2017 Jazz Experience at Lesher Center

  • Aug12
    Saturday 8:00 pm
  • Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Dr
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596 United States

It’s not Chicago, New Orleans or San Francisco. It’s Jazz Experience at Lesher Center. Diablo Regional Arts Association is proud to present for a sixth magical summer — jazz, the all- American musical art, played in concert by some of the world’s most gifted exponents of the form.

The series’ four shows are presented on consecutive Saturday evenings in August in the 300-seat Margaret Lesher Theatre at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek… so cozy that even in the last row you’ll feel close to the musicians — all having as good a time as you are.

Many of you have already subscribed to this series and we look forward to seeing you in August. We will be sending out highlights and fascinating facts of our 2017 lineup periodically as we get closer to the series.

Enjoy and, more, share the joy of jazz, the all-American musical art —played in concert by some of the world’s most gifted instrumentalists.




Terell Stafford Quintet

Saturday, August 5, 2017  

5:00 p.m & 8:00 p.m.

Our first performers of the season – Virtuoso trumpeter Terell Stafford Quintet Trumpeter extraordinaire Terell Stafford returns. He has performed with such luminaries as Kenny Baron, Diana Krall, and the Carnegie Hall and Vanguard Jazz Orchestras, and graced our stage with Cyrus Chestnut and the Clayton Brothers. Now he comes leading his own quintet, featuring saxophonist Tim Warfield and pianist Bruce Barth.


Cyrille Aimée

Saturday, August 12, 2017 

5:00 p.m & 8:00 p.m.

As a child, Cyrille Aimée wandered the gypsy encampments around Samois-sur-Seine, falling in love with the gypsies’ music, life, and freedom. Today, this jazz singer is internationally renowned for her unique, wild and improvisational musical vision.


Monty Alexander Trio

Saturday, August 19, 2017 

5:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

With the unmistakable rhythm and romance of the Latin side of jazz in his music and voice, Kingston, Jamaica-born pianist Monty Alexander delights a global audience with his joyful melody-making, soulful message, and vibrant personality.


 Warren Wolf/Edward Simon Quintet with special guest artist Tia Fuller

Saturday, August 26, 2017

5:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

With his exquisite mastery of the vibraphone, is Baltimore’s Warren Wolf, whose form and technique continue the lineage of great vibe players. Native Venezuelan, jazz pianist-composer-arranger Edward Simon creates supple interpretations of Latin America’s rhythms that transcend genre. The quintet features musically fearless, alto saxophonist-composer Tia Fuller.

Please go to to purchase tickets and to see and hear these amazing musicians.



To Secure your seats you can:
BEST DEAL! Become a new subscriber and get all 4 performances for only $130.
GO online to, go new Subscriptions page to purchase your subscription or individual ticket.

OR Visit or call the Lesher Center Ticket Office at 925-943-7469 from noon to 6:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Thank you for your being a part of Jazz at the Lesher Center and for helping DRAA bring thrilling programming to our Center.

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