Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Fest gets the blues – in a good way (via Alabama)

Mobile’s jazz festival has the blues.

Don’t panic: Now in its 17thyear, the Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival has always had the flexibility to explore different ranges of the jazz spectrum. Some years have been heavy on R&B, some have emphasized classic, straight-ahead jazz. Over the years we’ve heard contemporary jazz, New Orleans jazz, big bands and even fusion.

Even so, it’s novel to see a lineup that includes both Jamell Richardson, a young Alabama blues talent who has recently burst onto the scene in a very big way, and saxophonist Eddie Shaw, known for his association with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Richardson and Shaw will perform at the festival’s centerpiece event, a “Jazz in the Temple” concert at the Temple Downtown on Saturday, Aug. 1.

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