Jazz, R&B and Neo-Soul Featured Performances at the 3-Day Anniversary Extravaganza
Some of the world’s most celebrated international Jazz and R&B artists will perform at the 25th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, August 10-12. The star-studded line-up includes: The Dream Tour featuring David Sanborn and Brian
Culbertson, Jonathan Butler, Poncho Sanchez, Dianne Reeves, Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers, Keith Sweat, Chrisette Michele and more. The 3-Day anniversary extravaganza will take place at the RainbowLagoonPark in Long Beach.
This year’s milestone event is celebrating the theme “Jazz and Beyond!” and features performances by iconic jazz artists and chart-topping R&B and neo-soul singers. The event includes VIP seating in a cool outdoor setting with an array of cuisine options, art and much more. The festival has also added a second stage in the pavilion for their anniversary celebration. This year’s headliners include Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers, The Dream Tour featuring David Sanborn and Brian Culbertson, and Soul of Summer featuring Jonathan Butler, Warren Hill & Maysa.
Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers will headline this year’s opening night festivities setting the bar high for the rest of the 25th Anniversary performances. The Isley Brothers have continued to enjoy one of the longest, most influential and diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music. Grammy Award winning Latin jazz bandleader Poncho Sanchez, known beyond his vocal and conga skills, will grace the stage Saturday with his renowned band. Soul of Summer featuring smooth jazz greats Jonathan Butler, Warren Hill & Maysa will close out the festival Saturday night. The Dream Tour featuring legendary saxophonist David Sanborn and contemporary jazz favorite multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson will round out the final night of the 25th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival.
Poncho Sanchez performed at the inaugural Long Beach Jazz Festival in 1987 and said, “I am looking forward to performing once again and to be part of The 25th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival: Jazz and Beyond with my band Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band…The Long Beach Jazz Festival is one of my favorite all time festivals.”
“In 1978 while sitting with some friends at my club (Jazz Safari), we started talking about putting together a show that would feature several jazz artists like the one in Rhode Island. That idea birthed the first southern California Jazz fest. The name at that time was the Queen Mary Jazz Festival; it was done on the Queen Mary. We produced it for several years before losing our lease to Wrather Corp. At that time we moved to RainbowLagoonPark. I never envisioned the success lasting this long. This year promises to be a great one, with some surprise guests as well as this great line-up,” says jazz musician and Long Beach Jazz Festival Founder Al Williams.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 (Gates open at and show begins at )
Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 (Gates open at and the show begins at )
Soul of Summer featuring, Jonathan Butler, Warren Hill & Maysa
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 (Gates open at and the show begins at )
The Dream Tour featuring David Sanborn and Brian Culbertson
Larry Graham & Graham Central Station
Rick Braun & Richard Elliot
Al Williams & Friends
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The Long Beach Jazz Festival is produced by Rainbow Promotions, LLC, for ticket and event details visit www.longbeachjazzfestival.com.
Written by: Precinct Reporter Group
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