Experience Jazz at Lesher Center

Producer: Diablo Regional Arts Association
(Peggy White, Executive Director)
DRAA Jazz Chair: Tom Donahoe

Experience Jazz at Lesher Center 2017


TERELL STAFFORD QUINTET   |  August 5 • 5 PM and 8 PM

CYRILLE AIMEE  |  August 12 • 5 PM and 8 PM

MONTY ALEXANDER TRIO  |  August 19 • 5 PM and 8 PM

|  August 26 • 5 PM and 8 PM


The Diablo Regional Arts Association is committed to elevating the quality and professionalism of performing arts in Contra Costa County. Our support of drama, classical music, dance, and musical theater at the Lesher Center has enriched the community and helped to establish the Lesher Center as the cultural hub of the East Bay. But missing from the area’s performing arts scene is jazz as performed by instrumentalists and vocalists of the top rank. Now, in our sixth year as a presenter, DRAA is once again offering a concert series featuring internationally acclaimed jazz artists.

In July and August 2012, the first year of the jazz series proved immensely popular; the 8 pm series (originally the only series offered) sold out on subscription within a few weeks of its announcement, and a 5 pm series was then added, which also did very well. Inspired by that success, we proudly present our fourth exciting season in the intimacy of the 300-seat Margaret Lesher Theatre.

The Jazz Series started as a dream and became a reality with the help of visionaries who recognized this as an opportunity to further enrich our community with America’s great gift to the world of music. It is a thrill to be able to present these world-class artists who have enjoyed their experiences here as much as their audiences have. This landmark series is only possible because of the generosity and support of many.

Past Artists

Arturo Sandoval
John Pizzarelli
Wycliffe Gordon
Jane Monheit

Cyrus Chestnut
Stacey Kent
Eliane Elias
Stride Summit with Dick Hyman,
Mike Lipskin and Stephanie Trick

Karrin Allyson
John Pizzarelli
Clayton Brothers Quintet
Roy Hargrove

Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen
Cyrus Chestnut with Joel Frahm and Warren Wolf

Martin Taylor and Bucky Pizzarelli   

Geri Allen Quartet
Warren Vaché Quintet
Arturo Sandoval
Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing