Annual Jazz Picnic Brings Community Together to Benefit from Local Talent | New
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Dozens of people attended the 43rd annual Las Vegas Jazz Society Jazz Community Picnic in the East Valley.
About 100 of them set up folding chairs and blankets on the grass to watch talented musicians, many of whom perform on the Las Vegas Strip, on an outdoor stage. The event was free and for all ages.
Irma Varela, program supervisor at the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center where the festival took place, stressed that the community should be especially proud of our local jazz scene, as the genre was invented here in the United States.
“Jazz is very important to Americans and to the world because jazz was born in the United States and jazz must continue to thrive here. New generations must know jazz,” Varela said.
The Tom Hall Boss BeBop Jazz Septet, Rod Henley’s Vocal Jazz Band, Thom Pastor and Bill King Quintet with a tribute to Phil Woods, and Ryan Baker’s Jazz Ensemble performed for the local community on Sunday afternoon.
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