The 2018 Blue Jay Jazz Festival opened on Thursday, August 9, with the triumphant return of Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, longtime Festival favorites with a half-dozen appearances since their debut in 2000.
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Making their debut at the 2018 Blue Jay Jazz Festival were Billy Mitchell & Circle of Friends: Andrew Carney-trumpet, Dave Cowan-drums, Kimo Cornwell-keyboards, Jock Ellis-bone, Robert Kyle-sax, Kurt Hammernik-percussion, Yu Ooka-guitar, Michael Saucier-bass and Billy Mitchell-keyboards. Sitting in were vocalist Bili Redd and guest pianist Yuko Mabuchi.
On behalf of the Circle Of Friends, I’d like to thank the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation for a truly wonderful event. The love and respect that was shown us is deeply appreciated. We look forward to working with you in the future.
– Billy Mitchell
The video at left was shot and provided by pianist Yuko Mabuchi
Blue Jay Jazz celebrates talented students
The Rim High marching band kicked off the final concert of this year's Blue Jay Jazz Festival at SkyPark at Santa's Village. The musicians from the Cal State San Bernardino jazz band – current students, alumni and community friends – were joined by two of this year's Future Generation Music Scholarship recipients – Joshua Maines and Madeline Zweber. The third scholarship winner, Gavin Harris, was unable to attend.
"The final Blue Jay Jazz Festival concert featuring the CSUSB Jazz Band and Rim High School Marching Band captures the musical diversity, vigor, excitement and hope of our organization, said Chris Levister, President Blue Jay Jazz Foundation which produces the annual Blue Jay Jazz Festival at SkyPark. “It is an honor to partner with Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead and our loyal sponsors, to support the new generation of musicians through scholarships, grants and performance opportunities dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of jazz and blues.”
1. Members of the Mountain Boys and Girls Scout Color Guard before getting things started by performing a flag ceremony
2. Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Vice President Hugh A. Bialecki (left) is joined by Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead immediate past President Cheryl Moxley and San Bernardino Co. Supervisor Janice Rutherford in presenting scholarships and certificates of recognition to 2018 awardees Madeline Zweber and Joshua Mainez front r-l. Not pictured is awardee Gavin Harris. The August 23, 2018 joint presentation at the Blue Jay Jazz Festival in SkyPark also included Rotary Club members (rear l-r Patrick Rains, Shelia Ben Hur, Bob Gladwell, Rim of the World High School principal, David Nygren and Superintendent of San Bernardino City Schools Dale Marsden.
3. Rim of the World High School Marching Band with its new Music Director Kevin Enriquez.
4. Scholarship awardee Joshua Mainez with the CSUSB Jazz Band.
5. Scholarship awardee Madeline Zweber.