Adventures in the world of Traditional Jazz and Ragtime.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fresno 28th "The Sounds of Mardi Gras"

We arrived thinking this would be their last year ... to find fliers on the registration desk promoting next year's festival! They're working as hard as they can to raise enough money to do it again.

Devil Mountain Jazz Band (minus drummer and pianist - I couldn't see them)

Sorry about the fuzz - they were playing in the lobby, I was on the 4th floor ... this is "Ray Skjelbred's Cubs," a new band with the cream of the crop.
Another from the 4th floor, High Sierra Jazz Band playing for the Parasol Parade.
And the Parasol Parade, probably the largest in the traditional jazz festival circuit. 

These photos show maybe 1/3 of the people involved in the parade. It wasn't possible to get them all in frame. There are some photos of individual musicians, also, that may be posted another time. We got here late and are leaving early, so we weren't able to hear all of the bands. 

George Probert was to be a special guest with one set Thursday night with a band that he put together, and then sitting in with other bands through the weekend. Unfortunately, he was hospitalized last month and his doctors didn't want him to travel this far from home. We'll call him when we get home to see how he's doing. 

As usual, we went to the "Shepherd's Inn" Basque restaurant for dinner last night and found the large center table almost filled with the High Sierra band members and their spouses and friends. They asked us to join them, and we had a wonderful family-style Basque dinner and lots of fun conversation.  

Today we'll drive home, hopefully with a stop in Bakersfield at "Rosemary's Creamery" for some of the best ice cream in the universe. 


  1. Looks like a fun festival. I'm sorry to hear about George's illness. When you call him tell him hello for me.

    1. Thanks for the reminder. We still need to call him!

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