JazzTrax Jazz Festival on Catalina Island
Now in its 25th year, the Catalina Island JazzTrax Fest was voted “Best Jazz Festival in America” for 2011. These jazz concerts span three consecutive weekends in October featuring over thirty different acts, all stars of the contemporary jazz genre. Radio personality Art Good is Producer and Host of the JazzTrax show, “The Grand Daddy of ‘em All.” Art is a true pioneer of smooth jazz radio. Our hat is off to you.
This photo gallery of accomplished jazz artists is the culmination of over several thousand photos taken of the eleven acts that appeared on the second week of the jazz festival.
The first performance was held on Thursday night at the Desconso Beach Club, directly on the beach, under a full moon and a shimmering ocean backdrop. It could not have been more perfect; the atmosphere most intimate and comfortable. From Friday through Sunday, the concerts were held indoors in The Catalina Casino located in Avalon on Catalina Island, a one hour ferry ride from Los Angeles. Built back in 1929 by William Wrigley, Jr., The Casino served as a magnificent dance hall and ballroom. It has the largest circular dance floor in the world not to mention a magnificent view of the Avalon bay. “Casino” in Italian means “a gathering place” – there is no gambling at the facility.
Featured Jazz Artists
Thursday night’s entertainment was provided by Lee Ritenour. Friday evening featured artists Willie and Lobo followed by Marion Meadows. Saturday afternoon began with Jonathan Fritzen followed by Chieli Minucci. Saturday evening opened with Tim Weisberg and next up was Acoustic Alchemy. Brooke Alford performed on Sunday afternoon followed by Eric Darius. Johannes Linstead took the stage on Sunday evening and Candy Dulfer finished the night and the weekend.
The masterful mix of these great Artists, the flow and continuity of their sound and music is testament to Art Good’s excellent ear for contemporary smooth Jazz. If you are passionate about smooth jazz, you won’t want to miss the best annual Jazz Festival in America – JazzTrax! This event and the ambiance of the location make for an unforgettable experience – and is it a party!