Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Long Beach Jazz Festival Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary With Star-Studded Lineup

Everette Harp

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.

Ramsey Lewis

Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr., Dawnn Lewis and Everett Harp

Boney James

Long Beach Jazz Producers Al Williams and Kimberly Benoit

Marcus Miller

Rachelle Ferrell

Paul Jackson Jr.

Will Downing

Randy Crawford
KTWV Air Personality Pat Prescott

Nathan East

Eric Darius
Barbara Morrison

#LBJazz, #LBJazzfest

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