Friday, October 9, 2009

Jazz Jamboree celebrates 20 years

Festival features free community concert and a gala

Express Staff Writer

Louis Ford & His New Orleans Jazz Flairs will play throughout the festival and at the gala celebration. Photo by David N. Seelig

The Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a full schedule of over 300 musical performances from Wednesday, Oct. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 18. The festival will also feature its free community concert at Sun Valley's Limelight Room at 7 p.m. with a performance by the Wood River High Wolverine Jazz Band followed by Louis Ford and His New Orleans Jazz Flairs.

In addition, the festival will show Ken Burns' 10-part documentary series, "Jazz," in its entirety at the Sun Valley Opera House for free on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Wednesday, Oct. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. both days.

The Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree will take place in and around Sun Valley with performances beginning at 9:30 a.m. through 11 p.m. every day from Wednesday through Sunday. A 20th anniversary gala celebration will take place Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 5-8 p.m. in the Sun Valley Inn's Limelight Room.

The gala is free with a festival pass and will feature Titan Hot Seven, Blue Renditions, the Midiri Brothers, Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band, Louis Ford and His New Orleans Jazz Flairs, Claudette Stone and some surprise guests. The celebration will feature a raffle and door prizes. Live and silent auctions will benefit the Tom Hazzard Memorial Jazz Hall of Fame Record Restoration Project, Jazz in the Schools and the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree.

A full pass is $115 and day passes at various prices are available at the Sun Valley Lodge. For details, visit or call 877-478-5277.

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