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Glenwood’s Summer of Jazz finale not necessarily an ending

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The saints will be marching in, but this ain’t gonna be no funeral procession.

“This is anything but a funeral,” Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz co-founder Mary Noone proclaimed Tuesday, speaking of what will be the last Summer of Jazz concert in Two Rivers Park tonight to close out the series’ 25-year run – at least so far as the community has come to know it.

She and husband Bob Noone have been putting on the Summer of Jazz series for all of those 25 years, and announced at the beginning of this season that it would be their last.



But, while the Glenwood Springs Arts Council announced Tuesday that it will take over the Wednesday night park concerts next summer with a new music series spanning a variety of musical genres, Mary Noone also left the door open to the possibility that they may continue bringing music to Glenwood in some form or another in the future.

“I think music will still be a part of our life, so it’s not like we’re not going to do it anymore,” she said. “We’re just a little burned out putting on a party for 400 people in the park every week.



“I prefer to look at it as the end of one phase, and the start of another phase,” she said. “I just can’t wrap my mind around what we want to do until we finish this party.”

So, first things first, starting with a band that’s sure to throw one heck of a farewell party, The Stooges Brass Band.

“The Stooges are from New Orleans and they are, we think, the best band to cap the Summer of Jazz experience,” Noone said. “As bands go, they are up and coming, enthusiastic and don’t have an agent … which translates into a fresh and vibrant approach, which is the very best way to end this phase.”

The Stooges are well-known around the Big Easy for their “second line” street parades.

“The second line is used in funerals traditionally, but this is anything but a funeral,” Noone reiterated. “The way I look at this is that it is a passing for sure, but we are going somewhere that is even better.”

Also on tap for tonight will be a 360-degree community portrait taken from atop the Two Rivers Park band shell during the concert intermission around 8 p.m.

“People don’t need to get dressed up or anything like that, just stand up and have your picture taken,” Noone said. “If it’s raining – which it won’t – we’ll do it anyway.”

She is also working to put together a Summer of Jazz retrospective slide show, which was still pending some technical details as of Tuesday.

“Hey, it’s improv jazz, right? We’ll just go with what we’ve got,” Noone said.

“We’re also asking everyone and anyone to bring a cake or cupcakes, or whatever, to share with your neighbors in celebration of life, Glenwood’s 125th birthday and jazz,” she said.

The Noones came across the Stooges during their most recent trip to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival earlier this year, performing at the House of Blues with another of this year’s Summer of Jazz musicians, Trombone Shorty.

“It should be a lot of fun, they’re enthusiastic and ready to go,” Noone said.

As for this year’s fundraising efforts to pay for it all, she said a final passing of the baskets during tonight’s intermission should just about do it.

The Summer of Jazz concert with the Stooges Brass Band begins at 7 p.m. tonight in Two Rivers Park.


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