Festival arrives to Jazz Up Your Summer

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Jazz Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon this weekend.

The 23rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival begins tonight with Boney James, the Orginal Jazz Crusaders, and more. The Jazz Festival takes place August 13-15, 2010 at Rainbow Lagoon Park.

As with previous festivals, the three-day music extravaganza has a special theme and focus—Jazz Up Your Summer. The Jazz Festival showcases the exciting and evolving styles of Smooth and Straight Ahead Jazz, and Rhythm & Blues Music with a lineup that brings together some of the very best performers from the genre.

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.”

Jazz Festival Line-up

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.

Jazz Fest Tickets and Information

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.

The 2010 Long Beach Jazz Festival takes place August 13-15, at Rainbow Lagoon Park on Shoreline Drive in Long Beach, California. Friday-Gates open at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday- Gates opens at 11:00am. Tickets and more information are available online at www.longbeachjazzfestival.com

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