Despite a short visit by the rain, the rest of the second day of the Jazz Festival was amazing! We started the evening watching Fern Lindzon, a wonderful vocalist and pianist with her quartet that included the amazing Colleen Allen who plays the most surprising range of wind and woodwind instruments from the piccolo to the tenor sax. I mention her in particular as she also plays with Manteca, the feature band of the evening.
Following Fern was the Ted Warren Commission, a quartet led by percussionist Ted Warren that put on a great show of traditional jazz – he has a great sense of humour as well!
And the finale of the evening, Manteca! who did not disappoint and had the crowd up and dancing while barely into the first song of the set. As mentioned above, Colleen Allen was there with her amazing array of instruments – great show!
One thing of note is that there was an artist doing a live painting of the band on stage during the performance. You can see her off on the right edge of the stage in the video below. Interesting idea and the finished painting did quite a good job of capturing the energy of the performance.
Unfortunately, as I write this, on Sunday morning, the rain is back in constant downfall which does not bode well for the final day of the festival. Fingers crossed that things clear up later this afternoon.