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Yosemite Jazz Band Kicks Off 22nd Season

OAKHURST — The Yosemite Jazz Band has been entertaining diners on the patio at the Oakhurst Pizza Factory for over two decades. They return to their old stomping grounds on Thursday, May 5, and will be delighting audiences throughout the summer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It all began in 1993 when The Yosemite Jazz Band established its roots in the mountain community of Oakhurst. Berl Howell, the band’s fearless leader, approached Ted Strauss and Jim Kirin about forming a traditional jazz band. Other local musicians came on board and it wasn’t long before the band was rolling.

In the summer of 1994, the newly formed band began its performances at the Oakhurst Pizza Factory, which has become an annual tradition. The band quickly gained a loyal following and many gigs ensued.

The band added more local musicians over the years, including Pat Mierkey, Jeff Gurule, James Mierkey, Larry Vaccaro and David Quinday. These guys have a lot of fun performing for their audiences.

The band’s repertoire includes an entertaining blend of Dixieland jazz, early swing, gospel, and traditional jazz favorites.

The Yosemite Jazz Band performs for dances, county and state fairs, jazz festivals, weddings, funerals, parties, church events, grand openings, and many other functions. No matter what your function or event, an entertaining performance by the Yosemite Jazz Band is sure to please.

“We are so excited to bring you the best Dixieland Jazz!” says Berl Howell. “Old friends and new friends, I can’t wait! Put us on the calendar now so you won’t forget.”

For more information, or to book the band for your special event, contact Berl at 559-642-2221.

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