Jazz in the Pines Hits a High Note
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IDYLLWILD - Now that Highway 243 is officially open, people are free to take any direction most accessible to them up the mountain. That’s making the Jazz in the Pines festival held in Idyllwild a very successful event. Under idealic, draping tents, jazz singers gather to perform. The audience is packed but the turn out could have been much different. "I'm proud to be in a community like that where we have such great fire fighters. We are running away, they're running into it. They did a marvelous job,” says Artistic Director for the festival Buba Jackson.
The Silver Fire scorched the mountain closing down Highway 243, the main highway up to Idyllwild.It opened Friday night in the nick of time. "We actually took the other way up. We didn't realize it was open already,” says Los Angeles resident Janne Vally. Jackson says jazz lovers come to experience the mountain setting. "People are coming in from all over the U.S. because they get a chance to see something they can’t see at other festivals,” says Jackson. "It’s so soothing to listen to. Just makes me relax,” says Vally.
Jazz in the Pines is celebrating its 20th anniversary. "That is a very important landmark because jazz festivals are falling apart in America. While they are growing elsewhere, they’re not here,” says Jackson. Believe it or not, more than 300 people volunteer to make the event a success. "They have taken this and said, you know what? This is ours. The volunteers come from the community,” says Jackson.
You can pay $65 for a one-day pass or $100 for the entire weekend which includes 10 jazz acts.