4th Annual Bill Douglass Memorial Jazz Picnic

Sierra Jazz Picnic in Nevada City, California’s Pioneer Park
to celebrate 
the jazz scene of Nevada County.
FREE CONCERT – $20 Suggested Donation

Sunday, June 16, 6-9 PM
Pioneer Park, Nevada City
Ellen Johnson
 Tommy Coster
Matt Langley
John DeBoer
Chris Golden
Tim Bulkley
Special Guest:
Nora Nausbaum


The Sierra Jazz Society presenst the 4th Annual Bill Douglass Memorial Jazz Picnic; the first since Bill’s passing in February of this year. Featuring vocalist Ellen Johnson, Saxophonist Matt Langley, Pianist Tommy Coster, Guitarist Ray Sayre, Bassist Chris Golden, Drummer Tim Bulkley and John DeBoer on Trumpet and featuring special guest Nora Nausbaum on flute. The show will celebrate Bill’s beloved jazz music in past, and present forms with an eye on what the future holds for explorers and creators of America’s Classical Music.

The Sierra Jazz Society was created in 2003 by Bill Douglass & Nora Nausbaum. Dedicated to Jazz education, presentation and promotion in Nevada County and the surrounding areas, the SJS has had a profound effect on the local music scene and we’re excited to keep the tradition alive AND honor our former artistic director & founder with this new tradition.

Admission to the concert will be FREE but we encourage a donation to support the artists and the mission of the Sierra Jazz Society. Pioneer Park is located at 421 Nimrod Street in Nevada City.

Ellen Johnson – Vocals. For over three decades, Ellen Johnson has enriched the arts as a multifaceted recording artist, songwriter, lyricist and esteemed educator. Recognized for her “superior jazz singing” by Jazz Journal International, she’s performed with jazz icons like Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Charles McPherson, and Roy McCurdy. An author of the acclaimed biography Jazz Child: Portrait of SheilaJordan, Johnson’s published lyrical contributions extend to Sonny Rollins and Charles Mingus compositions. Holding a Master’s degree, she has shared her expertise at esteemed institutions such as the University of San Diego, Cal Poly Pomona and the California Jazz Conservatory/Jazzschool. Discover more at www.ellenjohnson.net.

Tommy Coster By the age of 11 years old, Tommy had co-written his first published song with Carlos Santana, titled “Zulu”, which was included on Santana’s “Moonflower” album in 1977. He was later awarded his first gold album for his exceptional collaboration. After San Francisco, Tommy moved to Boston to study Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music.

After co-writing and producing several jazz records, Tommy decided to move to Los Angeles to start a new chapter in his musical career. In 1998 Coster scored his first film for Miramax, working with rapper Master P on, “I Got The Hook Up” One year later, Tommy started working with Dr. Dre which resulted in epic proportions. He co-wrote one of the biggest songs in hip hop history with Dr. Dre and Eminem, titled “The Real Slim Shady”. This catapulted Tommy into working with several other artists resulting in the sales of over 75 Million records.

Tommy is a 2X Grammy Award Winning writer with several gold and multi platinum awards, including a RIAA Diamond Award, certifying over 10 Million copies sold of the “The Marshall Mathers LP” in the United States alone. Only 150 projects in the history of the music business have ever reached this level of achievement.

Chris Golden – Bass
Chris Golden was born in Cleveland Ohio and raised in Eugene Oregon. The youngest member of a musical family, he enjoyed listening to his older brothers, sisters and mother play the piano, guitar, sing and play drums from a very early age. He began music lessons on piano at age 7 and also took an interest in playing drums soon after. By age 10 Chris had decided to take lessons on upright bass and received classical training until age 15 when he switched to playing the electric bass. Through his teenage years, Chris played in rock, r&b, reggae and jazz groups around town (including a top 40 cover band with his two brothers) until arriving at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Here he received a scholarship award and earned his bachelor of music degree in bass performance with additional advanced studies in jazz composition.

After attending college Chris spent several more years in Boston touring the Eastern United States and playing gigs around town as well as giving private instruction, until eventually moving to Los Angeles. It was here among the music scene in Hollywood that Chris’ carreer as a professional musician really began to take off. Chris can be heard performing on both electric and upright bass on several platinum and gold albums with such artists as Carly Simon, Engelbert Humperdinck and Art Garfunkel, as well as on the title track of Rod Stewart’s grammy-award-winning album “Stardust.” He has also done numerous TV show appearances, tours and has co-written a song entitled “Gemini” (with Guitarist Brian Kahanek) which is featured on the video game guitar hero II.

Tim Bulkley – Drums
Tim is known for a musical, intuitive approach to drumming.  He grew up taking piano lessons, taking art classes, singing in choirs & studying the drums.  His professional career as a musician started early and has stayed a constant for over 25 years. He has played and recorded with artists including Dayna Stephens, Michelle Amador, Goh Nakamura, Evan Francis, Anton Schwartz, The Invisible Cities, John Lester, Postmodern Jukebox, Adam Platt, Stacey Kent, Boz Scaggs, Peter Bernstein, Telepathy, Wil Blades, Dandelion Dance Company and BodyVox Dance.  Tim spent the years of 2006 – 2017 living and working in Brooklyn NY & 2000 – 2006 living and working in San Francisco CA.  Both have informed and inspired how Tim plays music & makes art.  Tim began making visual art in 2008 [ after a long hiatus since high school ] and has enjoyed exploring & growing there as well.  He has sold works to several individuals since.

Saxophonist Matt Langley relocated to Nevada City from southern Maine. Though he studied briefly with Lou Marini, David Baker, Ted Dunbar, and Stan Strickland, most of Matt’s education has come on the bandstand. He has recorded extensively with the Charlie Kolhlhase Quintet, his own group Color, with pianist Pandelis Karayorgis’ group System of 5, and with Mike Effenberger’s weirdturnpro. Mr. Langley has also shared the stage or recording studio with Ron Carter, Richie Cole, Fred Hersch, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Matt Wilson, Tiger Okoshi, Roswell Rudd, Dave Douglas and many others.