Al Grey, the late trombonist, who passed away in 2000 was a familiar face at this annual event now in its 32nd year. Held May 2nd and 3rd at The Scottsdale Hilton Resort, we enjoyed performances by a stellar roster of jazz greats including, Dick Hyman, Jon Burr, Houston Person, Sam Most, Scotty Barnhart, Carl Saunders, John Heard, Mike Kocour, Bruce Foreman, Sarrah Morrow, Joe LaBarbera, John Cocuzzi, Dom Moio, Butch Miles, Lucas Pino, Ionnis Goudelis, Tamir Hedelman, Martin Wind, Dwight Kilian, and the guest of honor this year was Dave Frishberg. I sure hope I didn't leave anyone out.
We had a great time! The music was fabulous, and what a pleasure it was to hear the reminiscing about Al Grey through his widow, Rosalie Soladar and from his fellow musicians and fans alike.
Al, your spirit and your music lives on!