up for Winter Fest 2020 coming from Feb. 14 through 29, with more than 20 concerts. Shows include: Miguel Zenón Quartet; “Sonero;” Quincy Jones Presents Sheléa, with SJSU Jazz Orchestra; Georgia on My Mind; The Music of Ray Charles; International Guitar Night featuring Mike Dawes; Cenk Erdogan; Olli Soikkeli & Jim Kimo Wes; Stacey Kent; Halie Loren; Aaron Abernathy; Matt Wilson’s “Honey and Salt” Quintet; Shayna Steele; The Revelers; Black String; Los Hermanos Arango; SJZ Collective Plays Weather Report; Yuko Mabuchi Trio; and some of the Bay Area’s foremost youth jazz ensembles.

For details visit  www.sanjosejazz.org/winter-fest.

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Mark Fenichel