Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jazz Goes to the Beach

If it's fall, it must be time to head to the beach for the 21st annual Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival (rehobothjazz.com), so pack off the kids, get the dog sitter lined up, and get ready for the best adult jazz party of the year. Yes, we like rock and everything else, too, but this is a great opportunity to check out a lot of the fine jazz musicians from the local region, and a few headliners, too.

And if you go, I hope you'll stop by and listen to the Van Williamson Trio featuring Felix Contreras and Tom Anthony at their various venues. We'll be playing the usual standards, some Latin tunes, and a couple gems from the pop music world (the Star Trek Theme!). One way or another, the members of the group have been playing at the festival for 20 years, either as solo players or with different ensembles. And did I say enjoying every second?

So this year we'll be at our usual spots, plus a new one. Here's the schedule:

Oct. 14, Thursday, 7-11: Espuma Restaurant, 28 Wilmington Ave., 302-227-4199.

Oct. 15, Friday, 7-11: Porcini House (formerly Chez la Mer), 210 2nd St., 302-227-6494.

Oct. 16, Saturday, 2-4: Rose Garden (women's clothing), 240 Rehoboth Ave., 302-226-9988.

Oct. 16, Saturday, 7-11: Porcini House

Oct. 17, Sunday, 11-2:30: Back Porch Cafe, 59 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-3674.

Probably a good idea to call the restaurants for reservations. The Rose Garden should be fine. Men are welcome, BTW.

Hope we'll see you this year!

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