Photo credits: Peter Szabadi and Julie Pendray
Video: Julie Pendray
The event, held every August, is one of the most exciting happenings on the calendar of this mile-high community, known for its population of musicians and visual artists. Idyllwild is home to approximately 3,850 people in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs. The four seasons and the local flair for the arts attract visitors from the desert, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Jazz in the Pines raises money for the academy, whose students come from all over the world to study in college preparatory courses under a faculty of working artists. The academy also offers a summer program for all ages.
This year’s Jazz in the Pines featured more than 20 bands during the two days, as well as 60 art vendors. Performers included Euphoria Brass Band, Peter Sprague with his quintet and string consort, plus Ruby & the Red Hots — all based in San Diego. Accomplished performers now based in Idyllwild included Marshall Hawkins, Barnaby Finch and Paul Carman. Former American Idol finalist Casey Abrams of Idyllwild also entertained the crowd.
Enjoy video of some of the weekend’s dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6H35I0ggus
Directors for the event this year were Anne Erickson, Anne Finch and Pam Goldwasser.
(9-27-14 — The amount donated to the academy has not yet been publicly released.)
To learn more about Idyllwild Arts Academy and its programs, visit the web site.
To find out more about the annual Jazz in the Pines, click here.