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Covenant Winery Summer Music Series Announces July Calendar Berkeley, CA Drinks District is Hopping

5 July, 2022

Covenant Winery Summer Music Series Announces July Calendar Berkeley, CA Drinks District is Hopping Berkeley, CA  July 2022- The Covenant Winery Summer Music Series, which kicked off on Memorial Day weekend in Berkeley at their Sixth Street winery, continues through July with four concerts, July 3, 10, 17 and 24.  Showcased at the winery's new outdoor tasting lounge, fans of wine and music can enjoy the vibe of the Berkeley Drinks District, while sipping a nice array of California and Israeli wines.  Covenant founding winemaker Jeff Morgan, who owns the winery with his wife and CEO Jodie, has a deep history with music as a performer, specifically as a saxophone player. After a formal education at the French National Music Conservatory in Nice, France Jeff became a co-band leader for the house band in Monte Carlo at Prince Rainier’s Grand Casino in Monaco.   He took a hiatus from playing music for the last 25 years, but  during the recent Covid pandemic, he had some time on his hands and returned to his saxophone again. Today, a year later, Jeff has regained his playing chops. His funk band, Free Run, will perform July 17th and 24th this month. Other bands to be featured in the music series include Dave Eagle's Brazilian Trio de D and the original rock band, Felsen, with all musicians hailing from the Bay Area. For the complete Covenant Winery concert schedule, go to https://www.exploretock.com/covenant-wines/event/342902/summer-concert-series.  Performances take place between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets can be purchased in advance, and $20 will get you a glass of wine (choice of white, rose or red), light snacks and concert admission.  Advance reservations can be made at wine@covenantwines.com. Covenant Winery is located at 1102 Sixth St. in Berkeley, California. For images, interviews and information, please contact Kimberly Charles at 415-730-0064 or kcharles@charlescomm.com. #  # #  
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Covenant Winery Summer Music Series Debuts Memorial Day Weekend—Monday May 30

15 April, 2022

Covenant Winery Summer Concert Series Debuts Memorial Day Weekend—Monday, May 30th Eight Weekends of Live Music and Wine Starting with Parisian Jazz Pianist Franck AmsallemMay 9, 2022, Berkeley, CA - The Covenant Winery Summer Concert Series kicks off Memorial Day weekend in Berkeley with acclaimed French/American jazz pianist, composer and arranger Franck Amsallem. Franck has recorded ten CDs under his own name as well as a collaboration, "New York Stories," with (Berkeley’s own) Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, and Danny Gatton on Blue Note. Born in Oran, French Algeria in 1961, Franck grew up in Nice, France. He spent 20 years in New York City, where he played as a sideman with Gerry Mulligan, Charles Lloyd, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Chambers, Maria Schneider, Kevin Mahogany and Harry Belafonte as well as Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, Rick Margitza, and Blood Sweat and Tears. In 1992 Franck released "Out a Day", an award-winning trio CD with the late bassist, Gary Peacock, and drummer Bill Stewart. The recording established him internationally as an in-demand jazz pianist and composer. Franck returned to France in 2001, and his most recent album recorded there is "Gotham Goodbye", a quartet featuring Cuban saxophonist Irving Acao. It has garnered superb reviews worldwide. East Bay Connection What brings Franck to Covenant Winery, in Berkeley? In the mid-1970s, young Franck was part of a jazz big band at the French National Music Conservatory in Nice, France. Also in the band was Covenant founding winemaker (and saxophonist), Jeff Morgan, who eventually performed with Franck for some 20 years in New York and Europe before trading in his horn for a wine thief and a second career as a winemaker. But in 1987, the two musicians were co-band leaders for the house band in Monte Carlo at Prince Rainier’s Grand Casino in Monaco. Their last gig together was New Year’s Eve 1995 at Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City. That’s the year Jeff officially retired from the music business to become a wine journalist and winemaker. During the recent Covid pandemic, Jeff had some time on his hands and started practicing his saxophone again. It had been more than 20 years since he’d touched the instrument. Today, a year later, Jeff has regained his playing chops. He’ll be joining Franck at Covenant Winery for their first performance together in 27 years on May 30. Also performing will be Bay Area musicians Gerald Cleaver on drums and Jeff Denson on bass. “Franck and I have been best friends for nearly 50 years,” says Morgan. “But I’ve been steeped in wine for so long, I never thought I’d play music again—especially with Franck. It’s a little scary to get on the bandstand with one of the world’s top jazz pianists. But it’s also really exciting! I’m looking forward to this long overdue musical reunion.”    Other bands to be featured in the music series include the Cyril Grimsich Trio, Felsen, and Morgan’s own funk band, Free Run, featuring personnel from the Bay Area. For the complete Covenant Winery concert schedule, click here.  Performances take place between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Except for Amsallem’s Monday, Memorial Day appearance, all concerts are on Sundays. Door opens at 1:30. Tickets can be purchased in advance, and $20 will get you a glass of wine (choice of white, rose or red), light snacks and concert admission.  Advanced reservations can be made here. Covenant Winery is located at 1102 Sixth St. in Berkeley, California. For images, interviews and information, please contact Kimberly Charles at 415-701-9463 or kcharles@charlescomm.com.  
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