A little disappointed with this year's line up
Besides Dianne Reeves I’m not really familiar with a lot of these acts (Kevin Eubanks doesn’t count, unless he can prove me wrong)
Looks like a lot of these are local acts, which is good on one hand for the performers themselves, but in past years the festival has brought BIG names to this town it doesn’t usually see. (Bill Evans trio! Jane Monheit!)
Acts I DO want to check out:
“Gerald Clayton trio”
“Miss Tess & The Bon Ton Parade”
“LaRue Nickelson Group”
“Sammy Figueroa & The Latin Explosion”
“Mike Markaverich Trio”
and DEFINITELY “Christian McBride & Inside Straight”
Anyone who hasn’t been to the Clearwater Jazz Festival you MUST check it out.
It’s right by the water, it’s usually quite nice and cool, local vendors and drinks and OH YEAH IT’S FREE
You may need to wade through some shitty “smooth jazz” acts but it’s worth it if you enjoy live music.