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Long Beach Jazz Festival Photo Gallery Aug 2010




The Long Beach Jazz Festival features some of the top artists such as this year’s Sunday line-up of Al Jarreau, George Duke, Poncho Sanchez, Marcus Miller among others. Smooth Jazz Magazine will grant you back stage access and a few insights on the latest entertainment news as the headliners and band memebers takes a minute to pose with adoring VIP fans as CSI: Miami star Adam Rodriguez and Latin-jazz icon Pete Escovedo and wife mingles.


As customary, promoter Al Williams of Rainbow Productions, greets the patrons at the beginning of the festival 3-day weekend at the gorgeous grassy knoll in a beautiful Lagoon setting as he shows his appreciation for the over the years support from jazz lovers and graciously thanking God by allowing an area minister to pray over the festivities and then hearing Ray Charles sings God Bless America set the tone for the rest of the evening.

   Headliner:       Melanie Fiona w/Fan        Gara Clark

  CSI: Miami  Adam Rodriguez

  Boney's Bassist Smitty, Fans Anisha and Anita w/ Boney's Drummer Omari  

  Mr. & Mrs Pete Escovedo 

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 Day 1 Line-up Boney James



The 23rd Annual of the Long Beach Jazz Festival gave the crowd a birds eye view of the return of Boney James to Southern California after his near fatal car accident.  A month after returning back to the stage, as the premiere saxophonist showed no signs of injury as he danced and grooved on stage with his high energy to the appreciative fan base.

             Smitty Smith                and          Rob Bacon

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   The Original Crusaders

    Euge Groove

The Original Crusaders performed with special guest Euge Groove, who was called to take the place of Wilton Felton due to being hospilized, Wayne Henderson announced that recovery for Wilton is expected and look forward to his return soon.  Over the years, I have seen Joe and Wayne on stage alone or with other artists, but today you can see what made The Original Jazz Crusaders so special for over 50 years.  As Joe conducted the set while sitting at the keys, he spoke of the good old days as he put it, “When I was young and then handsome”. Talking about how when he and Wayne met as he would walk from his Catholic church having to pass by the Baptist churches in his community and hear the music playing and one day Wayne asked him if he could play and he say “yes man I can play” and they been playing ever since.  With their blend of gospel, fusion and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues the 60’s and 70’s were their playground. “And how I use to chase the ladies”, said Joe.  Telling stories of how they recorded several live albums, mostly at the Lighthouse and in Hollywood, the ageless music has its own unmistakably hooks and beats that proved they sounded like no one else.  Over the years the band brought in new members and today Euge Groove is now the newest member, who stated that he grew up listening to these guys, “it’s such a thrill for me”.  The fun on stage was visible for all to see, it was a very good set. Back stage Wayne would call out, Eugene come over here man, so they could take a picture, as Euge seems like a little kid in the candy store.  Also on stage this evening playing bass with the band is Joe's son.


         Joe Sample          Wayne Henderson
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  Jazz Search Winners






With so many air-waves outlets declining for fresh young jazz talent to get noticed, the Long Beach Jazz Festival holds a contest for aspiring artists to perform in front of the early and diverse crowd for exposure that is normally limited to them.  The "Off the Hook" competition produced by Larry Nash along with winners Darrin Milton, Matlida Haywood and Ann Mack opened up the weekend festival. 


Legendary trumpeter, Clora Bryant the mom of Darrin Milton who played with Charlie Parker, appeared on The ED Sullivan Show, the first American female jazz musician to play in the former Soviet Union on a request from Mikhail Gorbachev, so what a treat it must have been to have your famous mom all of 83 years young come on stage and close your set, in fact steals the moment as they sing “It Ain’t No Use,” as Darrin soulful voice was an entertaining show to open up this year’s festival.

  Larry Nash

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  Boney James
  The Original Jazz Crusaders
  Wayne Henderson   Joe Sample   Euge Groove
 Dave Koz & Jonathan Butler w/Special Guest Sheila E.
  A Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr.
   Ronnie Laws   Jason Miles       Tom Scott         Chante Moore   Paul Jackson Jr.
  Melanie Fiona
  Karen A. Clark
  Jazz Search Winners
   Day 1 Line-up                     Day 2 Line-up 








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