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Afternoon of jazz benefits Recovery Center

Provided to the TribuneGil Linsley will perform with The Jazz Group at the Sierra Recovery Center of South Lake Tahoe's fund-raising afternoon of Java, Jazz and Sweets Oct. 6 at Valhalla Estate.

Sierra Recovery Center of South Lake Tahoe will host an entertaining afternoon of Java, Jazz and Sweets from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 6. The fund-raising event will take place in the Valhalla Estate Grand Hall off Highway 89. While guests enjoy delicious desserts provided by Harrah’s and Caesars and sip java provided by Starbuck’s, they will be entertained with live jazz.

The program will feature two fabulous bands — one local and one from the Los Angeles area. Local musician Gil Linsley will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. with “The Jazz Group.” Linsley has been playing music most of his life and leading his own band since the age of 15 when he led “The Swing Teens” at Lake Arrowhead in southern California. He played in the house band of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in the early 1950s accompanying Louis Armstrong, Vic Damon, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dick Hayms, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra to name a few. More recently Linsley and his combo of Dan Lancaster and George Worth have been playing with Woodwind Cruises out of Zephyr Cove.

The “Jazzmagic” quartet, with veteran jazz bassist Steve Vasconcellos, will take the stage from noon to 2 p.m. He will perform with Reno’s Joel Edwards on saxophone playing everything from standard jazz classics to original compositions off of Vasco’s newly released CD “Soul Portfolio” on the Chakra Music label.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Sierra Recovery Center’s many programs. The nonprofit agency provides drug and alcohol abuse counseling and rehabilitation programs in both impatient and outpatient programs.

Tickets for this fun event are $25 each and are available from board members, from Sierra Recovery Center located at 972 Tallac Ave.; at Davey Paiva Realty, 2877 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite F; or at the Tahoe Montessori School, 848 Glorene Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For information call SRC at (530) 541-5190 x 0.

Parking is limited at Valhalla, so guests are asked to park at the entrance and hop on the shuttle that will be provided.

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