Following the announcement of the headliners for the August Jazz in the Pines Festival, John Newman has nearly completed the full two-day schedule. Many familiar and popular artists will perform in all three venues the weekend of Aug.15 and 16.
On Saturday, jazz seekers again will be treated to the tones from the Euphoria Brass Band, Greg Jones Band, Ruby and the Red Hots, bassist Henry Franklin and pianists Joshua White and Harry Pickens.
Then Sunday, the ever-popular and Summer Program alum Lisa Haley with the Zydecats, Chuck Alvarez’s band, Peter Sprague and Robin Adler all will be performing.
Last December, San Diego jazz columnist Robert Bush listed his best jazz performances of 2014. Many of the acts and performers, including Joshua White, Robin Adler and the Mutts of the Planet, Rob Thorsen, Gibert Castellanos, Mark Wofford and Holly Hofmann Quartet will be at the 2015 Jazz in Pines.
These are all in addition to the Graham Dechter Quartet, who will be on the main stage Saturday at the Holmes Amphitheatre. Sunday will feature saxophonist Charles McPherson and 2009 IA graduate Casey Abrams will close the festival. Newman hinted that Abrams might have a special guest.
The variety of jazz genres continues to be an important feature of Jazz in the Pines. Jazz aficionados will be able to hear many jazz styles — from bebop to classical with a tasting of zydeco, gospel and the Seahawk Jazz Orchestra.
“There is something for everyone,” Newman said, stressing the festival’s breadth and popularity.
Jazz performers continue to contact him asking if he needs additional acts. “They are eager to play in Idyllwild,” he said. “They love and respect Marshall Hawkins.” Many are already on his potential list for the 2016 festival.
While the familiar artists continue to be attractions, Newman stressed that the festival also has an educational purpose. “There’s a new generation of jazz musicians and we want to reach the younger and formative audience, too,” he said. “An educational component will always be important to Jazz in the Pines. Attracting and building the younger audience is important to jazz and the American culture. We need the existing potential listeners for the future of jazz.”
The Patron’s VIP Dinner Party on Friday night, Aug. 14, will feature Ruby and the Red Hots and several special guests, Newman promised. The evening’s cuisine, “Bistro Rouge,” to complement the music, will offer treats and delights from the country’s jazz hot spots such as Memphis, Kansas City, Chicago and New Orleans.
Tickets, including the Patron’s VIP Dinner Party package, can be bought online at www.idyllwildjazz.com. Already more than $25,000 worth of tickets has been purchased online, well ahead of the 2014 sales pace.