Jazz chair: On this year’s fest

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The crowd in Holmes Ampitheatre during the 2012 Jazz in the Pines Festival. File photo

This weekend is the 20th-annual Jazz in the Pines festival and third festival Marsha Lytle has chaired.

“I feel great about it,” Lytle said Friday, Aug. 9. “Ticket sales are exceeding expectations. I’m sure the special two-day deal helped. The last two weeks have been huge. I don’t remember sales this strong this close to the end last year or the year before.”

Marsha Lytle talking about the 20th Jazz in the Pines festival. Photo by J.P. Crumrine

Despite the success of this year’s jazz fest, Lytle is relinquishing her position. Although she has chaired the annual jazz pilgrimage to Idyllwild for three years, she has been actively involved in its production for 15.

“Marsha has provided great leadership and vision in presenting such a wonderful event,” said Steven Fraider, executive director of Idyllwild Arts and director of the Summer Program. “Her voice and presence will be missed greatly.”

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