The 9th Annual Jazz in The Gardens took place March 15th and 16th with an opening night party at the Calder Race Course on March 14th. The opening night party featured Doug E. Fresh, Dazz Band and the SOS Band. All of the performers did a fantastic job. As the SOS Band performed, I was reminded of all the hits they had! What a throw-back in time. One of the female singers mentioned that she will be 70 years old soon. I didn’t believe it! She looked nowhere near 70 years old nor did she perform like she is nearly 70 years old. I told someone I’d have to have her show me some ID. The Dazz Band performed their hits including “Joystick” and “Let It Whip – a woo hoo! There were lots of attendees at the party so I would venture to say it was a success. This was the first time in nine years that they put on an opening night party. I certainly hope this is the new standard! And, it would be really nice if they kept booking old school bands for this particular event going forward….that’s my two cents.
Saturday, March 15th kicked of the official Jazz in The Gardens festival with acts such as Unir Band, Jay Jones, Boney James, Mint Condition, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz and Jamie Foxx. The weather was great with plenty of sunshine. Speaking of sunshine, did you know the festival has never been rained out in its nine year history? Now that’s luck! The performances were top-notch, however, I was expecting Jamie Foxx to come out in a suit and tie, sit at the piano, play and sing, then turn it up by ripping of the suit jacket and getting a little more funky singing the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol song. Truth is, I’m not the only one who was anticipating something like that from him however, his performance was great!
The entertainment continued on Sunday, March 16th with Mustafa on Sax, Rachelle Ferrell, Stanley Clarke, Anthony Hamilton, LL Cool J and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Rachelle Ferrell’s performance was moving to say the least. She put her mind, body and soul into her show. You see, in a previous interview with me, she said she had to “make up for being sick last year” as she was scheduled to perform at Jazz in the Gardens in 2013. Well, she made up for it and then some with her outstanding performance. If you don’t know this 6-octave songstress, look her up!
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