Jazzing It Up in The Palm Springs Valley
In the category of “never a dull moment in the Palm Springs Valley,” I’m reminded of all the great music that’s available in our area. Of course, the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals are legendary. And the offerings at the McCallum and Annenberg Theatres are extensive. But there are plenty of other places—some that may surprise you—that offer great opportunities to enjoy melodies and harmonies, especially when it comes to jazz. www.mccallumtheatre.com www.psmuseum.org
In one of the most unlikely places to find a concert series, Pete Carlson’s Golf and Tennis store in Palm Desert clears out a huge portion of its jam-packed retail space and fills it to the rafters with jazz lovers 6 – 10 times each season. You’re never more than a few weeks away from hearing some of the best musicians in the country. www.petecarlsonsgolf.com 760-568-3263
My fellow jazzaholic (and Rancho Mirage blogger) Diana Dodge is a huge fan of the Idyllwild “Jazz in the Pines” Festival, which takes place this year on August 17 and 18. The event will be celebrating twenty years with more than 20 groups performing jazz, blues, Latin, and rock in three venues up in the nearby San Jacinto Mountains—a mere hour or so drive from the desert. www.idyllwildjazz.com
From April 4 -7, 2013—and coinciding with one of the largest women’s events in the word (Dinah Shore Weekend)—promoters Lucy and Gail will be offering non-stop music at the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival. Definitely NOT just for women, 20+ performers and groups will be on hand to provide non-stop entertainment in a variety of venues. www.lucyandgail.com
And then there’s the annual Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, which takes place each fall in Whitewater Park and brings in a number of great groups to serenade art lovers. Check back this summer for exact dates and scheduled performers. www.ranchomirageca.gov
For those who like to live on the wild side, you’re sure to enjoy one of the more fun venues in which to listen to great jazz—The Living Desert in Palm Desert, where they have been offering the Jazzoo Concert Series for 29 seasons! Light food, beer, wine, and soft drinks are available, and concerts take place indoors both day and evening. Check out all the events at www.livingdesert.org.
And for those who are looking to jazz and dine, there are a variety of restaurants throughout the communities of the Palm Springs Oasis that make live jazz available to their guests. BluEmber at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is always one of my favorites! (www.rancholaspalmas.com).
So tap your toes away and look for Diana and me in the crowd. We’re sure to be there!