Thankful Thursday

Jazz Walk 2015

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” ~ John F. Kennedy

To quote Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” there’s no place like home. It was great fun to take in the Jazz Walk this past Saturday night (and surprisingly made it to the last note at the midnight hour)! More than twenty venues hosted musicians from far and near – duos, trios, quartets – many bands on hand to listen to, a la ‘speed date’ style.

Whether it was the vocalist who brought the songs of Cole, Fitzgerald or Ellington to life, or the big band swing, complete with a hint of Armstrong – each venue my friend and I visited had a great sound. For me, the highlight of the evening was hearing the local high school band – drawing an audience so large, people stood in the lobby of the movie theater to hear them.

The Valley supports the arts – be it music, painting, theater, or storytelling. To see so many families taking it in – a great way to offer variety at a young age, to allow the sampling now of what could be an artistic passion to come.

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