Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT (Photo credit: kla4067)

It’s going to be a big day today.  I need to round up a few camp chairs for myself, my lovely wife, and our son Curtis so we can head downtown for the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival.

Oh, yeah, I also need to make sure the battery in our camera is charged up too.

Yep, it’s going to be a big day.  Otherwise, our Labor Day weekend might be a bit more “average.”  Our family has seen enough “average” holiday weekends here lately.  We need to do something different.

We’ll have the style of Django Reinhardt coming through with The Hot Club of Zion.  We’ll have ASCAP award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins.  We’ll have the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, with guest spots by the likes of Chuck Findley.  We’ll have some fusion from The Drones.  We’ll see Dean Martin’s daughter, vocalist Deana Martin.  Most exciting to me, though, will be the chance to see and hear the Bay Area funk and tight horns coming from Tower of Power.

I’m also proud to support what the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival represents.  From the festival’s Facebook page …

“The mission of Jazz Arts of the MountainWest (JAM) is to foster live performance and enjoyment of America’s music. JAM is committed to music education in schools, colleges and universities, as well as education of the general public to ensure that the rich heritage of jazz and related American music is brought to a diverse population so that America’s music will not be lost to current and future generations.

“The Salt Lake City Jazz Festival strives to bring the many faces of Jazz, America’s original art form, to the Wasatch Front. The festival is presented by Jazz Arts of the Mountain West (JAM) and made possible in part by major funding from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Salt Lake County Zoo Arts and Parks Program. The free music clinics were made possible by a generous donation from the Rosenblatt Family in memory of Barry and Sally Rosenblatt.”

Most of all, I’m proud to support live music.  That’s something I haven’t been able to do nearly enough for quite a while.  The cost of a ticket for today’s festival, however, is so low that it’s hard to believe it gets you in to about 10 hours worth of outstanding live jazz.

Salt Lake City does appreciate its jazz.  I am so looking forward to this.

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