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Long Beach Jazz Festival, August 13-15, 2011, Rainbow Lagoon

Long Beach Jazz Festival - 2011

ESP’s Everett Glen and Sheila Gilmore took in the 24 th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, the only Southern California jazz festival staged on a gorgeous grassy knoll in a beautiful lagoon setting. The festival featured some of the top artists in the world, great food, art and much more.

Urban jazz saxophonist and flautist Najee, Swiss jazz pianist and composer Alex Bugnon and e x- Shalamar leader and Howard Hewett, considered the premier vocalist in the post-Marvin Gaye era of romantic pop headlined the Smooth Side of Jazz under the stars on Friday night.

Scotty and Walter Scott and the rest of the hit-making group, the Whispers, with Darrell R. Brown, Senior VP and Robin Billups, Nat’l Supplier Diversity Manger of title sponsor US Bank.

Blue Note and Capitol Records blues, jazz and gospel saxophonist Everette Harp, smooth jazz vocalist Michael Franks who has recorded with Patti Austin, Brenda Russell and David Sanborn, and saxophonist Kim Waters, one of the premier architects of urban smooth jazz and a beacon of light in contemporary jazz whose music

ESP’s Everett Glenn with namesake and smooth-jazz’s greatest ambassador, saxophonist Everette Harp following Harp’s crowd raising performance.

transcends the musical boundaries of jazz, pop and R&B and who ranks among the top-5 instrumentalists in jazz, headlined a power-packed Saturday lineup that also included the legendary Whispers and Kenny Lattimore.

Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter and keyboardist Amel Larrieux, founding member of Groove Theory, chats with from Lela Thompson, Editor-in-Chief, Power Player Magazine, following her brilliant performance.

Gold-record R&B singer, songwriter and producer Kem, and 4-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and producer Charlie Wilson, former lead vocalist of the Gap Band who was named Billboard Magazine's #1 Adult R&B Artist, and his song "There Goes My Baby", which was named the #1 Urban Adult Song for 2009 in Billboard Magazine closed out Sunday’s performances, which also included Grammy-nominated Down to the Bone and Jackiem Joyner, whose single “I’m Waiting For You” was the longest-running #1 single in 2009 and was a finalist for Song of the Year at the inaugural American Smooth Jazz Awards.