In a landmark move for the Blue Jay Jazz Festival, the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation, which produces the annual event, has announced that the 2017 summer concert series will be held at SkyPark at Santa's Village, the San Bernardino Mountains entertainment and dining destination that reopened in 2016 after extensive renovation.
The 2017 Blue Jay Jazz Festival, featuring internationally acclaimed performers from blues, soul and funk as well as jazz, will take place on three consecutive Thursdays, August 10, 17 and 24. Getting things started on August 10 will be The King Brothers blues band, featuring Sam and Lee King. Greg Adams and East Bay Soul will follow on August 17. Bringing the series to a rousing conclusion will be headliner Adrianna Marie and her Groovecutters on August 24, with the Rim of the World High School Jazz Band and other acts to be announced.
The King Brothers bring their unique brand of blues back to the Blue Jay Jazz Festival on Thursday, August 10. They began electrifying Festival audiences in 2007 with a style that establishes new standards of blues while staying true to a solid blues tradition. Raised in the Bay Area city of Richmond, drummer Sam and guitarist-vocalist Lee have played, toured and recorded with such blues legends as their cousin Freddie King and their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "adopted uncle," Albert King. Their most recent CD, Get up and Shake It, follows 1997's Turnin' Up the Heat and Mo Heat, released in 2001. The All About Jazz website said of their music, "This is blues played the way it should be."
THE BAND • Lee King, guitar, vocals; Sam King, drums; Al Threats, bass; Michael King, keyboards; Michael Fell, harmonica.
THE RECORDINGS • Turnin' Up the Heat, 1997, M S Distributing; Mo' Heat, 2001, The Orchard; Get up and Shake It, 2016, Club Savoy Records
Greg Adams and East Bay Soul will take the SkyPark stage on Thursday, August 17. Adams, who first appeared at the Blue Jay Jazz Festival in 2004, is among America's most admired trumpet players. Before releasing his first solo album, the chart-topping Hidden Agenda, in 1995, Adams was a founding member of the legendary Tower of Power, where he performed and arranged on 14 TOP recordings. More recently he formed a horn-powered band of his own, East Bay Soul, which now is an established force across genres, including jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul and funk. In addition to his work with Tower of Power, the Grammy- and Emmy-nominated Adams arranged, performed and recorded with Wilson Pickett, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovett, Luther Vandross, Aaron Neville, The Brothers Johnson, Al Green, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and The Rolling Stones among others. His recent release, That's Life, features horn-fueled and orchestrated vintage soul and pop.
THE BAND • Greg Adams, trumpet; Darryl Walker, lead vocals, tenor sax; Johnnie Bamont, alto, tenor, baritone saxes, flute, bkgd vocals; Greg Vail, alto, tenor saxes, flute, bkgd vocals ; Nick Milo, keyboards, bkgd vocals; Kay-Ta Matsuno, guitar; Dwayne 'Smitty' Smith, bass; Herman Matthews, drums, bkgd vocals; Johnny Sandoval, Latin percussion, bkgd vocals.
THE RECORDINGS • East Bay Soul, 2009, Ripa Records; East Bay Soul 2.0, 2012, Ripa; That's Life, 2015, Ripa
Adrianna Marie and her Groovecutters makes its Blue Jay Jazz Festival debut on August 24. Leading the group, which comes off a triumphant appearance at last May's Doheny Blues Festival, is a singer born into American jazz, blues, folk and roots music. Adrianna's parents were part of the '60s folk group The Carol Lee Singers, and as a child she learned the power of music while on tour with them. By the age of 10 she was performing in summer stock in New England. Then, at 17, she headed to California "with nothing but her guitar and a desire to experience the world that had been calling her all her life." Her eclectic blend of folk, jazz and blues-infused vocals helped earn her blues debut, Double Crossing Blues, award nominations from both The Blues Foundation and Blues Blast Magazine. Blues Blast was quick to endorse her sophomore effort, this year's Kingdom of Swing, which features her sultry, sassy versions of classics as well as originals. The magazine called it a "dazzling follow-up of jump, swing and traditional small combo blues."
THE BAND • Adrianna Marie, vocals, bass; LA Jones, guitar, vocals; Blake Martin, trumpet; Mike Czaja, saxophone; Bruce Rubio, baritone sax; Satoshi Kirisawa, drums.
THE RECORDINGS • Double Crossing Blues, 2013, Midnight Owl Records; Kingdom of Swing, 2017, Vizztone
SkyPark at Santa's Village has a huge lot and parking will be free on concert nights. (There is a $10 fee for parking on weekends.)
Do you have access to other parts of SkyPark?
Your concert admission does NOT entitle you to the park's attractions. However, shops and restaurants will be accessible.
What about wheelchair access?
SkyPark is wheelchair accessible. If you or someone in your party will be using a wheelchair, please notify Blue Jay Jazz by emailing here
Can I purchase tickets by phone?
Yes, you can purchase tickets by calling the SkyPark Admissions Office at 909-744-9373. They are open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Yes, as long as seats are available, you can purchase tickets at the door. (To check availability, call the SkyPark Admissions Office at the number, and between the hours, listed above.
Do I bring my own chairs?
Do NOT bring chairs. All seating is provided and prearranged.
What do I get for purchasing a table?
Tables are $269 and that includes eight chairs and admission for eight guests. Concierge service is also included in the price of the table.
Can I bring my own food and wine?
Festival goers can bring their own food and beverages, including alcohol.
Can dinners be ordered in advance?
YES. There are three boxed dinners SkyPark will prepare. They must be ordered at least 48 hours prior to your concert's start. The three meals are below
Box Option 1: $12 pre-order or $14 at the Park (St. Nick’s Restaurant) - SkyPark Club option also, small side salad, chips, pickle spears
Box Option 2: $12 pre-order or $14 at the Park (St. Nick’s Restaurant) - SkyPark Club (Veggie) option also, small side salad, chips, pickle spears
Box Option 3: $16 pre-order or $18 at the Park (Gathering’s Restaurant) - 2 mini prime rib sliders, cornbread muffin, cole slaw, grilled zucchini wedge