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JazzTrax enters 25th year REAL ESTATE SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL RECENTLY NAMED NUMBER ONE IN AMERICA B' DENNIS KAISER If anything has helped main- tain the Wrigley family's vision for Catalina Island and the Casino Ballroom as a premiere music ven- ue starting in the Big Band era, it is the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festi- val. Recently the event was named the number one smooth jazz festi- val in America. The honor was a welcome sur- prise for Art Good, the festival's founder who discussed it in be- tween finalizing plans for this year's concert series. It was made more poignant in that JazzTrax will also celebrate its 25th year on the Island. "It's very significant to me that this is the 25th annual JazzTrax," said Good this week, between dealing with all that goes int0 put- ting together all the details for the shows that will be held over the first three weekends of October. "Being named the top festival re- ally puts a nice cap on the anniver- sary." Good said that having the festi- val last as long as it has makes him feel like a proud survivor. "Not a lot of festivals get this far and I un-. derstand why," he said. "A million things can take a festival or any- thing down, whether it's divorce, the economy or mismanagement. Look at two of our major league baseball teams." Good started promoting con- temporary smooth jazz 30 years ago with a radio show in San Di- ego. He said that even though ra- did seems to be moving away from contemporary jazz, there is still a large audience and demographic for the genre that seeks out jazz festivals and cruises. Good said he is happy that his has remained one of the most popular; with a core au- dience and draw that continues to maintain and even grow. It started as a one-weekend event that went to three weekends in 1999 and has stayed that way since. This festival is different be- cause of the location," Good said. "With the Casino Ballroom and the Island Setting and the beauti- ful town of Avalon. It's a party and it's just legendary for being a great hang." Good said that one woman he met on the Island told him she was not really a fan of smooth jazz. "She said, 'but I love your festi- val,'" Good said. He said this year's seemed to be headed toward record attendance, until the government spooked people about the economy. Tickbts sales or JazzTrax have continued to do well, especially fore the newly formatted "Unplugged" shows this year. He has moved them from the Wrigley Ranch, which included a long bus ride. Jazztrax boasts a new venue for its "Unplugged" series this anni- versary year. The event once held at Rancho Escondido in the interior has been moved into town to Des- canso Beach. The intimate "Under the Stars" event will be presented in the newly remodeled cabana area in the sand. Saxophone artist Mindi Abair, whose popular career debuted at JazzTrax, will open the new venue Thursday night Oct. 6, with Lee Ritenour performing the ARTIST PERFORMANCE Thursday Night Oct. 6th " Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach Mindi Abair Beach Club Open 6 p.m Doors Open 7 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m. Friday Night Oct. 7th Avalon Ballroom Uncle Festive plus - The Max Weinberg Band Doors Open 7 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday Noon Oct. 8th Avalon Ballroom zo plus Spyro Gyra Saturday Night Oct. 8th Avalon Ballroom Cindy Bradley plus Rippingtons Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert Begins 7 p.m. Sunday Noon Oct. 9th Avalon Ballroom Dotsero plus Warren'Hill Sunday Night Oct. 9th Avalon Ballroom Brian Q.'Neal plus Richard Elliot Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert Begins 7 p.m. ** ALL BALLROOM SESSIONS APPROXIMATELY 3 SLOTS AT JAZZTRAX Thursday Night Oct. 13th Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach Lee Ritenour Beach Club Open 6 p.m. Doors Open 7 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m. Friday Night Oct. 14th Avalon Ballroom Willie & Lobo plus Marion Meadows Doors Open 7 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday Noon Oct. 15th Avalon Ballroom JONATHAN FRITZEN plus CHIELI MINUCCI and SPECIAL EFX Saturday Night Oct. 15th Avalon Ballroom Tim Weisberg plus Acoustic Alchemy Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert Begins 7 p.m. Sunday Noon Oct. 16th Avalon Ballroom Brooke AIford plus Eric Darius Sunday Night Oct. 16th Avalon Ballroom Johannes Linstead plus Candy Duller Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert Begins 7 p.m. " HOURS Art Good second Thursday, Oct. 13 and Nor- man Brown playing on Oct. 20. Good said the Descanso shows would feature club seating on chaise lounge chairs, doubled in pairs-for a romantic mood and the club's private cabanas that seat four. Guests will also have the op- tion of.purchasing dinner at Des- canso Beach Grill. The Thursday night unplugged concerts are getting an extra boost this year as a handful of Avalon hotels are offering special festival deals for those who purchase fes- tival tickets and are staying at the hotel from Friday though Sunday on a concert weekend. They will get to spend Thursday at the hotel free of charge. For a quarter cefitury JazzTrax has helped the Island's tourist- driven economy by expanding the busy season and drawing people with money to Avalon during the off-season. 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