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Wrapping up jazz n’ blues

SCV summer concert series comes to an end

Posted: September 17, 2008 8:27 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Queens and princesses from the Miss SCV Scholarship Program offered face painting at the last Jazz and Blues concert of the season. Left to right: Little Miss Photogenic Treslei Rosale, Miss Teen Stevenson Ranch Amanda Eyrich, Little Miss SCV Second Princess Ashley Orandi, Little Miss SCV First Princess Jenna Dietrich and Miss SCV Scholarship...

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The final riff of the Lexus Jazz and Blues series echoed down Town Center Drive in Valencia on Sept. 5 signaling the end of the popular summer concerts. The annual event, held adjacent to the Hyatt Valencia, has attracted hundreds of Santa Clarita Valley residents during the hot summer nights to dance, eat, socialize and listen to a different performer each week.

The 12-week concert series began June 13 with Reno Jones. Artists who performed throughout the summer in the 7-9:30 p.m. concerts included Johnny Mastro and Mama's Boys, the Jeff Jensen Band, Gino Matteo, Doña Oxford, Louie Cruz Beltran, Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys, Lori Andrews JazHarp Quartet, Tom Nolan Band, Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps, The Delgado Brothers and Michael John and the Bottom Line.

"We've had some extraordinary sounds offered this year from some of the top jazz and blues recording artists in the world," said Jazz and Blues series producer Barbara Myler.

Myler said the 10th edition of the popular event was the "best ever."

"We've had more audience and more sponsors," she said.

The family-friendly concerts were free and offered a variety of interactive programming for the entire family, including a children's area.

The Paseo Club sponsored the children's area for the first half of the series and the city of Santa Clarita's Parkmobile was on hand during the second half of the series. During the final concert the queens and princesses of the Miss, Miss Teen, Little Miss, Mrs and Ms. Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Program offered face painting for children.

Continuing the tradition of supporting SCV's local charities, a portion of the weekly sales from the beverage bar, hosted by The Chamber of Commerce, was donated to a local non-profit organization. In the past nine years, nearly 30 different charitable organizations have benefited from the concert series.

Attendees also had the chance to win raffle prizes offered by the event sponsors.

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