Summer of Jazz needs our help

Staff Report
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It was a perfect summer evening in July. The hot temperatures of the day were now heading south and a welcomed breeze was drifting through Two Rivers Park.

Jazz music mingled amongst the packed crowd as people spread blankets and munched on snacks, sipped drinks and grooved to the sounds.

Dayna Spencer is originally from Louisiana, and she loves jazz. On that Summer of Jazz night, she and her then 5-year-old daughter Addison listened to music, laughed and spent a fun evening at the park.

That’s what Summer of Jazz is all about – fun. Music and fun are the ideal formula for a special and memorable evening. A Wednesday night under the stars – or those pesky clouds – hanging with friends, family or catching up with old acquaintances.

Summer of Jazz is a Glenwood tradition in its 25th year.

Bob and Mary Noone started Summer of Jazz, and they made it one of the truly special events in the valley. But after 25 passionate and extremely dedicated years, the Noones are moving on. If no one else steps up to take over next year, this will be the final season of Summer of Jazz.

There’s still a chance to make No. 25 a very special one, but it will take more money and help from the community.

That’s where the “$25 for 25 Years” fundraising idea came from. That’s one dollar for every year of Summer of Jazz.

In today’s Glenwood Springs Post Independent, you will find a Summer of Jazz envelope to use to make a donation of $25. Of course any donated amount will be accepted.

Donations can mailed back or dropped off at the Post Independent at 2014 Grand Avenue.

Thanks to Garfield County’s generous donation of $25,000, Summer of Jazz 2010 is in a little better shape. But it takes about $15,000 per concert and so far funds are only up to $55,000. That’s almost four shows. The season normally runs for eight weeks and it would be great to have eight for the 25th season.

Time is running out to schedule acts to come to Glenwood Springs. All donations must be made by Friday, April 23 and the amount of money at that point will dictate how many concerts will be scheduled.

You can also go to and donate with PayPal.

The Gear Exchange in Glenwood Springs has donated a 25th anniversary cruiser JAZZ bike, and all contributors (before April 22) will be entered to win. The drawing is on Thursday, April 22 at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood at 8 p.m. The Intervention Band, featuring Bob Levey and Ashton Taufer, will play starting at 7 p.m. You don’t have to be present to win.

Year after year, amazing acts have come to play and the community of Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley have enthusiastically supported Summer of Jazz.

Summer of Jazz has been a splendid event for 24 years – a summertime tradition that so many people enjoy.

If this is the final season of Summer of Jazz, it would be poetic to make it a fabulous one.

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