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Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival

Glendale’s award-winning Jazz & Blues Festival will feature a phenomenal  lineup of headlining acts when music takes center stage in downtown Glendale April 14-15!

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.

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