Week-longjazz festival kicks off July 9

Published on Thu, Jul 5, 2007 by ack Kintner

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Week-long jazz festival kicks off July 9

By Jack Kintner

The week-long seventh annual Blaine Jazz Festival kicks off on Monday, July 9 with Listen to the Rhythm, a hot Latin group that brings interpretive dance along with music heavily flavored with Cuban and Brazilian rhythms to the stage at the Blaine school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC).

It’s the kick-off concert for the 2007-2008 Pacific Arts Association season and is one of five evening concerts throughout the week, bringing dance to the main stage for the first time.

Each concert will be previewed on the same day with a free lunch hour mini-concert at noon on the Blaine boardwalk’s G Street plaza.

Other concerts

• A free modern Jazz concert featuring compositions by the Jazz Festival faculty, including Greg Hopkins of Boston’s Berklee School of Music, on Tuesday evening on the Fairhaven Village Green at 7:30 p.m.

• The Cole Porter Review with festival favorite Gretta Matassa on Wednesday evening in the Fairhaven Ferry Terminal.

• The annual String of Pearls concert on Thursday night back in Blaine at the PAC featuring a reprise of Gretta Matassa singing Cole Porter in the second half.

• A Rockin’ Friday the 13th with Jazz Festival faculty featuring guitarist Chris Woitach for the noon concert followed by a free student showcase that evening in the PAC.

On Saturday afternoon from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. the festival takes over Peace Portal Drive with an art fair as students perform on the G Street plaza.

Student registrations are nearly full, and tuition for the week is $250, or $350 with room and board. Tickets for the week’s evening concerts are $20 for adults and $10 for students. For more information visit www.pacificartsassoc.org or call 332-6484.