Patio Sounds

Standing Stone Brewing Co. has expanded its summertime Jazz on the Patio series to include more varieties of music.

George Rubaloff, organizer of the annual concert series, says he wanted the music to be just as eclectic as the Ashland eatery's menu, so this year he added several Celtic, blues, flamenco and rock projects to the roster.

Shows will be at 3 p.m. every Sunday through September on the patio of Standing Stone, 101 Oak St., Ashland.

"Sitting on the patio on a beautiful, 80-degree day ... with the hills of Ashland in the distance and a breeze, it reminds me of my trips to Europe when I was younger," Rubaloff recalls.

The Gayle Wilson Trio, featuring Rubaloff's wife, vocalist and blues harmonica and melodion player Gayle Wilson, along with pianist Dal Carver and bassist Jeff Addicott, kicks off the Music on the Patio series Sunday, July 1.

"We specialize in vintage jazz classics from the big-band era of the '30s and '40s, sprinkled with jazz numbers and classic rock from the '50s and '60s," Wilson says.

The trio, which formed nearly a decade ago, has amassed a catalog of nearly 500 songs and can go months without playing the same song twice, Wilson boasts. This Sunday, people can expect to hear "Fever" by Peggy Lee, "Hey, Good Lookin'" by Hank Williams, "Meditation" by Antonio Carlos Jobim and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," made popular by jazz vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Diana Krall and now Wilson.

"It's the greatest collection of American music," Wilson says. "I'm particularly attracted to pre-'60s songs, part of what people refer to as the Great American Songbook. The composers who came out of that era are legendary. I could do an entire afternoon of just Irving Berlin or the Gerswhin brothers."

Wilson will play later this summer with Rubaloff, a guitarist, and Peter Spring, an upright bassist, as the Wilson-Rubaloff Trio. This project combines Wilson's love of vintage jazz with her husband's love of Django Reinhardt-influenced gypsy jazz.

This summer, other duos and trios will play Celtic (Generation Jones and Crossroads), flamenco (Dan Fellman and Grant Ruiz and Duo Flamenco), bluegrass (Fox Fire Trio), classic rock (LEFT Trio), jazz (Paul Schmeling Trio, Quartet of Two, The David Scoggin Trio and the Djangoholics) and a jumble of styles (Lincoln Trio).

There is no cover to any of the patio shows at Standing Stone. See or call 541-482-2448.

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