All That Jazz: Gumble Hits It Out Of The (Town) Park
It was a Gene Kelly moment.
A weekend full of “Singing in the Rain.”
But that did not seem to dampen the mood of the crowd because the music, all that jazz, the entire line-up, no exceptions, was good enough to warm the heart – if not the hands and feet.
Plus the management provided its guests with umbrellas.
Yes, big white umbrellas.
Because at the 41st annual Telluride Jazz Festival, the devil was in the details: from that star-studded line-up – Mavis, can we clone you? – to out-of-the-box educational initiatives such as the brand new Telluride Jazz Adventure Academy; fabbie food and drink, “Bubbles & Bloodies,” best bourbon ever; face-painting, costumes, and parades (for kids of all ages); over-the-top amenities for patrons, including special programming, covered on-stage viewing with an open bar, wining and dining backstage and, for a lucky few, glamping tents complete with fire pits. (Tent #3 is already booked for next year.)
But wait, there was more: Jazz After Dark featuring some of the weekend highlights, including FatsO, The Suffers, Ranky Tanky, hotties Miles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down, Cha WA Mardi Gras Band and (Divine) Davina and The Vagabonds; free entertainment in Elks Park on the Society Stage; yoga classes; historical walking tour (in association with the Telluride Historical Museum); and a jazzy Art Walk (in association with Telluride Arts).
Steve is, without doubt, a student of cool with a Ph.D in festival production. He and his team, including all the hard-working volunteers, spared no effort, no expense, to ensure a good time was had by all.
And Steve & Co, hit it out of the (Town) Park.
No one rained on his parade.
And since a (moving) picture is worth a thousand words, check out these video summaries of the weekend.
Friday: song, “Ranky Tanky” by Ranky Tanky.
Saturday: song, “Cha Wa Got Fiya,” by Cha Wa Mardi Gras Indian Band.
Sunday: song, “John Henry,” by Vaud and the Villains.
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