July 28, 2007
Saturday afternoon’s festival performances opened with a band featuring Joe Locke (vibes), Chuck Deardorf (bass), Jon Wikan (drums) Bruce Forman (guitar) and Thomas Marriott (sax).
The big doors in McCurdy Pavilion were open for Saturday afternoon’s performances, hinting at the building’s original function as a military balloon hangar.
Roberta Gambarini (vocals) was next up. She was backed by John Clayton (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums) and Tamir Hendelman (piano).
Closing out the afternoon session was the astonishing Gerald Wilson, leading the Festival All Star Big Band. Born in 1918, this big bandleader, composer, arranger, educator, multiple Grammy award winner and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master is a force of nature.
Last act at the 2007 edition of this deeply-satisfying festival was the Roy Hargrove band in the Saturday evening performance. Hargrove was joined by Justin Robinson (alto sax, flute), Gerald Clayton (piano), Montez Coleman (drums) and Danton Boiler (drums).
Until next year . . .