2018-09-08 / News

Festival Attendees Enjoy Jazz Performances and Reuniting with Friends



Grand Hotel Music Director Alex Graham (right) and hotel musicians provided music throughout the weekend, including at the cocktail receptions on the front porch of the hotel. Matt Tatro is on drums, Ben Tiberio on bass, Brendin Polk on piano, and Mr. Graham on saxophone. Grand Hotel Music Director Alex Graham (right) and hotel musicians provided music throughout the weekend, including at the cocktail receptions on the front porch of the hotel. Matt Tatro is on drums, Ben Tiberio on bass, Brendin Polk on piano, and Mr. Graham on saxophone.

Rain last weekend forced most of the jazz performances and picnic lunches indoors, but the sun was out Sunday morning, September 2, for the gospel singing of Rachael Davis on Grand Hotel’s front porch. Rain last weekend forced most of the jazz performances and picnic lunches indoors, but the sun was out Sunday morning, September 2, for the gospel singing of Rachael Davis on Grand Hotel’s front porch.

At left: Regular jazz weekend attendees are (from left) Janet Shaw of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 33 years; Sherrie Knighton of Indianapolis, seven years; Jackie Jones of Pittsburgh, 25 years; Lynne Austin and Ken Manz of Chicago, 15 years; and Barbara and Jim Hrubes of Wildwood, Missouri, 13 years. At left: Regular jazz weekend attendees are (from left) Janet Shaw of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 33 years; Sherrie Knighton of Indianapolis, seven years; Jackie Jones of Pittsburgh, 25 years; Lynne Austin and Ken Manz of Chicago, 15 years; and Barbara and Jim Hrubes of Wildwood, Missouri, 13 years.

Stacy and Marcus Chassagne of Chicago were married three years ago and have celebrated their honeymoon at the jazz weekend since. Mr. Chassagne has been a regular attendee since the festival’s beginnings in the 1980s. Stacy and Marcus Chassagne of Chicago were married three years ago and have celebrated their honeymoon at the jazz weekend since. Mr. Chassagne has been a regular attendee since the festival’s beginnings in the 1980s.

Paul Anthony and Branford Marsalis share a laugh following a question and answer session Sunday morning. Mr. Anthony, a music expert and long-time public television personality, is the emcee for the weekend and conducts interviews with the headliners. Paul Anthony and Branford Marsalis share a laugh following a question and answer session Sunday morning. Mr. Anthony, a music expert and long-time public television personality, is the emcee for the weekend and conducts interviews with the headliners.

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