I know I am a very fortunate mortal, and am reminded of this every moment. One of the more tangible reminders for me is the Evergreen Jazz Festival in the Colorado city of the same name, happening very soon — July 25-27, in fact. Here is the link which tells you all the exciting necessary details. Tickets are still available. Plane flights are still possible. There is going to be so much lovely hot and sweet music that I know I won’t get to more than a small percentage of it.
The Festival is arranged so that each band plays eight sets over three days in five venues (is there a math major in the house?) ranging from intimate to large, with room for energetic swing dancing.
I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing 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,, and Chris Calabrese)
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
If we’ve never met or if we have, come say hello! I love meeting my readers in person. I will be wearing brightly colored clothing; I will be intent and silent and beaming behind a video camera . . . while the music is playing. Otherwise I admit to a great deal of speech. Anyway, it would be lovely to meet more JAZZ LIVES friends in the mountains of Colorado.
May your happiness increase!