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420 Jazz Soiree

By Patte Purcell

Palm Springs, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/26/18 – The last 420 Jazz Soiree at Venus de Fido in Palm Desert was such a success that I decided to do another one. On Monday, March 5 from 4:20 to 7:20, 3 national jazz and blues celebrities will perform. The line-up starts  with smooth jazz superstar  Blake Aaron. He will be joined by an ‘A List’ band including Hans Zermuehlen on keys, Darryl Williams on bass and Dave Hooper on drums. These band members play with the biggest names in smooth jazz.


Blake is a recording artist and is in his seventh year as host of the popular syndicated Blake Aaron Live with Tina Anderson. He was the guitarist for Mad TV for 14 years. LA Times dubbed him ‘A genius on the guitar’.

I promise he will move you. Blake is bringing a special celebrity guest saxophonist. You know him and love him, but you will have to come and see for yourself who it is! Smooth jazz crooner Slim Man will be stopping by to sing a couple of his biggest hits too.


In the “Garden” outdoors we feature the beautiful and talented Gretje Angell, vocalist from LA, and her pianist. Gretje sings for the Los Angeles Opera and has a melodic voice that brings perfection to jazz and Latin Jazz vocals. Her cool demeanor and stunning beauty evoke ‘siren singers’ from the twenties. Gretje has been a guest artist with Jeff Goldblum in his show and performs regularly in LA. She has the perfect vibe for the outdoor garden which is one of the favorite spots for the soiree.

In the grand lobby area I will again be featuring the blusion superstar Deanna Bogart on the Grand piano. If you haven’t heard Deanna she will knock your socks off. This talented lady plays an incredible piano in a boogie woogie style. She also plays sax and also guitar. She was so popular at the last one I had to bring her back. Some of the local musicians including Michael Di Angelo sat in and sang while she played. It had the feel of a great house party. No one does it better then Deanna. So she’s back.

All of this over the top great music and this great party is for the 420 industry and medical marijuana patients. It gives the people in the budding cannabis industry a place to meet with investors and others who are in the business or looking to get into it a place to meet.

Sponsors and vendors include dispensaries, manufacturers, growers and more to showcase their product lines to industry professionals and new medical marijuana licensed guests. In addition CBD sponsor are showcasing a huge range of hemp based products for humans and pets. All guests are welcome to receive samples of CBD hemp products and licensed medical patients can enjoy cannabis samples if offered.


It’s a friendly atmosphere to meet like-minded people, explore new products, and enjoy the finest jazz in the desert. It starts at 4:20 in the afternoon and ends at 7:20 so you’ll have plenty of time to get home early. The audience is older, sophisticated and well dressed; the influencers of the desert.

Participating sponsors, include: (ore to be added). Citidank Dispensary, Caviar Kids Collective, Mystic Valley CBD, Desert Flower Delivery & Angel’s Edibles, Coachella Valley Weekly, San Diego High Life Collective, Melissa Etheridge’s “Know Label” Cannabis Wine  (tinctures), Desert Hot Springs Inn “Soak and Toke”, So Cal Clone House, Icon Presentations Sound and Lighting, Debra Granillo Braid Bar, and Carlson ‘Total Harmony’ CBD Products.


This is a private party not open to the public. If you’d like to get on the list, send a text with your name and email to 1-702-219-6777. We have a great time.

Patte Purcell


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