The music of Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Part 2


As Clearwater Jazz Holiday progressed into its last two days, I heard yet even more different genres of music played. There really is something for everyone here.

Day 3: An afternoon of traditional jazz

I’m so glad that there is still room for some traditional jazz music at Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Saturday afternoon I was treated to the music of the Fred Johnson Quartet and the Brian Bromberg Full Circle Band.

The Fred Johnson Quartet featuring Cliff Downs

The Fred Johnson Quartet featuring Cliff Downs. Veteran jazz man, Fred Johnson, has been performing for 35 years. In the past, he has opened for Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillepsie, BB King, Patti La Belle, and many more greats. That’s him sitting on the box – Fred is a percussionist.

Brian Bromberg Full Circle Band

Brian Bromberg Full Circle Band. Brian Bromberg is a veteran bass player – he’s been playing professionally since 1979 and it shows. Brian considers his most recent recording, Full Circle, to be the most important record of his career.

Day 4: Americana and Rock

On its last day, Clearwater Jazz Holiday often experiments with musical acts from outside the world of jazz & blues. Folk, Americana, and rock were all represented this year, with The Lone Bellow, Houndmouth, The Ries Brothers, and Grace Potter all performing on Sunday.

Houndmouth brought the Americana to Clearwater Jazz holiday this year. You may know them from their 2015 hit "Sedona."

Houndmouth brought the Americana to Clearwater Jazz holiday this year. You may know them from their 2015 hit, “Sedona.”

Grace Potter really rocked out at Clearwater Jazz Holiday this year. Here she is singing one of her ballads.

Grace Potter really rocked out at Clearwater Jazz Holiday this year. Here she is singing one of her ballads.

I always feel very exhausted and a little sad when Clearwater Jazz holiday ends on Sunday night. It was a great four days of music, food, friendship, and family. I heard some great jazz acts and some great acts that weren’t jazz at all, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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