By Darlene Donloe
The 30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival kicked off last weekend with Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr. opening up the festival Friday night with a high-energy performance, followed by the brilliance of Rachelle Ferrell. Marcus Miller killed with an hour-long session that included his surprise guest, renowned vocalist Randy Crawford, who wowed the crowd with her hit, Street Life.
Saturday’s lineup included Boney James, Will Downing, Nathan East, Eric Darius and 30 Years of
Long Beach Jazz - featuring Ndugu Chancler, Bobby Lyle, Craig T. Cooper, Alphonso Johnson, and Bridgette Bryant. Jazz in Pink was the opening act.
Sunday’s roster included headliner Poncho Sanchez, Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights, Najee, Bob James, Spyro Gyra, Al Williams Jazz Society featuring: Barbara Morrison and special guests.
Below is the Long Beach Jazz Festival in pictures.
|Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr., Dawnn Lewis and Everett Harp|
|Long Beach Jazz Producers Al Williams and Kimberly Benoit|
|Paul Jackson Jr.|
|KTWV Air Personality Pat Prescott|