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Jazz at The Merc Series

Each Thursday at 7:30pm I host a different jazz group in the intimate space known as "The Merc". The Mercantile, located at 42051 Main Street, is one of Temecula's original buildings and has been beautifully restored. It's a great listening space with a wonderful piano, and you hear world class straight ahead jazz there every Thursday evening. Tickets are available at the Old Town Temecula Theater box office and online at ALL TICKETS ARE $15
June 15 - Carol Bach-y-Rita with guitarist Roberto Monteiro and Ana Barreiro, drums
June 22 - Yve Evans with Larry Washington and Brad Bobo
June 29 - "Trio De Janeiro" - Lori Bell with Ron Satterfield and Tommy Aros
July 6 - Kait Dunton Trio with Jake Reed, drums and Cooper Appelt, electric bass
July 13 - Roy McCurdy Quartet with Ricky Woodard sax, Richard Sears, piano and Mike Gurolla bass
July 20 - Sharon Marie Cline with Rich Eames and Luther Hughes
July 27 - Paulette McWilliams with the Nat Adderly Jr. Quartet
August 10 - Bob Boss, Charlie Owens, Marshall Hawkins and Rose Colella
August 17 - Leslie Lewis Trio
August 24 - Ron Kobayashi Trio featuring Baba Elefante, bass and Steve Dixon, drums
August 31 - Josh Jurkosky Trio
September 7 - Patrick Berrogain Trio
September 14 - Chris Dawson Trio
September 21 - Al Williams Quartet

This venue is a great "listening space" in Temecula that allows the audience to really hear what the musicians are saying, so to speak. I've been moved by the love the listeners give the performers and how the artists respond by taking it up yet another notch. Thank you for taking the time each week to support each other and this venue. It's a fun hang! You get to meet your neighbors and friends, drink the local wine, trade jazz stories, solve the problems of the world.... well, sometimes.

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Article about Jazz at The Merc 4/15/10 - April 21, 2010

In the early 1900s it served as Temecula's general store, later dubbed The Mercantile, the place to buy a sack of flour, tin of cling peaches, and a dill pickle from the pickle barrel. Over the years it’s had several incarnations. For most of my life it was an antique store, a place to buy an old cavalry canteen or a lace doily for a pie-crust table. The brick building, built before earthquake codes, wasn’t safe, so the city thought to tear it down. But people rallied for its rescue, and at considerable expense, it was reinforced to make it safer. Now it’s called The Merc, part art gallery, part music venue, one of the best of its kind anywhere. Last night, for Thursday night is jazz night, I went to hear the Gunnar Biggs Latin Jazz Quartet at The Merc. I bought a fruit and cheese plate and a bottle of water, and sat with Gunnar’s wife, Bonnie, and other friends at a front-row table -- Gunnar is a buddy. Something about the old brick walls gives the house a soulful acoustic. Something about Latin jazz fills my soul with something akin to joy. Sit and listen to crazy-good musicians at the top of their game spin webs of musical complexity while bopping along to the Latin beat and get transported. A stellar night of music, a night when sitting still is tough.
---Gordon Johnson

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