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Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival in September

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Jazz 88.3 FM, Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association Re-launch Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival: 26 bands, Seven stages, One Fun-filled Day of Music and More!

SAN DIEGO (June 2010): Jazz 88.3 and the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association will make waves in San Diego this fall with its newly expanded Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival on Saturday, September 11, 10:00am to 7:00pm on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, California.

“We're excited to bring back the festival in full force, expanding it to include more jazz and blues acts than ever before," said Jazz 88.3 Station Manager Mark DeBoskey.

Jazz 88.3, San Diego's original jazz station broadcasting from San Diego City College, will bring an impressive lineup of 26 jazz artists and bands to perform on seven stages throughout the day, including: saxophonist Maceo Parker, New Orleans brass band Bonerama, Charlie Hunter Trio, saxophonist Justo Almario, Geoffrey Keezer Trio, Ernie Watts Quintet, Holly Hofmann/Mike Wofford Trio and the Four Queens of Boogie Woogie (featuring Sue Palmer). In addition to nationally-acclaimed acts, local student bands, including San Diego State University All Star Big Band, Mission Bay High School Dixieland Band and San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts Jazz Ensemble will strut their musical talent.

“Expanding the festival allowed us to present more music styles, including Latin jazz, funk, blues, swing...many different elements," said Claudia Russell, Jazz 88.3 program director and festival advisor. “The newly designed festival will offer three all-ages stages, as well as student musicians. After all, part of the jazz tradition is sharing and passing down the sound."

Music stages will be located at various Ocean Beach bars and venues, including Winstons, Gallaghers, The Harp and Hodad's parking lot, plus the Main Stage at the foot of the Ocean Beach Pier, a Community Stage in the grassy area near lifeguard Tower 2 and a private Patrons stage in the courtyard of the Ocean Beach Hotel. Also along Newport Avenue, between Bacon and Cable streets, 60 fine artist vendors will display and sell their work.

In commemoration of 9/11, there will be a musical tribute to the US military.

Tickets are $30 General Admission (plus $2 service charge) and $200 for VIP Patron tickets/seats, which include hosted food and beverage, complimentary valet parking and a commemorative festival gift bag. Children age 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available online in mid-June at obmusicfest.org.

About Jazz 88.3:
Member-supported KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM, popularly known as Jazz 88.3, is San Diego's original jazz radio station, licensed to the San Diego Community College District, broadcasting 24 hours a day from the campus of San Diego City College with 22,000 watts of power. The nonprofit is San Diegos only station serving an eclectic range of authentic mainstream jazz fare, including a wide variety of traditional and progressive styles, from big band, swing and blues to bebop, cool, fusion, and more. Jazz 88.3 hosts and broadcasts a regular series of live jazz concerts throughout the year, including monthly Jazz Live performances, and is an ardent supporter of music education in San Diego.

The mission of Jazz 88.3 is to present, preserve and promote the uniquely American art form that is Jazz. Through programming, events and education, KSDS advances the appreciation and understanding of Jazz with a local, national and international audience. For more information, visit http://www.jazz88.org or call (619) 388-3037.

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