Especially when organizers at the American Jazz Museum present such a stellar music event. Staging and sound at the festival’s three venues clustered around 18th and Vine (the outdoor Main Stage and the indoor Blue Room and Gem Theater) were excellent. The flow through the grounds is well planned and executed. The friendliness and helpfulness of volunteers makes you feel like the event’s most important guest. The assortment of food and other vendors adds a welcome variety that other festivals lack. The one element out of organizers’ control, beautiful fall weather, capped the day.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at the photos below of local acts from each of the venues and the jazz and blues headliners on the main stage. As always, clicking on a photo should open a larger version of it.
The main stage with Hearts of Darkness
Hearts of Darkness commands the main stage early in the afternoon
The Groove Axis with Houston Smith on sax in The Blue Room
Book of Gaia. Left to right: Michael Warren on drums, Eddie Moore on piano, D'Andre Manning on bass, Nedra Dixon, vocals, Pam Watson, vocals, Angels Hagenbach, vocals, Karita Carter on trombone.
Book of Gaia in the Gem Theater
The vocalists: Nedra Dixon, Pam Watson and Angela Hagenbach
Blues headliner Lucky Peterson
Lucky Peterson mugging on the main stage
Lucky Peterson, with guitar, leaving the main stage...
...and joining the audience.
Lucky Peterson surrounded by hundreds of fans
Jazz headliner Roy Hargrove. Dig those shoes.
Roy Hargrove enjoys his quintet, with Larry Willis on piano, Justin Robinson on sax, Ameen Saleem on bass and (not seen) Willie Jones III on drums.
Justin Robinson and Roy Hargrove
Unexpectedly, Roy Hargrove sings
Pianist Larry Willis
Roy Hargrove on the main stage