Whether you are attending a locally-based concert or a large national production, festivals play an important role in our jazz community. Although often not as intimate as a jazz club, they provide a place for both musician and the listener to come together as one.
When she plays at festivals, jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato feels â€śa great sense of community,â€ť as there are â€śso many artists performing together, and so many listeners who all want to have a positive, moving, enjoyable experience with the music.â€ť
Unification of the community is a common thread that weaves our rich musical tapestry. "Jazz festivals are a great place for people to come together in celebration of the music we love. Festivals are often the only stop on a tour where musicians get to see other touring bands, which can be a great change of pace from the lonely road life. I think the audiences really enjoy being part of the celebration as well. It's a chance for entire communities to get together and enjoy themselves. That much good energy can be palpable...,â€ť said pianist Gerald Clayton.
Live music is important in moving the music forward. â€śPlaying live music reminds people that music is an artistic form of human expression. Without live concerts, people might be convinced that music comes from a box,â€ť said Clayton.
What can you as a fan do to help keep jazz alive? Itâ€™s simple â€¦ just simply share your time by attending live music. Your participation is an important ingredient in keeping the jazz festival tradition around for generations to come.