Jazz and Reggae Festival Review

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The Annual Jazz Reggae Festival is a two day festival for music, art, culture and diversity, held every Memorial Day Weekend on the UCLA Intramural Field. This event is particular special because it is a student-produced event that has been highly acclaimed by the press, artists, and the Los Angeles community as one of California’s premiere concerts in both Jazz and Reggae genres of music. The Reggae Jazz festival began over 20 years ago and was originally held at the UCLA Recreation Center. It was created to provide more avenues for student musicians to perform in front of the public. Over time the interest and population of the one day Jazz Reggae Festival grew, so a second day was added to the fest and it was moved the UCLA Intramural Field, where a larger audience could be accommodated. In the past the festival has featured top selling professional artists such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, India Arie, Buju Banton, The Roots, Beenie Man, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, Rafael Saadiq, and Stephen Marley. This was my 1st year personally attending but I have always heard great things about it. I myself am an artist in many continuums such as dance, poetry, and music. Due to my background in the arts I was so excited and expected so much from this event. I was expecting to arrive to a sunny day, greeted by smiling faces, the smell of incents, great music and carefree spirits. Despite the fact that I don’t like too much sun, I was pleased that everything I expected, I was delighted to see. Winder 2 As a musician I take particular interest in the jazz aspect of the festival, because my primary instrument is the saxophone followed by piano, then guitar. Thanks to my close friend who was involved in the student’s production team, I was able to take pictures with one of the amazing saxophonist. That was the highlight of my day. The only thing that disappointed me was the

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