JAZZ IN BLUE JAY
Some pretty wonderful things happen up here on our mountain top.
One of those wonderful things is Jazz in Blue Jay. Every Thursday night in August the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation puts on a Jazz concert in our little village of Blue Jay.
Now in its 10th season, Jazz in Blue Jay brings world class jazz artists up here to serenade our community in a historic and nature-inspired setting.
And, it has all been designed to give back to our community by using 100% of the proceeds to support music programs in our schools. Chris Levister, President of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation said it perfectly when she described how the music enjoyed in Blue Jay comes full circle: The Blue Jay Jazz festival gives great music to it’s fans, the fans give accolades to the Jazz performers, the festival proceeds go to students and the students eventually give back to their teachers, families, to each other and to the community with the gift of their own music.
Last Thursday we attended the Jazz In Blue Jay concert featuring Gregg Young and his 2nd Street Band, also featuring soul and blues singing sensation Andrea “Little Etta” Palm. They were accompanied by Latin legend and Grammy nominated Dr. Bobby Rodriguez on the trumpet. This Doctor of Music and Professor at UCLA is a great role model for our youth and was a real treat to listen too.
We always buy a table…
so we can enjoy a picnic supper under the stars as we listen to the Jazz In Blue Jay.
There is always lots of good wine to share…
and someone will bring along flowers from their garden to decorate the table.
Brenda will bake her delicious whole grain bread…
that we enjoy with all the accoutrements as a wonderful appetizer.
Last week I attended with my vegetarian friends so we ate a delicious vegetable quiche prepared by my friend Geneal.
Cindy made a delicious arugula and cantaloupe salad…
and we ended the meal with my Peach Gallette…
prepared using peaches fresh off my tree. Stay tuned and next week I plan to share the recipe.
When in attendance with my carnivore friends we’ll have sausages on crusty bread with roasted peppers and seeded mustard.
Along side I’ll serve my recipe for The World’s Best Red Potato Salad. You can get my award winning recipe here.
It is great served alongside my Knock-Off recipe for Wood Ranch BBQ Peanut Coleslaw. You can find the delicious recipe here.
These are two of the very best picnic recipes you will ever find and they may be just what you’d enjoy this Labor Day weekend.
For dessert with my carnivore friends I made Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. That’s my small specimen on the right. I was embarrassed when a friend at an adjoining table offered us one of her bakery-bought Red Velvet Cupcakes.
While the Jazz In Blue Jay concerts have come to an end for this year, I hope you’ll join us next year.
It’s a delicious, fun and entertaining way to enjoy a Thursday evening.
In the meantime here’s a little video with some musical excerpts from previous Jazz In Blue Jay concerts.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
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