Norwegian Road Trip, Part 2: Kongsberg Jazz, July 9-10, 2010
With a couple of late night concerts to round out the last day of the 2010 Kongsberg Jazz Festival, it was time to wrap things up and prepare for a week in Oslo. With all the hustle and bustle of the town during the festival's four days, it's hard to imagine that, by the following morning, almost everyone is gone and there are few signs that the festival had even taken place. With a successful program of music that encourages attendance from a broad demographicand a youthful attendance that proves it is, indeed, possible to ensure that jazz doesn't fade away as aging baby boomers begin to hit their retirement years, festivals like Kongsberg provide a model from which North American jazz festivalsmost facing the clear challenge of attracting people beyond the gray hairs and no hairscould and should learn.
Coming Up: First Encounters in Oslo