Friday, October 16, 2009

Jazz fest scores big notes

20th anniversary festival runs through Sunday, Oct. 23

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary through Sunday, Oct. 23, with performances all day in several locations in and around Sun Valley. The festival was founded by Tom Hazzard and continues under the direction and within the family with Carol, Hazzard's daughter, and Jeff Loehr.

The Jazz Jamboree community is a loyal patronage of volunteers and supporters who have all been coming to the festival since the first year. The festival attracts over 5,000 attendees and over 40 performers. This year the festival adds a new venue to its schedule offering performances and a dance competition at the Sun Valley Pavilion. The pavilion has lap blankets available along with pocket warmers priced at 50 cents.

The festival is a favorite amongst its performers who come from various locations around the nation to perform. In addition, the event attracts visitors who travel from various parts of the country via Airstreams and recreational vehicles, which fill the River Run parking lot for the duration of the festival. Like a band of gypsies, these loyal jazz festival followers make Sun Valley a premiere destination while on their fall jazz festival tour.

For a complete schedule of performances and events, visit

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