the towne house lounge
Experience cozy evenings in the Towne House Lounge every night of the week featuring live music, local wines, premium cocktails and exceptional service.
We love Monday Nights, and we want you to join us! Kick off your week with an evening of drink specials, food specials, live music, and the Towne House Team… Monday Nights at Towne House are the perfect way to start your week!
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Monday – Shanna Carlson
Tuesday- Jazz Night; Shanna Carlson, Shelly Denny, and John McDonald with guest appearances and friends
Wednesday- Jim Martinez & Gill Lester
Thursday-Sunday- Kim Nejak
Shanna has been playing at Wine and Roses for over 12 years now, mostly as a solo performer, but the last 3+ years she's had her own trio for the Tuesday Jazz Nights. She has been singing and playing around the Bay Area for many yearsbut also inthe Northwest, in Sweden, Switzerland and Norway. Her own quintet performed at Stanford Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, other concert venues around the Bay Area. Shanna’s voice has been compared to Rosemary Clooney, at times June Christy, and is a story-teller, delivering a lyric which touches the heart, not only as a balladeer, but swinging, with a playful side. She has 2 CDs under her name (with several originals) and 2 CDs collaborating with other singers.
Gil, the featured bass player at the Towne House Lounge at Wine & Roses, has practiced his art in countless venues for more than fifty years. Gil’s early interest in jazz was sparked when hearing the Nat King Cole Trio with his parents in 1950—long before Cole’s musical talent was universally recognized. Gil was 8 years old at the time but knew then that jazz was his passion. As a high school student, Gil was working in jazz groups throughout the region—albeit illegally given his age. His talent was the draw for musicians far older than their younger counterpart. By the time he was a senior in high school, the Sacramento Symphony recruited him to their ranks. Gil majored in music at Chico State University but decided to pursue a profession in financial services. Having said that, his life-long passion has been music—jazz specifically. His group, the Gil Lester Trio, has produced several CDs that have been recognized locally and regionally. We are pleased to include his exceptional talent among our team at Wine & Roses.
While still in high school, John started playing with local professional jazz and big bands. In ’69 he signed with Elektra Records, playing with LA pop bands who toured with The Doors, Three Dog Night, Steve Miller Band, Taj Mahal and many others through the ’70’s. Currently he plays throughout the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area.
Kim Nejak has performed professionally for over thirty years in a variety of venues and locations. Her musical interpretations of standards, contemporary, light rock, and more, are drawn from a wide range of artists. Her warmth, engaging style and her beautiful piano and vocal interpretations offer a special quality to the Towne House experience for our guests.
Pianist Jim Martinez, from Sacramento, California, began his musical career at the age of four, receiving 18 years of classical training. He has amassed a list of musical accomplishments encompassing nearly all styles of music. Jim has thirteen CD’s to his credit, and is also a recording artist for PianoDisc.