Monday, August 29, 2005

Jazz Festival: Reviewers Wanted

The 3rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival is almost upon us. If you haven't seen a schedule yet, there are plenty at the library - or you can check

Aerial Acoustics , a guitar duo, kick off the festival on Thursday, Sept. 8. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the opening session. I think this would be a great opportunity for some of you to get involved with this Blog. How about - you can write reviews of the shows at the library? Or for you nightbirds who believe that things don't start cooking until the last set -tell us about the shows at the local venues. Your thoughts about the performances, the venues, and the festival in general will help make the next one a better event.

Speaking of the Jazz Festival, I had the opportunity to do a "stop and chat" (a subtle reminder that Curb Your Enthusiasm will be starting a new season shortly)with Mike Barnett, the other day. Barnett is very excited about opening the Saturday lineup at the library. He, like so many of the performers have played in front of larger crowds in more prestigious venues. Yet playing in his hometown and being part of this local effort gives him great satisfaction. He is proud of the growth of this festival and feels that it will continue to generate "buzz" among musicians and music lovers.

An interesting blend of styles will be on display throughout the day. Barnett will lead his quartet through a set of traditional jazz and will be followed by Long Island's favorite blues band, The Kerry Kearney Band. Festival coordinator Steve Adelson will display his Chapman Stick virtuosity at 2:15 and promises some "special guests," as well. The Stephane Wrembel Trio will do their gypsy swing thing, before John Favicchia's Dharma All-Stars present their Latin/funk fusion sound to close the days events at the library.


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