Jazz in the Pines: Idyllwild Music

It's year 24 for the acclaimed alfresco music festival.

IDYLLWILD... sounds perfectly idyllic, and so it is, thanks to its year-round knack for delivering mountain-perfect weather, and some snow, and some autumn crispness, and a small-town, walk-around vibe that is felt by locals and visitors alike. One of the jewels on the calendar of this cool, often literally, spot happens in August, and it happens to attract some lauded artists of the ballad-crooning, note-swelling sort. It's Jazz in the Pines, which reveals that the music festival takes place outdoors, among the tall trees of the area, and it also gives more than a little hint about the type of tuneage to expect. Jazz shall rule, as it has for nearly the last quarter century, when a host of top-notch musicians pick up their instruments and play on...

SATURDAY, AUG. 12 AND SUNDAY, AUG. 13: "(O)ver two dozen performers" are on the roster, including Eric Kufs, The Max Haymer Trio, Roy McCurdy, and The Tamir Hendelman Trio. Also on the stage? Marshall Hawkins, who founded Jazz in The Pines (you may have seen Mr. Hawkins play in the past with luminaries such as Miles Davis, Roberta Flack, and Herbie Hancock). The place? The great music will swirl, swoop, and bring the joy at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Idyllwild Arts, the historical boarding school and arts program, is the beneficiary. And a ticket price? It's $85 per day, and a weekend pass is $150 (note that kids under 18 are admitted free with an adult ticket holder). It's a sound-amazing centerpiece of summer and a mountain tradition 'round these parts. You dig jazz, small-town scenes, and fabulous musicians? Jazz in the Pines is for you, dear music maven.

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