Greater Palm Springs is known for many things, among them a world-class resort lifestyle, celebrities, art, and architecture. With the widespread popularity of music festivals such as The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival, Stagecoach Festival, and Palm Springs’ own Splash House, music joins that illustrious list as well. Bruce Fessier, music reporter and critic for the Desert Sun, recently released his list of Top Ten Music Festivals in the Coachella Valley.
“The artist’s age-range on stage reflects the audience,” says Sweet Baby J’ai, “Being a jazz fan isn’t about age, it’s about the music.” As the festival’s music director, Baby J’ai brings a group of artists who play everything from straight-ahead classic jazz to modern contemporary jazz and jazz vocals. Over the three years, festival artists have included Grammy® Award-winners like drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Patrice Rushen, saxophonist Tia Fuller and #1 Billboard trumpeter Cindy Bradley. 2015 Festival artists include multiple Grammy® Award-winner Diane Schuur (“Deedles’ Blues”) and the legendary vocalist and songwriter Nona Hendryx (“Lady Marmalade”). “We bring together great musicians and promise not only an incredible weekend of amazing talent, but a natural relief for your mind, body and soul,” states Baby Ja’i.
Being in Palm Springs was important to the festival producers. Producers were approached by other cities to move the festival elsewhere, but felt Palm Springs is the place to be. The city has a long history with music and, like jazz, is experiencing a resurgence. “We hope to be here for many years to come,” continues Christian. Christian is also a resident of Palm Springs and is happy to highlight the city she chooses to call home.The 3rd Annual Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival takes place October 9-11, 2015 in Palm Springs, California at multiple venues including the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum. The festival is a production of L&G Events.
For details about the festival visit PSWomensJazzFestival.com or call 760-416-3545.
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