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Temecula Valley Jazz Festival Starts July 7

The Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival (located in Southern California’s wine country between Corona and San Diego) will run July 7-9.

The festival features over 200 musicians and 25 concerts on nine different stages, some of them street stages and others at area venues such as the Old Town Coffee House. The festival will begin on Friday, July 7 with free outdoor concerts featuring the Latin music of Cuchata and the jazz of the Edmund Velasco Band. Later that evening, legendary jazz-blues innovator Mose Allison will perform at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.

An array of activities and performances are set for Saturday, July 8, including the Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award Competition, clinics and workshops sponsored by DW Remo and Conn-Selmer, and performances by two-time Grammy Award-winning Brazilian percussionist Julio Figueroa (pictured), Richie Cole with the Powder Blues Band, Latin-jazzer Johnny Blas, drummer Dick Berk, local songstress Sherry Williams and many more.

The festival will close out on July 9 with an additional performance by Johnny Blas and A Day of Gospel Music featuring Rodena Preston.

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