Summer of Jazz is about more than music
When you talk about perfect recipes, you can’t ignore what’s cooking every Wednesday night in Two Rivers Park.Good music, good friends, the great outdoors – all ingredients that make the annual Summer of Jazz one of Glenwood Springs’ most marvelous events.For the past 21 years, residents have flocked to Two Rivers Park to hear jazz and spend some quality time with family, friends and the outdoors.This year’s jazz lineup is especially memorable. Every act in the eight-week lineup had their lives changed by an unmerciful hurricane named Katrina.This year, all the acts are from the New Orleans area. It’s the jazz capital of the world, yes, but it’s what they’ve been through that makes this year’s Summer of Jazz even more special.Summer of Jazz was hatched by Bob and Mary Noone, who wanted to provide a free, outdoor music event for residents.What a difference a couple of decades have made.At first, 20-30 people came out to hear music at Centennial Park in downtown Glenwood. Now, there are world-class acts performing under a bandshell entertaining thousands at Two Rivers Park. It’s a pure slice of culture and a good time. It has become the thing to do on Wednesday evenings during the summer. The event is now the longest running free jazz series in the Rocky Mountain region.Credit the Noones and their undying commitment for keeping the series going for 21 years. The volunteer base is also extraordinary, and essential to making the series an enjoyable time for all.The event isn’t cheap and will always need community contributions, and corporate sponsorship. Hopefully, the community recognizes that it’s still up to us to keep this event going.Community is what the Summer of Jazz is about. A gathering of community that’s supported and funded by the community. After 21 seasons, Summer of Jazz is as powerful as a Louis Armstrong solo.With five more Wednesdays remaining in the series this summer, there’s still great opportunities to catch some outstanding jazz music.Jazz music will obviously be the lure of this event, but it really is all the ingredients that make it special.That’s really what jazz music is, too. Bring together a little of everything, then sit back and enjoy the creation.Summertime never sounded or felt so good.
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