Sippin’ on Jazz & Juice

By Richard Mineards   |   April 9, 2024
Hosts Merryl and Chuck Zegar, Kristen Lee Sergeant, Ted Nash, and Nir Kabaretti (photo by Emily Gilman)

Santa Barbara Symphony maestro Nir Kabaretti hosted a Jazz & Juice party at the Montecito aerie of Chuck and Merryl Zegar.

The sunset soirée featured New York-based singer Kristen Lee Sergeant, a certified sommelier working in Manhattan’s top eateries who founded a wine label with Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ted Nash, called Two Notes, now in its fifth vintage.

The boffo bash, which celebrated wine, pleasure and inspiration – and was co-chaired by the ubiquitous Janet Garufis and Palmer Jackson Jr. – featured the tony twosome along with Ben Allison on bass and Steve Cardenas on guitar.

The talented troupe of instrumentalists are modeled after reedist-composer Jimmy Giuffre’s drummerless groups of the 1950s and 60s.

Among the bijou bunch of musical fans were Todd and Allyson Aldrich, David and Sharon Bradford, Peter and Kathryn Martin, George and Denise Lilly, Harrison and Leslie Bains, Dan and Meg Burnham, Gaja Hubbard Kabaretti, and Susan Jackson.

An enchanting evening hitting the right note…


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