If you were, then you were treated to an array of great jazz at the Los Angeles Arboretum, The Redwhite+bluezz Jazz Festival was in full swing, featuring a diverse and great line up of World renowned artist such as: Lao Tizer featuring Violinist Karen Briggs, rwb allstars ( MJ Trib), Big Sams Funky Nation, Kevin Eubanks, Booker T, Everlast, and Stanley Clark. If Saturdayâ€™s line up wasnâ€™t enough and you desired more, then Sunday was certain to satisfy your jazz cravings. Appearing on the main stage, Grammy nominated artist, Doc Powell, Hubert Laws, Grammy winners, Rita Coolidge and Take 6. The everlasting sounds of Spyro Gyra, and Miss Sunday night finale Rachelle Ferrell.
The promoters of the Pasadena Redwhite+bluezz Jazz Fest, Andre C. Vener, Robert and Denise Zeilstra of Pasadena Entertainment and Byron And Christine Miller, werenâ€™t leaving anything to chance. Knowing that the crowds came to hear jazz, they kept the music flowing on a second stage. The Pasadena stage featured, Greg PorĂ©e, Jacques Lesure, Delgado Brothers, and Polyester Players. Rounding out Sunday on the second stage: Sacred Nation, Valerie King, Jose Espinosa, Dirty Dozen, and Lindsay Harper.
This crowd pleasing cast of artists came with their A-game, and meant to leave a lasting impression on the audience. I spoke with jazz enthusiast David Labat, owner of Fantasy Frames; a man that knows and loves his jazz. Familiar with all the local jazz concerts via attendance, he gave high praise to the whole weekendâ€™s event professing great admiration for Rachelle Ferrell, the finale on the main redwhite+bluezz stage saying, â€śMan, if you were not there to hear Rachell, you missed a great show. She did not let the audience down, her vocal ranges were just great! When she came on, the audience grew quiet, giving her just due, man and they were not disappointed. I liked the other acts, but Rachelle was the tops. You did not see anyone leaving early.â€ť
A memorable note, Sunday, August 29th would have been Michael Jacksonâ€™s 52nd birthday, redwhite+bluezz Co-Producer, Byron Miller, (an accomplished jazz musician), performed with the redwhite+bluezz all stars in a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Stated in the press release, Andre Verner who owns the acclaimed Pasadena Restaurant, Wine Bar and Jazz Club redwhite+bluezz, as well as the citys newest hot spots, Point 08 and Dog Haus, said, â€śI have been producing events at this outdoor venue for 15 years and know that the combination of the spectacular setting with performances by some of the worldâ€™s greatest artists will undoubtedly create a memorable experience unlike any other.â€ť If you love jazz, like jazz or were curious about jazz, this venue was the place to be.