It’s jazz festival time again in Burlington. If the flashy new bunting festooning the intersections along Church Street isn’t enough of an indicator, then try – just try – to walk anywhere around the area right now and not hear music.
Halvorson’s is the traditional home of the opening night kick-off, and so it was Thursday evening. The back patio was filled with lots of familiar faces from the city’s media, generous appetizers and couple of deliciously steamy sets delivered by the newly formed Project Organ Trio.
Yesterday (Friday) brought the dedication of the new Big Joe Burrell statue on Church Street, the Festival’s first “Meet the Artist” session with resident critic Bob Blumenthal, a hot evening set with Arturo Sandoval, and after-hours events including a free concert at the Fountain Stage with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars. A smashing start.
Today I’m headed out to experience the Festival’s traditional Big Joe Burrell day, a showcase of local talent on the day designated to honor the memory of the city’s iconic sax man. Then, on to the Meet the Artist session with Allen Toussaint, the concert at 8, and – who knows where the night will go from there? The weekend’s young!
More photos and thoughts coming. And please share your own, as you’re out and about experiencing this year’s 27th annual Discover Jazz Fest.