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Founder & Musician Al Williams Performs at 17th Annual L.B. Jazz Festival

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The 17th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Line-Up: Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, George Duke, Roy Ayers, The Jazz Crusaders, Brian Culbertson and more

Los Angeles

Rainbow Promotions presents the 17th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival on the weekend of August 13th, 14th and 15th at the Rainbow Lagoon Park on Shoreline Drive in Long Beach.

Recognized as the longest running annual jazz festival in Southern California, the Long Beach Jazz Festival features three days of fantastic performances by world-renowned jazz artists.

This year's event promises to be even more exciting with the addition of a jumbotron for improved viewing pleasure by the 30,000 plus attendees. In addition to amazing music by a variety of premiere jazz artists representing traditional, contemporary, smooth and Latin jazz genres, the outdoor music event also features a variety of tasty food vendors, arts, crafts and more. "This year we are pleased to be adding a larger scope of musical genres for the listening pleasure of our festival fans," says Al Williams, founder of the Long Beach Jazz Festival.

This year's weekend festival opens Friday, August 13th with exciting performances from Al Jarreau, Peter White, Karina Nuvo featuring Tom Scott & Dan Siegel. This will be Al Jarreau’s first Southern California performance of new music from the acclaimed vocalist’s highly anticipated CD "Accentuate the Positive." Gates open at 5:00 pm and showtime is from 7:00-10:30 pm.

On Saturday, August 14th, the jazz celebration continues with appearances by jazz artists David Sanborn, Brian Culbertson, Billy Paul/Jean Carne/Michael Henderson, the Jazz Crusaders, Fattburger and the Long Beach Festival Jazz Search finalists.

The 17th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival wraps up on Sunday, August 15th with sets from Poncho Sanchez, George Duke, Roy Ayers, Kem, Steve Cole and the Long Beach Jazz Search Winner. Long Beach Jazz Festival founder and musician Al Williams, along with his quintet The Jazz Society featuring Niki Harris, will perform selections from his new CD release, "Meeting at the Crossroads." On Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 11:00 am. Showtime is from Noon until 10:00 pm.

Tickets to the three days of concerts can be obtained from Ticketmaster or Rainbow Promotions, (562) 424-0013. VIP ticket seating includes dinner, wine service and backstage access -- $135 on Friday, and $160 per seat on Saturday and Sunday. Reserved box seating tickets are $50 on Friday and $65 per seat on Saturday and Sunday. General admission/lawn seating is $35 (prior to August 11th) and $40 at the gate.

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