Monday, July 25, 2011

Bob Sheppard in concert at Descanso Gardens Aug. 4

Woodwind specialist Bob Sheppard has performed with many greats of jazz and pop, including Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell. He will headline a concert of straight-ahead jazz on Thursday, Aug. 4, at Descanso Gardens. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m.

Sheppard is in demand both as a recording and touring artist. His resume is lengthy – and his collaborations are prestigious. He has also worked with Steely Dan, Randy Newman, Herbie Hancock – the list goes on and on. Proficient in saxophone, flute and clarinet, he is on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and teaches music clinics at colleges across the country.

Music on the Main, the summer jazz series, continues Thursdays through Aug. 25 with a different jazz artist every week. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics (normally not allowed in the Gardens) and settle back to savor the performance.

Descanso Gardens is open extended hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through Aug. 25. The Camellia Lounge, featuring signature cocktails and light food fare, is open from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through Aug. 25. Enjoy signature cocktails, beverages, snacks and fabulous appetizers prepared by Patina.

Concerts are free with Gardens admissions: $8 adults, $6 senior/students, $3 children 5-12, free 4 and younger. No reciprocal gardens admissions after 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit

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