Jazz Is Smokin’
The Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series has set a standard for big names and great performances in an intimate venue, but this 24th season just might boast their best lineup ever. It’s more than remarkable that a venue seating less than 600 can bring in the likes of Chris Botti, Bobby Caldwell, & David Benoit, Earl Klugh, Dave Koz, George Benson, Boney James, Peter White, and The Rippingtons, just to name a few.
Thornton Has Been Jazzing Wine Country Up For 24 Years
This Season Hosts and Boasts An Incredible Line Up
And a beautiful venue it is, with a Mediterranean terrace overlooking the Temecula Wine Country and terrific acoustics. You may have seen the great article here on the recent Mindi Abair show, and the Chris Botti concert this past weekend has been sold out for weeks.
But the show I truly cannot wait to see is coming up July 15th with David Sanborn & Brian Culbertson. Having seen them separately several times, the chance to see them on the same stage has even veteran jazz concert goers excited.
It’s quite an interesting pairing since they were born 32 years apart. Sanborn is about to turn 67, and Culbertson (despite looking like he’s in his 20’s) will be celebrating his 40th next January. Sanborn is one of the most celebrated, ‘iconic’ sax players in music with a Platinum album, eight Gold albums, and six Grammys. He also has played with everyone from Stevie Wonder to the Rolling Stones. Culbertson is an accomplished keyboard player who has toured with Dave Koz and other big names, but he also has twelve albums to his credit and his compositions are a staple of Smooth Jazz radio. His new album “Dreams” is due out June 12th, hence the name of their current tour “The Dream Team.”
Thornton Champagne Jazz series run through October 21st. Tickets are available at www.thorntonwine.com/jazz, with both general admission seats and gourmet supper packages are available. Most shows are on Sunday, but there are a few Saturday shows as well. Check back with TOT for more as this series continues.
Special Gourmet Supper Package
Do not miss their special supper package that is gourmet all the way prepared by the award-winning Café Champagne, is available during each performance. The package includes a reserved table under a covered patio, a three-course gourmet meal, tax and gratuity. Early reservations are highly recommended, as seating is limited.
If you have questions about the food or wine, please ask our knowledgeable staff. They will happily assist you in selecting the perfect wine to complement your meal.
For questions and reservations, call 951-699-0088.