Aug. 20 editorial
Longtime Parkites have a tendency to get jaded as summer draws to a close. As in — ho hum — another stunning mountain bike ride, another gourmet meal, another spectacular sunset, another festival. But, if you are lucky enough to eavesdrop on a conversation between first-time visitors, they might remind you of how lucky we are to have so many top-shelf opportunities on our doorstep.
One of those sometimes under-appreciated special events is the annual Park City Jazz Festival that begins this Friday at 4:30 at the Snow Park Amphitheater. Nationally known musicians will perform through Sunday and, as always, the Snow Park venue will offer tasty concessions, panoramic views, great acoustics and ample room to picnic.
Friday’s headliner is Blue Traveler but the opening group, the Salt Lake City-based Pat Carnahan sextet, is a favorite among Utah jazz aficionados.
Also on Friday, the Park City All-Star Band will share the stage with Grammy-award-winner Christian McBride.
Which brings up another reason why Parkites are an exceptionally lucky bunch.
A major component of the Park City Jazz Foundation’s mission is to offer workshops to area students. The Park City All Star Band is made up of young local musicians who auditioned for the privilege of playing with the professionals during festival. In past years the All Star Band has elicited standing ovations from the savviest jazz audiences. Also on Saturday, in the morning, the Foundation will host free workshops led by several of this year’s performers
The outdoor performances continue on Saturday from 3 p.m. to about 10 p.m., wrapping up with the popular Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy. Sunday’s lineup starts at 1:30 p.m. and the festival wraps with a performance by The Rippingtons beginning at 6:15 p.m.
So if you have an aspiring Duke Ellington in the family or just haven’t had a chance to indulge in a quintessential Park City event yet this summer, put away the lawnmower and head over to Deer Valley. For more information log on to http://www.parkcityjazz.org
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