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Venerable festival featured Island teens among performers BY DAVID MARKOWITZ A talented group of island teenagers performed in the his- toric Avalon Casino earlier this month as part of the 28th Annual Catalina JazzTrax Festival. Budget From page 1 Harbor. The list of repairs and replacements included a new truck for the harbor, multiple floats for the fuel dock, repairs to the pier pile and crane, and a security sys- tem for the harbor. New floating devices for the fuel dock will cost $125,000. An inspection of the crane, which included a look at the flag- pole, determined the crane needs balancing help yet the flagpole needs no more than a new paint job. The Council hopes the accom- plish the later task as an in-house project. The pile had received bids for $22,000 and $27,000, but the Council hopes to obtain a bid in the range of $12,000 to $14,000. The cost of the camera secu- rity system got marked to be about $35,000 while the new harbor truck must replace equipment from the old one, described asmore of a van from the 1980s, Additionally, the Council intends to purchase a generator and build a gas line to the pier, which will help provide power in the case of an emergency blackout. The Council also reviewed a handful of projects, like the Storm Water and Reclaimed Water pro- meets. The Council intends to finish reviewing all the updates at the next sessions. Harvey said the Council will go through department and department, which he excpects will take somewhere around four hours at the Nov. 3 meeting. "We will just march on through," Harvey said. "As painful as that might be." Every member, expect Council member Richard Hernandez, attended the meeting. Lease From page 8 Island Conservancy to find an operator for the Inn on Mt. Ada for several months before choosing the Island Company. The Island Company has also reached an agreement with the current inn- keepers to purchase all aspects of their business. "The Inn on Mount Ada's his- toric legacy as the former home of the Wrigley family deserves the utmost care and respect," said Rand'all Herrel Sr., president and chief executive officer of the Island Company. "We are pleased and honored to continue that legacy and welcome back guests who have been coming to the Inn for genera- tions, along with new visitors." The Inn will close in December for minor renovations and reopen in early 2015. Beginning Monday, Nov. 17, call the Island Company at 877-778-9395 for information or reservations. The appearance by local youth was a historic first for the festi- val. Invited by promoter Art Goode, the student jazz combo tgok resi- dence in the art deco "Marine Bar," a cozy, alcohol-free nook on the mezzanine. The youngsters breezed through sets of standards, tackling familiar classics with maturity and enthusi- asm. Standout vocalist Veronika Danielyan, 16, brought the tight focus of a young Ella Fitzgerald to "Lullabye of Birdland" and "Paper Moon," then explored the smoky depths of her voice in blistering versions of "Feeling Good" and "Ain't No Sunshine." Seventeen year-old Nate Breese's growling tenor saxo- phone darted and danced in and around vocals, exploding into raucous improvisations reminis- cent of King Curtis or Big Jay McNeely. A silkier tone emerged in a minimalist reading of "My Funny Valentine," where Mr. Breese's sense of phrasing added a touch of wry humor to the minor chords. A portrait of expressionist intensity on the piano, Ariella Markowitz, 17, searched out flur- ries of notes and voicings with artistic focus and harmonic inven- tiveness. Ms. Markowitz excelled in a powerful 'stride" bass during "Orange Colored Sky" and nota- bly in her gospel-infused accom- paniment to singer Carly Sabicer's "Hallelujah" and "I Love Her So" Ms. Sabicer, 17, gifted with a strong and warm instrument, daz- zled with powerful blues phrasing during "Hallelujah" and a Judy Garland-esque elegance in "Come Rain or Come Shine." Drummer Michaela Edwards, 17, provided an easy sense of swing and deli- cate cymbal work that enhanced the ensemble effort. The annual jazz festival, an iconic event on Santa Catalina Island, was held over two three- day weekends this year: Oct. 9-12 and Oct. 16-19. For more informa- tion, visit www.jazztrax.com. J October 31 through November Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated R Admission: Adult $15.00, Senior or Child $13.00 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pm Admission: Adult $10.00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission Catalina Islanders Veronika Danielyan, Nathaniel Breese and Ariella Markowitz were among the local youth who participated as performers at the Jazztrax Festival earlier this month. Courtesy photo. Part of the Chet's Hardware family of businesses Lic# E2486 Produ No plastic waste G rea/t : ts 75% more THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, October 31, 2014 9