Rainbow Promotions presents the 23rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival August 13, 14 and 15, 2010. The Festival again takes place at the lovely seaside setting of Rainbow Lagoon Park on Shoreline Drive in Long Beach, California. As with previous Long Beach Jazz Festivals, the 3-day music extravaganza has a special theme and focus—“ Jazz Up Your Summer”—as the exciting and evolving genre of Smooth and Straight Ahead Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Music takes center stage with a lineup that is clearly the cream of the crop. Featured are some very special performances this year, The Original Jazz Crusaders will make their first Southern California reunion appearance, An All- Star Tribute to Grover Washington Jr, Al Jarreau & The George Duke Trio, Boney James, Melanie Fiona, to name just a few.
As one of the longest-running annual jazz festivals in Southern California, the Long Beach Jazz Festival offers something for everyone, from soulful party-vibe, smooth jazz grooves to more traditional jazz improvisation. Veteran concert promoter and musician Al Williams, head of Rainbow Promotions, will also perform on the 15th with his Al Williams Jazz Society.
Williams says, “I’m excited this year to have a great variety of artists. It is a collection of all the elements that have sustained jazz’s popularity for decades; a touch of rhythm, soul, international flavor, innovation and future jazz stars. It’s all great music.”
On Friday, August 13, the Original Jazz Crusaders, featuring Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder, headlines the first day and the exciting saxophonist Boney James. On Saturday, August 14, a special tribute to Grover Washington Jr. featuring Ronnie Laws, Tom Scott, Chante Moore, Paul Jackson Jr., dynamite duo Dave Koz & Jonathan Butler with special guest Sheila E., Kanye West protégé, soul singer Melanie Fiona, and Saxophonist Shilts, front-man for the urban, funky jazz band “Down To The Bone” round out what promises to be a day of electrifying music. And on Sunday, August 15, vocalist extraordinaire Al Jarreau & the legendary George Duke with his Trio headlines an incredible 3rd day lineup that includes bassist Marcus Miller & trumpeter Christian Scott, the Al Williams Jazz Society and conguero Poncho Sanchez with his seven-piece Latin jazz ensemble.
Tickets are available through Rainbow Promotions at (562)-424- 0013, or online at www.longbeachjazzfestival.com VIP tickets--$155 on Friday, and $180 per seat on Saturday and Sunday—include dinner, wine service and backstage access. Reserved box seat tickets are $60 on Friday and $75 per seat on Saturday and Sunday. General admission/ lawn seating is $45 (prior to August 4th) and $50 at the gate.
Friday-Gates open at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday- Gates opens at 11:00am.
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