Finding the Way Forward

After eight long months of cancellations and dark venues, there is at last a glimmer of light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. With all necessary precautionary measures in place and barring any unforeseen disruptions, the 31st annual Arizona Classic Jazz Festival will present live performances of more than a dozen groups the weekend of November 5-8 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ. “I am still receiving reservations because jazz fans are so anxious to hear live jazz once again,” according to festival director Helen Daley. “I have been working closely with the hotel and local health officials, and we will have a test run at our pre-festival party in October. We have 550 masks and ample sanitizers available along with 2,000 pairs of gloves which the dancers will change after each set.” “We will have four venues, one of which is outside under cover. Seating will be spaced according to the regulations at the time. We know from previous experience that only about one-third of the attendees are in the venues at any one time. There will be a 20-minute break between sets instead of 15 minutes so that there will be just one band on the bandstand at any time. Our daily schedule will end at 10 pm Friday and Saturday, instead of close to midnight. Two of our originally-scheduled bands opted not to make the trip to Arizona, but we have booked suitable repl
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Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag in 1989 and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we grew to become The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles of today's top musicians are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, Jazz Beat Encore: More Notes on Classic Jazz contains 43 more! Lew taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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