Champagne Jazz Series Returns to Temecula’s Thornton Winery


Remember that group called Jazz Attack that we mentioned in yesterday’s blog about the 2014 concert series at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif.?

Well, that same trio will open the 2014 Champagne Jazz Series at the Thornton Winery in Temecula, Calif., north of San Diego.

Peter White, Rick Braun and Euge Groove — collectively and individually — have been delighting smooth jazz fans for decades. Their sound is just perfect for an outdoor show on a warm evening, accompanied by sparkling wine and (for an extra charge) a gourmet supper.

Several other performers scheduled at The Mountain Winery also will be performing at Thornton, including Chris Isaak, Boz Scaggs and Trombone Shorty.

Here’s a look at the full Thornton schedule for 2014…

Saturday, May 17 – 7 p.m.
Jazz Attack featuring Peter White, Rick Braun and Euge Groove

Saturday, May 24 – 7 p.m.
Chris Isaak, with opening act

Saturday, June 14 – 7 p.m.
George Benson and comedian Alonzo Bodden

Saturday, June 21 – 7 p.m.
Lee Ritenour and Spyro Gyra

Thursday, July 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Boz Scaggs, with opening act

Saturday, July 5 – 7 p.m.
Kenny G, with opening act

Sunday, July 13 – 5 p.m.
Chris Botti

Saturday, July 19 – 7 p.m.
Pat Metheny Unity Group and Bruce Hornsby with Sonny Emory

Sunday, July 20 – 5 p.m.
Jesse Cook

Saturday, July 26 – 7 p.m.
Love & Soul featuring Norman Brown and Jonathan Butler

Saturday, August 2 – 7 p.m.
Bobby Caldwell and Keiko Matsui

Saturday, August 23 – 7 p.m.
Trombone Shorty, with opening act

Sunday, August 24 – 5 p.m.
Al Jarreau and Vincent Ingala

Saturday, September 13 – 7 p.m.
Returning Past Performer, with opening act Nick Colionne

Sunday, September 21 – 4 p.m.
Larry Graham and Euge Groove

Saturday, September 27 – 7 p.m.
Summer Horns featuring Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot

Sunday, September 28 – 4 p.m.
Summer Horns featuring Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot

Sunday, October 5 – 4 p.m.
Earl Klugh and Hiroshima

Saturday, October 11 – 7 p.m.
Returning Past Performer, with opening act DW3

Sunday, October 19 – 4 p.m.
David Sanborn, with opening act

To order tickets, click here.

I’ve attended several shows at Thornton through the years. This year, for the first time, I’m springing for the gourmet supper package when I attend the Chris Isaak concert on May 24. It’s a $75 up-charge, and the week following the show, I’ll let you know whether I thought it was worth it.

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