Jazz Festival Brings Many 'Firsts' to Utah

Jazz Festival Brings Many 'Firsts' to Utah

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Carole Mikita ReportingMusic abounds in the city as International Jazz Festival performances begin tomorrow with a big concert. It's a 'first' for several reasons.

This year's Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival opens tomorrow at Abravanel Hall, that's a first, with the Utah Symphony, that's also a first, and there's more.

Jazz Festival Brings Many 'Firsts' to Utah

It is the first American revival of legendary jazz music, written 40 years ago by legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck. He is not here to perform it, but his sons are. Dan plays on the drums and Chris the bass guitar.

Dan Brubeck & Chris Brubeck, "A Tribute to Dave Brubeck': "I remember being a little kid and going to Rochester, New York. I don't think I was much older that maybe nine or ten. It's definitely from the early 60s and then it was recorded and Dave was one of the first jazz artists to have this relationship with symphonic music."

The piece, titled "Elementals", was on a best-selling Brubeck album. The whole idea of reviving it came from jazz music fan Rocky Anderson.

Rocky Anderson, Salt Lake Mayor: "I've had so many people held hostage in my home while I had them listen to this piece. It is a phenomenal work."

Jazz Festival Brings Many 'Firsts' to Utah

The Salt Lake City international jazz festival is now five years old; and along with the history-making performance of 'Elementals', there are also other firsts in this series of concerts.

Fresh from last night's Fourth of July concert with the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart conducts for the first time, and members of the Utah Symphony are first-time jazz jammers.

These performances are free but for tomorrow night's concert in Abravanel Hall you will need to have passes or tickets. For a schedule of other performances at Washington Square and a couple of hotels in town, visit the link to the right of this story.

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