Jazz & Grapes

6.10.11 SMG Jazz among Infl

Photo by Pat Currey
Influx, a local jazz band, will be playing at Jazz Among the Grapevines at Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction, which is a benefit series for the Art Center Guild. Influx will play on Aug. 16.



6.10.11 SMG Jazz among Infl.1

Photo by Pat Currey
Influx, a local jazz band, will be playing at Jazz Among the Grapevines at Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction, which is a benefit series for the Art Center Guild. Influx will play on Aug. 16.

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Influx has been playing at the Jazz Among the Grapevines concert series since the series began.

“We’ve had a blast,” said Jason McGlynn, the sax player in the band. “We played through a thunderstorm the first year and we’ve played the August gig every year since.”

Influx plays a wide array of jazz and blues. The band started out with seven or eight members, but in the last seven years, it stayed with four members — a sax player, a bass player, a drummer and a mandolin player.

“It’s a very different sound for a jazz combo,” McGlynn said. “The mandolin gives a very light, clean sound. It’s not as busy as a piano.”

The band is as likely to play Miles Davis as Duke Ellington or Van Morrison. The group plays a few original songs, too, but McGlynn says that with jazz music, the audience is usually more receptive to covers than original songs.

“We might go from some mellow, intricate piece to something that makes people get up and dance,” McGlynn said. “We do a combination because people want to do everything.”

Influx can accommodate either musical preference.

“This is a tough town to play jazz,” McGlynn said, which is why Jazz Among the Grapevines has become such a favorite venue for local jazz aficionados — who don’t often get to hear a live jazz band — and for the bands themselves.

The band has released two CDs, which it tries to have available at concerts. Donations are accepted for the CDs.

In addition to Jazz Among the Grapevines, Influx will also be appearing once a month at the Wine Country Inn.

What: Jazz Among the Grapevines
Where: Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway, Grand Junction
Ticket prices $10 in advance at The Art Center or Two Rivers Winery, also $10 at the gate

June 21
Harmonica Jazz with Manny and the Walt Smith Trio
July 19
Bryan Savage
Aug. 16
Influx
*all concerts start at 7 p.m.



Jazz music, an incredible view of Colorado National Monument and some pretty incredible wine. Is there any need for additional incentive to come to the Jazz Among the Grapevines concerts this summer?

If so, consider all the great things the Art Center Guild does for the children’s art events in the Grand Valley and remember that the concerts are the largest fundraiser for the guild.

The Jazz Among the Grapevines concert series is sponsored by Bank of the West and hosted at Two Rivers Winery. There will be three concerts throughout the summer. The June concert features Harmonica Jazz with Manny and the Walt Smith Trio. Bryan Savage will play at the July concert and Influx will finish the series in August.

Typical attendance is between 150 and 300 people. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs, picnics and snacks. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in, but there will be wine available for sale by the glass or the bottle.

The $10 tickets are available for sale in advance at the Art Center at Seventh Street and Orchard Avenue in Grand Junction and at Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway. Tickets will also be sold at the gate on the day of the event.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

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