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Pianist, trumpeter Jon Pemberton

Pianist, trumpeter and composer Jon Pemberton has been called one of the most versatile musicians in the Twin Cities. Those attending this Sunday’s, July 21, Jazz in the Vineyard concert, can get a sampling of his style and music. The music is from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Alexis Bailly Vineyard.  

In addition to leading his own quintets, The Pembertones and Tribute to Lee Morgan, Pemberton’s resume includes gigs with the Skatet, Shangoya, Size 6, Bobby Peterson, George Avaloz, Jim Marentic, Children of the Night, Imp Ork, Jack McDuff, Belinda Underwood, and David “Fathead” Newman, to name a few.

Equally comfortable in straight-ahead and avant-garde formats, Jon is also a dedicated educator, teaching private lessons on all the brass instruments, as well as piano.

Jon’s debut CD, On the Edge, was released to critical acclaim in 2010. The swingin’ piano trio date features stellar support from Twin Cities sidemen, Gary Raynor (bass) and Jay Epstein (drums). Tom Surowicz of the StarTribune wrote of the CD, “with the release of On The Edge, Pemberton will definitely be leading a double life. And that’s selling him short.”

The Jazz in the Vineyard series is held Sunday afternoons through the end of August at the Alexis Bailly Winery. The concerts will be held rain or shine.

The remainder of the schedule is:

July 28 – Imaginary Numbers with vocalist Barbara Meyer. Meyer has become the most popular vocalist at the winery. This is the first of two performances this year.  

Aug. 4 – Doug Little Trio. He’s new this year. Latin sax is his specialty.

Aug. 11 – Imaginary Numbers, with Barbara and Friends. Barbara Meyer returns.

Aug. 18 - Gondwana, the Alexis Bailly Vineyard house band, returns.

Aug. 25 – Jon Pemberton, with Jimmy Wallace on sax concludes the season.

The winery will offer a variety of picnic needs for purchase. All its wines will be available for tasting and purchase.

The Alexis Bailly Vineyard is located at 18200 Kirby Ave. Take Highway 61 south from Hastings to 170th Street, turn to the right. Drive two miles; as the road curves, it becomes Kirby Avenue. The winery is on the left side.