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  • Regina Davis wrote on August 09, 2012 report

    The arty town of Idyllwild presents a first-rate music festival that swings and sings with jazzy melodies in late August. The 19th annual “Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines,” situated in the mile-high community of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains, just a short two-hour drive from Los Angeles, offers an eclectic roster of performances for all to enjoy – along with new festival amenities.

    Set for Saturday, August 25 and Sunday 26, “Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines,” kicks off with an opening night gala Patron’s Dinner Dance reception on Friday, August 24. All of the festivities take place on the campus of the Idyllwild Arts Academy, located at 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild, CA 92549.

    Festival tickets are $65.00 per day ($120.00 for both days), children under 12 are free if accompanied by a paying adult. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Concerts begin at 10:30 a.m. Free parking in designated lots with shuttles running continuously from the center of town. Campus parking is limited to VIP ticket holders and handicapped only. For tickets and additional information visit: or call the Hotline at (951) 500-4090.

    NEW THIS SEASON: Leave the driving to us! For only $30.00 per person round trip, the JAZZ TRANS will transport attendees to and from the event with pickups in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. Offer available on Saturday, August 25 only. Ticket purchase are available online only at, click on “Tickets.”

    Event’s proceeds support the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

    Characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre, this year’s festival once again presents music enthusiasts diverse mix of all things JAZZ at three outdoor venues: Holmes Amphitheatre (“Main Stage”), Stephens Recital Hall (“The Barn”), and The French Quarter, plus a “Festival Marketplace” along winding pathways lined with various art and crafts booths. “Dine in the Pines” offers food, beverages, and alcoholic concoctions for the over 21 crowd, as well as sponsor and informational booths.

    The festival weekend kicks off on Friday, August 24, with the Patron’s Dinner Dance at Nelson Hall on the Idyllwild Arts Campus. “A Taste of Idyllwild" Cocktail Party hosted by Idyllwild Restaurants starts this special evening with a Red Carpet Entrance. The night continues with gourmet food, fine wine and fun, along with music by the Idyllwild Arts Students and Alumni, with a special appearance by Guest of Honor, Mary Stallings with pianist Eric Reed and “Brush Master” Clayton Cameron. The Patron’s Package also includes one ticket for each day of the festival, VIP preferred parking, and reserved seating in the Holmes Amphitheatre (“Main Stage”). A limited number of packages are available at $250 per person and are on sale until Monday, August 20.