A few Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz etiquette tips
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” the classic line from Aretha Franklin’s 1967 R&B hit, could just as well serve as the theme for this season’s Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz.”What we’re trying to say is, this is a good thing, let’s not mess it up,” Summer of Jazz co-founder Mary Noone said in a recent interview.Noone was referring to some crowd issues that arose during last summer’s concert series in Two Rivers Park involving children being allowed to run amok, as well as an increase in citations for infractions such as underage drinking and the like.What it comes down to as the Summer of Jazz opens for its 24th season with tonight’s appearance by the Louis Hayes Quartet, is respect.”That means respect for the musicians, and the people who are there to enjoy the music,” Noone said. “This is something the community should be proud of.”That also means abiding by two of the simplest rules for Summer of Jazz: no pets in the concert venue, and no glass containers.Another theme this season revolves around passing the torch to the next generation of jazz lovers, she said.Bob and Mary Noone founded the Summer of Jazz 24 years ago, before their youngest daughter, Claire, was even born.Claire Noone takes over as the Summer of Jazz director this season. She replaces Lisa Hartert, who had some other commitments this summer.”We are hoping to get more of the next generation involved,” Mary Noone said. “They have some great ideas to share.”The same thinking went into the scheduling of one of this season’s performers, Glenwood Springs native Ashton Taufer, who brings his quartet to play a hometown gig on July 1. The band members met while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and have gotten together specifically for the Glenwood performance, according to Taufer’s MySpace website.”This is sort of a transitional season,” Noone said, adding that she and Bob are looking to the 25th season of Summer of Jazz next year as their last, as the torch passes to new hands.In the meantime, this season’s lineup is one that combines some of the more traditional listening-style jazz, with bands like tonight’s opener, Lionel Loueke and Marc Cary, to the New Orleans dance band music that has defined recent years, including the return of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on July 15 and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue closing out the series on July 29. firstname.lastname@example.org
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