Denise Donatelli possesses that rare combination of sensuous tone, impeccable pitch and great jazz sensibility. She is truly an awesome jazz vocalist. Tom Scott
The unique event lets participants enjoy the olive-based culinary art of 30 amateur and professional chefs, purchase olive products from local vendors, taste the wonderful wines poured by 30 of the area’s wineries, watch cooking demonstrations by professional chefs, and hear live jazz performed by the Los Angeles Jazz “A Team” along with Donatelli.
The festival is presented by the Los Olivos Rotary Club, with all proceeds going to the Los Olivos Rotary Foundation for its many beneficial projects and scholarships. “We are thrilled by the return of Stefan Karlsson on piano and Bob Sheppard on sax, who will be joined this year by Jeff D’Angelo on the bass, and Dan Schnelle on drums. All of these musicians have performed with some of the biggest names in jazz and popular music. We were also delighted, but not surprised, when Denise won two Grammy nominations last year,” said Rotarian Peter Robins.
At 1 p.m., ticket-holders can enter the event area, receive their souvenir wine glass and plate, and then move from canopy to canopy to sample the vintners’ and chefs’ offerings with music in the background. Or they may take their plates and glasses to the shady seating areas in front of the band to focus on the musical artistry.
Like last year’s event, which drew more than 600 enthusiasts, the festival will offer great food, wine and live jazz, all for one all-inclusive entry fee of $50. This year there will be a limit of 650 people admitted to the event, and, since the event is likely to sell out again, those who are planning to attend are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance by calling (805) 895-0476 for check or credit card orders.