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Auction Ends: Feb 27, 2010 04:00 PM PST

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Lunch with Capital Public Radio's Jazz Director Gary Vercelli

Item Number
CAP-1033
Estimated Value
$150 USD
Sold
$150 USD to banselmi
Number of Bids
14  -  Bid History

Item Description

The winning bidder will enjoy lunch at the Lemon Grass Restaurant with Capital Public Radio Jazz Music Director, Gary Vercelli.

Here’s your chance to give Capital Public Radio’s Jazz Music Director an earful of your programming philosophy while enjoying a bountiful dining experience at the Lemon Grass Restaurant.  Everyone knows Lemon Grass is Gary's favorite! At the conclusion of lunch you’ll receive a gift basket of premium compact discs including Miles Davis, Barney Kessel, Stan Getz, Jamie Davis, Blue Mitchell, Curtis Stigers, Benny Reid, and Luciana Souza.

Gary Vercelli knew at an early age that jazz was his passion. "In high school, there was a 24-hour jazz station in Los Angeles, when commercial radio and jazz were not the oxymoron they are today," says Vercelli, music director for KXJZ. "I used to listen to that station and think, one day, I'd like to work there." Eventually, he did.

While attending college at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Vercelli launched his radio career. "After graduating I worked at KCRW, an NPR affiliate in Santa Monica," he recalls. "While I was there, I coordinated 70 hours of weekly jazz programming and produced a pilot for NPR's Jazz Alive! series." Vercelli then accepted a job at KBCA, the commercial jazz station of his high school days. During this time, he also served as the L.A. correspondent for Down Beat magazine.

In 1980, Vercelli made his way to Sacramento as KXPR's jazz music director. For the next 11 years, in addition to supervising the station's jazz programming, he produced and hosted Jazz International, a popular nightly jazz program. When KXPR's sister station, KXJZ, hit the airways with a jazz, news and information format in 1991, Vercelli easily assumed the role of music director. Before KXJZ celebrated its fourth anniversary on the air, Vercelli had earned the distinction of jazz broadcaster of the year by Gavin, a respected industry weekly. In 1993, the same publication acclaimed KXJZ national jazz station of the year.

In spite of the recognition, Vercelli gently cautions jazz aficionados about taking the music for granted. "Now more than ever," he says, "it's important for listeners to support the station."

When he's not on air or previewing music for the station, Vercelli enjoys visiting the Bay Area, cooking and yoga, which he has studied for more than 20 years. "I also have an interest in wines, which is diametrically opposed to my Yoga interest," he laments with a grin. "I guess I'm a classic example of east meets west."

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