VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Jazz Festival wrapped up a weekend of live music Sunday with a tribute to gospel and the military.
Alive Music Orchestra’s Rhythm and Brass played gospel, and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West were scheduled to close the festival Sunday with its big-band sound.
Organizers of the three-day event said there was a reasonably good turnout during the weekend considering Saturday’s inclement weather, which caused a scheduling frenzy.
“If it hadn’t been for the rain, I think it would have been a little better,” said Keith Stout, founder of the Vaca Jazz Society. “It hit us hard.”
Stout, who also leads Alive Music Orchestra, said he received several calls Saturday from people concerned that the entire festival had been cancelled. That was not the case.
Featured performers at the weekend event included Stout’s Alive Music Orchestra, Delbert Bump’s septet, Sapo Guapo, the Vallejo Community Jazz Band and Vanden High School’s Jazz Ensemble. There were a couple of cancellations, however, and the Vacaville Jazz Society’s Youth Camp had to tentatively reschedule its recital from Saturday morning to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Golden West Middle School, according to Stout.
Trumpet player Stan Suderow, of Alive Music Orchestra, said the rain kept people away, but Sunday was beautiful.
“There’s been a constant stream of families with their kids,” he said.
Suderow, a Vacaville resident, joined the band 20 years ago and also works with the Vaca Jazz Society.
“Our primary goal was to bring out big band music to people with a Christian message of hope,” he said.
Gospel Sunday carried that message as the Rev. Frank Salamone, of Dixon’s Cornerstone Baptist Church, was scheduled to join Alive Music Orchestra at the event.
And to honor POW/MIA Day, the festival’s military tribute was scheduled to feature retired U.S. Air Force Col. Don Kidder; retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Nick Uren; retired U.S. Air Force Col. Len Augustine, the former mayor of Vacaville; Travis Air Force Base 349th Air Mobility Wing Commander Col. Matthew Burger and Travis’ 60th Air Mobility Wing Commander Col. Corey Martin.
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