Last year, the Spokane Jazz Society hit on a great way to start the New Year and hold a membership drive - all in one package.
It worked so well, they’re doing it again Sunday.
First Jazz is a five-hour jazz bash held in the ballroom at Cavanaugh’s Inn at the Park. It’s a quality affair, with hot and cold buffets, a no-host bar and lots of elegant dancing and first-rate jazz.
Best of all, the $20 cost of admission also buys a year’s membership in the SJS, a $25 value. Only new and renewing members pay; anyone who has joined recently gets in free. The price for students is $10.
This year, the show gets under way at 4 p.m. with a spunky, amusing and danceable set by Bruce Davis and the Dixie Dandies. Spectrum, a vocal quartet, performs at 5:10, and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra plays a dance set at 5:40.
Saxophonist Gary Edighoffer has a new group, Desafinado, which plays Brazilian jazz; they’ll debut at 6:40, and the SJO plays a second set at 7:40.
Last year’s show was a ton of fun and this year’s lineup looks even better.
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