Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival
Glendale’s two-day music festival, its 29th annual in fact, always brings in well-known national and regional acts to headline the entertainment that incorporates tremendous local acts, as well.
On the jazz stage rounding out the entertainment Saturday evening, from 8:30-10 p.m., is Carmen Lundy. Most recently recording her eighth album, according to The New York Daily News, “Lundy is one of those rare performers who does it all: She sings, plays multiple instruments, and…except for one song — “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” — Lundy penned all of the tunes on her latest project, now No. 5 on the JazzWeek radio charts. She composed several numbers on guitar, a new instrument among the many she plays.”
The jazz headliner for Sunday night, 4:30-6 p.m., will be the Kenny Garrett Quartet. Garrett, a Grammy-Award winning American post bop jazz saxophonist and flautist, gained fame as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Miles Davis’ band as a young man. His prolific career has produced nearly 20 albums.
The blues performer rocking the stage on Saturday night will be the Bernard Allison Group, from 8:30-10 p.m. Legacy Bernard Allison totes the same smokin’ six string shooter that his late father Luther Allison assaulted the blues with; and he is blessed with his father’s soulful voice, spiritual devotion and a musical freedom, which experiments with the blues.
On Sunday evening, Marcia Ball takes the stage from 4:30-6 p.m. showing off her roadhouse-rhythm-and-blues-party style. Ball’s groove-laden New Orleans boogie and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. The Boston Herald says, “Ball plays masterful, red hot tracks from the Texas-Louisiana border. Her voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker.”
The Glendale Public Art Program is also proud to present, “Something to Write Home About,” as an interactive art element during the 2012 Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival. Under the guidance of Artist educators Gregory Sale and Angela Ellsworth, 28 ASU students enrolled in Intermedia courses at the School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, will present a series of interactive performances and installations that will unfold over the 2 day festival. This series of diverse and engaging activities will respond to the culture of jazz and blues, while also considering the concept of home and community.
The Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival will run noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. Admission is free. Historic Downtown Glendale is located at 58th and Glendale avenues.