The premiere jazz event of the summer is just around the corner. The 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival hosted by Jazz to be Green, brings the heat this summer with some of the hottest musical talents filling the stage for two full days of smooth jazz, R&B, and soul onAugust 7 through August 8 at Fairmount Park located at 2601 Fairmount Blvd. in historic downtown Riverside, Calif.
This year’s lineup includes:
Saturday, August 7 — Jazz pianist Marcus Johnson; saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa; guitarist/ vocalist Joyce Cooling; saxophonist Steve Cole; the Latin jazz sounds of Pete Escovedo & family; and the funky soulful sounds of Con Funk Shun.
Sunday, August 8 — Soul jazz pianist Gail Johnson; saxophonist Michael Paulo; American jazz fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan; Internationally-acclaimed Latin jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez; and the high energy R&B/funk group ZAPP.
In addition to the incredible talents on the main stage, attendees will hear local jazz and R&B acts on the second stage between headliner performances. A host of vendors selling various artisan items, as well as a variety of delicious food and refreshments will also be available for concert-goers to enjoy.
Jazz to be Green is a proud partner with the Lupus Foundation this year by contributing a percentage of the proceeds from the 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival towards this worthy cause. Lupus is a chronic disease which attacks the auto-immune system. An estimated 5 million people suffer from this life-threatening illness, and an estimated 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported world-wide each year.
Festival Director and Jazz to be Green President Darryl Bundridge is passionate about the cause.
Ultimate Jazz Festival ticketholders will not only have an opportunity to hear chart-topping musicians, but the satisfaction of knowing that they will also be supporting a worthy organization for future research and development in hopes of finding a cure to help those inflicted with this devastating disease.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.theultimatejazzfestival.com.