I’m very excited to be going to the 2014 Evergreen Jazz Festival — that’s Evergreen, Colorado, near the end of July. The last time I visited that state was also for rewarding jazz — I have fond memories of Sunnie Sutton’s Rocky Mountain Jazz Party — so my mind automatically associates Colorado with good music and new friends.
The Festival is arranged so that each band plays eight sets over three days in five venues (I can’t do the math; perhaps some of you can) ranging from intimate to large, with room for energetic swing dancing.
I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing some artists whose music I admire greatly:
JAMES DAPOGNY’S CHICAGO JAZZ BAND (with Jon-Erik Kellso, Kim Cusack, Russ Whitman, Chris Smith, Rod McDonald, Pete Siers)
“IVORY & GOLD”: JEFF AND ANNE BARNHART
BIG MAMA SUE (I know her as Sue Kroninger, and she’ll be joined by Eddie Erickson, Chris Calabrese, and Clint Baker)
PETER ECKLUND TRIO
and some bands new to me that come highly recommended:
AFTER MIDNIGHT (reminiscent of the Goodman Sextet)
QUEEN CITY JAZZ BAND with Wende Harston
JONI JANAK and CENTERPIECE JAZZ
HOT TOMATOES DANCE ORCHESTRA
YOUR FATHER’S MUSTACHE BAND
Filmmaker Franklin Clay made a very expert video of the 2012 Festival that you can see here. Although the 2014 lineup is different, the video shows what the Festival feels like better than ten thousand words would.
And here’s Jenney Coberly’s film of the 2011 festival:
Elsewhere on the Festival site, there is appealing news for those people trying to hold on to their dollars until the eagle grins: discounts apply to tickets ordered before May 31, so the race is indeed to the swift. (You need not be swift to attend the Festival: I see there is a shuttle between venues.)
I will say more about this as the calendar pages fall off the wall, but I wanted to tell JAZZ LIVES readers about good times sure to come.
May your happiness increase!