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Jazz Festival Features L.A. Saxophone Player

The 2012 Jazz Festival Mini-Series rolls on with the return of L.A. area saxophone player Mark Monreal, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., at the River Creek Clubhouse in Ahwahnee.

If you didn’t catch Monreal’s performace at the Queen’s Inn on Aug. 9, be sure to put this one on your calendar.

This is the third in a series of six mini-concerts sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Due the great response to the Yosemite International Jazz Festival last year, the Chamber is hosting this series at various venues throughout eastern Madera County every other Thursday this summer.

“We’re very excited about these concerts,” said Colette Goga, chairman of the committee.We have some quality acts that jazz lovers will truly appreciate.”

The next concert will be at the Clubhouse at Yosemite Lakes Park on Sept. 13. Niteflight and Take 5 will perform at the lakeside venue.

The concerts return to the Queen’s Inn By the River on Sept. 27 when Scats on the Sly perform their popular brand of jazz.

The series then wraps up at Sierra Sky Ranch in Oakhurst on Oct. 11 when the Rich Severson Band takes the stage to close things out.

“Combine the great music with the scenic venues, and each concert promises to be a memorable evening,” said Goga.

Tickets cost $20 per person for each concert. Doors open at 6 pm and concerts start at 7 pm. Special VIP preferred seating is available for $50 for two people that will also include a bottle of Yosemite International Jazz Festival Wine. This specially branded wine will also be available for sale at each venue.

For more information, visit, or or call the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce at 559-683-7766.

Location: River Creek Golf Course, 41709 Road 600, Ahwahnee, CA

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