Noche Mexicana! Saturday, May 30!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Noche Mexicana

with Revolution Wines

Revolution Wines is hosting the fiesta of the summer with some Latin spice! This Saturday the tasting room at the Sacramento urban winery will be ready to mix things up with tacos, salsa dancing and sangria.

Yemayá Dance Studio founder, Emelie Andagan, and her dancers are set to perform and provide a dance lesson to keep the evening moving, while Revolution Wines provides a taco bar and special sangria created straight from their winery. The tasting bar will be open all evening and wine will be for sale by the glass or by the bottle.

TIME: 7:00 PM

PLACE: Revolution Wines, 2116 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Available at
$12 general admission
$10 students, Revolution Wine Club and S.I.F members
$15 at the door

It’s all about Ellington TONIGHT!

Tonight The Institute will be hanging out at Revolution Wines with Adam Jenkins. We’ll be listening to some great jazz and enjoying wine and food. There are still tickets available, but they’re going quick, so get yours now!

This is the time to brush up on your jazz knowledge before the Jazz Jubilee in May!

See you tonight at 7 PM at Revolution Wines (2116 P Street)!

Stew of Sounds Wrap Up!

Friday night, Adam Jenkins taught his Jazz History class, “Cooking Up a Stew of Sounds” to a full house at Revolution Wines. Everyone there had a great time, and learned about the fascinating history of Jazz, from the 1700s to the present day.

Here are the lists of recommended listening from the class:


Cooking Up a Stew of Sounds: A Brief History of Jazz

Our Jazz “De-mystified” event in December was a hit! So to get all of you Sacramento jazz-lovers out for another great night of music and fun, we’ve asked Adam Jenkins to join us again for a night of jazz history!

In this multimedia presentation, composer and musician Adam Jenkins will teach us about the music, the politics, and the personalities that created and shaped jazz. The course includes food, and wine will be available by the glass for $4 or bottle at special Institute of Fun price!

When & Where:
Friday, January 23, 2009
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
At Revolution Wines
2116 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Ticket info:
$24.95 in advance; $30 at the door
Revolution Wine Club members and students: $19.95 in advance; $25 at the door

Institute of Fun Video: What is Swing?

From the December 5, 2008 Jazz De-Mystified event.

Interview with Adam Jenkins, Part 2

In part 2 of my interview with jazz musician and composer Adam Jenkins, I ask what keeps Adam interested in music, what he thinks of the Sacramento jazz scene, and “When are you supposed to clap?”. Adam also talks about what you’ll learn if you come to the Jazz De-mystified event on December 5!

Interview with Adam Jenkins, Part 1

In this first part of my interview with Adam, I ask him the burning questions everyone wants to know about Jazz, including, “What’s wrong with Kenny G?”

The background music is a track composed by Adam from his CD “Philly Sessions Vol. 1”.



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Introducing the Institute and Jazz De-mystified

Featuring a song written by Adam Jenkins and performed by the Jenkins/Brown Quintet from their album, Philly Sessions Vol. 1.


Please let us know if you have any problems viewing this podcast. We’re planning to make these podcasts a regular feature on the site. Next week’s podcast will feature an interview with Adam Jenkins.

Jazz De-mystified or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Groove

Enjoy an evening of jazz and learn more about what makes the genre so unique and vibrant. Local musician/composer and educator, Adam Jenkins along with his quartet, will spend time talking about and demonstrating how to listen to and appreciate jazz. Accompanying Adam will be a select group of some of the regions best jazz musicians.

So join us for an evening of great music, good food and wine and of course, fun.

Adam Jenkins writes:

I have often been asked, “How do jazz musicians seem to all know where to come back in with the melody after the solos?” Or, ” Do you guys play the melody and then just make stuff up after that?”

These and many other questions will be addressed in a fun evening of music. No previous knowledge of music is required. Part class, part concert, all fun, we will have a live jazz quartet that will demonstrate how jazz music is “put together”. We will cover how a Jazz Tune is organized, the role of each instrument in the combo (Horn, Piano,Bass,Drums), what improvisation is and what it’s not, (it’s not “just make something up” ).

Where & When

Date: Friday, December 5, 2008
Time: 7pm-9pm
Place: Revolution Winery
2116 P Street, Sacramento, Ca
Cost: $40 per person
$30 for students and Revolution Wine Club members

Purchase tickets via PayPal:

Ticket Type

Or, send a check payable to Chris Minnick to:

2012 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

We will mail your tickets to you if purchased by 12/1/08. After that, we will hold them for you at the event.

Download the press release.