About the Series

In 2012, the Diablo Regional Arts Association introduced "Jazz at the Lesher Center," an immediate smash hit.

In 2015 the DRAA presents another stellar lineup of artists, available by subscription
in a 5 pm series and an 8 pm series.

All concerts are in the 300-seat Margaret Lesher Theatre.  Subscriptions available soon!

2015 Schedule

Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orch. Sat, Aug 1 at 5 & 8 pm
Dick Hyman Quintet Sat, Aug 8 at 5 & 8 pm
Cyrus Chestnut Quintet Sat, Aug 22 at 5 & 8 pm
Martin Taylor & Bucky Pizzarelli Sat, Aug 29 at 5 & 8 pm

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Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra


Saturday, August 1 at 5 pm and 8 pm buy single tickets here




Formed in 1985, the CHJO is today’s hardest-swinging big band, composed of an
all-star lineup of Los Angeles-based musicians with three leaders: Grammy-winning
bass player John Clayton (Quincy Jones, Count Basie Orchestra, Paul McCartney,
Gladys Knight), multi-reed virtuoso Jeff Clayton (Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra,
Michael Jackson) and master drummer Jeff Hamilton (Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson,
Ray Brown). With its sizzling charts, this band will blow the roof off our small theatre!

artist's website  

Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen
Saturday, August 8 at 5 pm and 8 pm buy single tickets here





Legendary pianist Dick Hyman has recorded over 100 albums, and his film scores include
Moonstruck, Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Hanna and Her Sisters
and Radio Days. Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen’s credits include Rosemary Clooney,
Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell and Tony Bennett, and his CDs have won many awards.
Arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist, Ken Peplowski has played with Sonny
Stitt, Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and Madonna.

Mr. Hyman's website

Mr. Peplowski's website

Mr. Allen's website

Cyrus Chestnut with Joel Frahm and Warren Wolf
Saturday, August 22 at 5 pm and 8 pm buy single tickets here





Pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s soulful sounds, drenched in gospel and the blues, are a delight
both for serious jazz fans and for the general public. He has played with Wynton Marsalis,
Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Kathleen Battle, Bette Midler
and Isaac Hayes. Joining his trio will be the profoundly talented Joel Frahm (one of
New York’s top tenor saxophonists) and vibes virtuoso Warren Wolf (Wynton Marsalis,
Nicholas Payton, etc.)

Mr. Chestnut's website

Mr. Frahm's website

Mr. Wolf's website

Martin Taylor and Bucky Pizzarelli      
Saturday, August 29 at 5 pm & 8 pm buy single tickets here




The crème de la crème of jazz guitar duos! Widely considered to be the world’s top
“fingerstyle” artist, Martin Taylor’s tasteful, swinging style combines virtuosity and
wit. He has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards and his collaborators include
Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli and George Harrison. A true living legend,
Bucky Pizzarelli’s credits include Benny Goodman, The Tonight Show Band,
Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Les Paul and Paul McCartney.

Mr. Taylor's website

Google search for Mr. Pizzarelli