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July 17, 2019

Jim Hurley and Night Harvest to Open Tuesday Tunes Concerts

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:00 am

Tuesday Tunes opens its 2019 summer series on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:45 in front of the Bankhead on the Shea Homes Stage. Livermore native Jim Hurley and his original jazz quartet, Night Harvest, will play jazz and world music.

Tuesday Tunes is organized by The Livermore Cultural Arts Council. Shea Homes is the lead sponsor of this series, with additional sponsorships by Fremont Bank, TriValley Conservancy, UNCLE Credit Union, Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard, and The Independent. The full schedule can be found at www.lcac.org.

Jim can also be heard with The Front Porch Drifters, featuring winemaker Karl Wente. The combined Las Positas College orchestra, jazz band and dance department performed Hurley's Modern American Nutcracker for their 2013 Holiday concert. Jim collaborated in October 2014 with alumni of Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship and The Tubes as Whograss, for a unique show at S.F.'s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

Jim began his music education in local public schools. He later studied violin with Dr. Madeline Schatz, a student of Jascha Heifetz, and earned his B.A. Music from Humboldt State University in 1981.

He has performed with Queen Ida's Grammy-winning Bon Temps Zydeco Band, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with Jon Anderson from Yes, Dan Hicks, Al Stewart, Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, Stanley Jordan, Zhao Hui, the Waybacks, Tempest, and Ancient Future.

He has appeared on Saturday Night Live, at the New Orleans and Monterey jazz festivals, the Philadelphia, Winnipeg and Strawberry folk festivals, a few stadiums, some European castles, and numerous other venues, large and small, in 15 countries. His playing is featured on many dozens of recordings.

Night Harvest re-brands as The Surly Jackasses to back singer/songwriter Suzanna Spring.

Jim also serves as Artistic Director and instructor for Music Pathways, a non-profit music education foundation, affiliated with Livermore Valley Education Foundation.

Next up on June 18 is Matt Finders and Friends playing Jazz, Blues, Funk and Latin. As always, the City of Livermore’s Municipal Code regulates alcohol in public areas.

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