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Jazz may be just the remedy for recession blues

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz director Mary Noone knows it’s not the easiest time to be out asking for donations. But the popular free outdoor concert series might just make some investment sense in these trying times.

Community investment, that is.

“It’s important to have some form of normalcy and celebration in our lives, especially now,” Noone said. “Even though things are bad, I think we need to still have these kinds of public gatherings.”

With that in mind, Summer of Jazz founders Mary and Bob Noone are preparing for their 24th season of jazz concerts. That means not only arranging another sizzling line-up of performers, but lining up sponsors and individual donors as well.

Summer of Jazz was recently awarded another $20,000 tourism grant from the city of Glenwood Springs, representing an ongoing commitment from the city to support the Wednesday evening concert series, which will run from June 10 to July 29 this summer.

That’s about $5,000 less than in years past, Mary Noone said. But she has only requested $20,000 the past couple of years, partly because she knows there’s a lot of other demand for those dollars.

That also puts it back on the broader community to support Summer of Jazz, including business sponsors and individuals.

“The city is still our biggest sponsor,” she said. “I do still feel the people in the community are going to come back and help us out, as they have always done.”

Meanwhile, the Noones have already lined up five of the eight bands that will be performing this coming season. They’re planning their fourth straight trip in late April to the New Orleans Jazz Festival to seek out and sign the remaining bands.

The 24th season of Summer of Jazz will begin June 10 with pianist Robert Glasper and his trio, followed on June 17 with Breakestra, a Los Angeles-based jazz-fused funk band.

On June 24 will be Lionel Loueke, a guitarist from the west African country of Benin who formerly played with Herbie Hancock.

Another highlight of the season will be the July 1 homecoming of accomplished musician Ashton Taufer, a Glenwood Springs native who has formed his own quartet.

And, booked for a return appearance in Glenwood is Mem Shannon and the Membership, set for July 22. The remaining dates in the eight-week series are to be announced.

To become a Summer of Jazz sponsor, visit http://www.summerofjazz.com. Individual donations may be sent to: Summer of Jazz, P.O. Box 42, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602. And, to volunteer or for more information about Summer of Jazz, call 945-7767.

Contact John Stroud: 384-9160


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