Tony Saunders’ CD release party w/ Special Guests Nils, Dave Ellis and Gail Jhonson, and Hosted by's, Sandy Shore! RESCHEDULED


Sep 17 Fri
Tony Saunders’ CD release party w/ Special Guests Nils, Dave Ellis and Gail Jhonson, and Hosted by's, Sandy Shore! RESCHEDULED6:00 PM
Blue Note Napa
Photo Credit: Bob Minkin
Tony Saunders’ CD release party w/ Special Guests Nils, Dave Ellis and Gail Jhonson, and Hosted by's, Sandy Shore!
Tony Saunders, two-time Emmy® Award winning bassist, composer, producer and son of legendary Bay Area keyboardist Merl Saunders, is back romancing the bass with his fourth release on San Francisco Records. Saunders’ new album Sexy Somethin’ yields a crop of new songs and collaborations.
 Join Tony for an exciting show with special guests smooth jazz guitarist extraordinaire Nils, sax man Dave Ellis and keyboardist Gail Jhonson. The band also features guitarist Vernon “ice” Black and Austin White on drums.
All Original 2020 Shows & Jan 17 2021 @ 6:30 pm will be honored for Friday Sept 17th @ 6 pm.

Ages 8+

BLUE NOTE NAPA is located on the 1st floor of the Historic Napa Valley Opera House at 1030 Main St. We are an intimate 144-seat Live Music club and Restaurant, where you can enjoy performances of world renowned and local Bay Area artists alike. We offer a full menu with an elegant wine and cocktail list. Enjoy fantastic main courses, sharing plates, and desserts while you take in a show.
  • All ticket prices are per person.
  • Dinner is served in all sections.
  • Your ticket is also your dining reservation.
  • Every Ticket does get a seat in area purchased.
  • Our Seating Policy is First Come, First Seated in area purchased.
  • We recommend arriving 30 min before door time to get best choice of seating. 
  • We do not have a standing room only section
  • Pairs are sat across from each other, not next to each other.
  • No Refunds, Professional cameras or outside food and drink.
  • Ear Plugs are available for free at the Box Office
  • Any special needs or accommodation requests, please call our Box Office.
  • A portion of all ticket fees goes to the historic preservation of the Napa Valley Opera House.
  • Tickets are the same price whether purchased in person, over the phone or online

“Sapphire” Booth Seating: Booth seating for parties of 4, 5- 6 persons
Premier level of seating! Sold only in units of 4 or 5/6, and are not available as singles or pairs. You will be seated when you arrive. (Dark Blue on map)
“Royal Blue” Center Table Seating: Center table area in front of stage: Pairs are seated across from each other.  (Light Blue on map)
Standard Side Table Seating: Side table areas left and right of center section: Pairs are seated across from each other.  (Yellow on map)
Bar Area Seating (only 21+ may sit at bar):
Great View! Bar Chairs are tall with backs and comfy padded seats. Purse hooks too. (Pink on map).

1030 Main Street, Napa CA 94559
Box Office: 707.880.2300 (Wed - Sat, 2:30-9:00 pm, Sun, 1 hr. before doors & 30 min after show begins)

Tony Saunders Band

Tony Saunders’ life story could be the script to a hit movie.  Son of legendary keyboardist and composer Merl Saunders, Tony’s life has been a musical adventure.  
As a child he was taught piano by Herbie Hancock, and for his tenth birthday he was given an electric organ ​​from Sly Stone.
Growing up around his dad and the Fantasy Records family of artists,  he was constantly surrounded by music royalty, including famed record and film executive Saul Zaentz.  
Tony’s passion for the bass guitar began when he started sitting in on recording sessions with musicians like Anthony Davis, who played with Walter Hawkins, and Lee Miles of Miles Davis fame.  
“I got to see them both in the studio on a project my dad was producing.  
These guys had a feel that drew me to the bass. "That’s all I wanted after seeing them play."

Tony graduated from the prestigious Conservatory of Music in San Francisco as a piano player, but soon began honing his skills on the bass. He was influenced by the sounds of James Jamison, Stanley Clark, Jack Cassidy and others.  Tom Fogarty of Creedence Clearwater Revival gave him his first bass guitar. Chuck Rainey and John Kahn both took an interest in Tony, giving him bass lessons and a legacy to live up to.
By time he was 17 he was playing his first gig with Jerry Garcia and his dad in the Merl Saunders / Jerry Garcia Band.

Tony's musical journey has continued on from that era through to the present.  He has played and recorded with an astounding list of great musical talents, including Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Jo Sample, Chaka Khan, Ringo Star,  Bo Diddley, The Hawkins Family, and others too many to count. "This just touches the edge of who I have been blessed to play with", says Saunders.  Tony has played on hundreds of albums, won two Emmy® Awards for soundtracks, and written award winning commercial jingles and movie scores.

Tony continues to record his own projects and produces for an impressive list of talent at his state of the art studio in Northern California.