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Oct
2014
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Fall

They Came, They Danced, They Got In the Groove

As the final strains of music finally died down at the 2014 Sun Valley Jazz Festival Afterglow Dinner Sunday night, hundreds of fans started to make their way back to everyday life, taking with them wonderful memories and stories.

Put on your party clothes (there's lots for sale if you don't own any), get onto the dance floor and through the doors to all the concerts and parties and enjoy everything the Sun Valley Jazz Festival offers

By all accounts, this year's Jazz Festival was a winner. Featuring 40 bands, 200 musicians, dance instruction and contests, parties, wine tastings, film screenings and much, much more, there truly was something for everyone, whether they traveled to Sun Valley from across the country or from down the road.

Even for those of us who were not able to carve out four days to devote to jazz, blues and swing, there were many ways to get in on the fun.

Free concerts in Ketchum Town Square drew fans to great music under beautiful autumn skies

One way was to swing by Ketchum Town Square Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for free concerts at Jazz in the Square. Crowds gathered amid the fall spectacle under gorgeous blue skies and a warm sun to enjoy a taste of the sounds keeping venues throughout Sun Valley hopping from morning 'til late in the night.

On Thursday, Sue Palmer, the Queen of Boogie Woogie, took the stage. The group's seven performers commanded the outdoor venue in downtown Ketchum, setting the toes of the dozens of fans a-tappin'. Hailing from San Diego, with a following all over the world, Sue Palmer's unique style creates an atmosphere that has been called "reminiscent of the small clubs and cafes of 1932 Paris, Harlem, West Texas and Hawaii," which was true even in the mountains of Idaho.

The unrecognizable indoor ice rink served as a fantastic concert venue throughout the weekend. Here, Titan Hot Seven delighted the audience and got dancers onto the floor

A stop that same afternoon by the Indoor Ice Rink, transformed into a dramatic concert hall, transported the audience to a different era. When Titan Hot Seven took the stage, the lively music dared people not to take to the special sprung dance floor and let the swing shine through. This group of seven, known for traditional jazz at its best with outstanding soloists and good humor, kept the energy high.

On Friday, the Whiffenpoofs played to a packed house in the Sun Valley Village, wooing with their amazing voices, harmonies and sense of humor

One group I never miss when they come to town for the Jazz Festival is the Whiffenpoofs of Yale. The original a capella masters, this group of 11 men boast beautiful voices, incredible harmonies and a boisterous sense of humor. On Friday, they performed a concert lasting more than an hour to an absolutely jammed house at Satchmo's - the reinvented Ore House at the Sun Valley Village. Singing classics like "I'll be Seeing You", "Down by the Salley Gardens” and favorites including "Midnight Train to Georgia", "The Rainbow Connection," and "House of the Rising Sun," the Whiffenpoofs brought the audience to their feet. Donning their signature tails and white gloves, these Yale seniors always bring a dash of elegance to the Jazz Festival but they never take themselves too seriously. They say they love coming to Sun Valley and in years past have been caught enjoying activities in addition to entertaining -- like taking to the ice!

Everyone knows the Whiffenpoofs can sing, but this threesome also proved they can skate

I always wish there was more time when the Jazz Festival comes to town to enjoy everything that is offered. The dance program is amazing as are all the themed parties and countless other events. From the smiles plastered on the faces of all those wearing buttons (tickets to the weekend events), it certainly looked like everyone who immersed themselves in the weekend kicked up their heels and loved everything there was to do.

This badge is the all-access pass for a whole lot of fun at the Sun Valley Jazz Festival

Even if you're not, per se, a jazz fan, or a dancer make sure to spend some time at next year's Sun Valley Jazz Festival. Wear something fun and be willing to jump in. It is a rocking good time.

 


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