Marquis Hill, who is part of the Every Tribe and Tongue Ensemble, performs Saturday afternoon, July 24, at the Winona Lake Jazz Festival. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding.
By Dan Spalding
WINONA LAKE – Weather is a lot like jazz music. It can be explosive, soothing, percussive and sometimes change on a dime.
Visitors at Saturday’s Winona Lake Jazz Festival got a little bit of everything with the music and the weather during the six-hour event in the town’s park along the shores of Winona Lake.
Four different bands, offering a variety of jazz, provided much-appreciated music for an attentive crowd inside a large tent and a backdrop of music for many others enjoying an afternoon in the park.
This year’s event was moved from the spacious lawn on the north side of Park Avenue where a community ice rink is currently under construction to the area north of Limitless Park on the other side of the street. Some could argue the new location was an improvement since hundreds and hundreds of people taking in the fun at the children’s park, the beach, basketball courts, tennis courts and even those on the lake were within earshot.
Bands performing included The Truth in Jazz Big Band, the Alicia Pyle Quartet, the Every Tribe and Tongue Ensemble and the Mark Guiliana Quartet. Guiliana is a world-recognized drummer.
The festival continued despite a shower that arrived around the same time the event began. Spectators set aside any concerns with the hot, humid conditions, an intermittent sprinkle and alternating bright sunshine and dark clouds. A casual breeze offered some relief.
Two couples from Marion, (from left) Bruce Weatherspoon, Cathy Weatherspoon, Jennifer Lee and Derrick Lee, attended Saturday’s jazz fest. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding.
Drummer Ernie Adams and the rest of the Every Tribe and Tongue Ensemble perform Saturday, July 24, at the jazz fest in Winona Lake. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding.
From left, guitarist John Moulder, saxophonist Greg Tardy and trumpeter Marquis Hill perform as part of Every Tribe and Tongue Ensemble. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding.
Carson Reese, of Denver, Ind., keeps an eye on 14-month-old Theodore while taking in the jazz fest. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding.
Hosea Pohl sits on the back of his mother, Vanessa, during the music festival. Vanessa and her husband brought their four young children to the festival. They are from Winona Lake. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding.
A woman who identified herself simply at Kathleen watches entertainers from the back of a large tent Saturday. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding.
A sax player with the Mark Guiliana Quartet performs at the Jazz Festival. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding.
Drummer Mark Guiliana sets the tone with an unidentified upright bass player in the background during the jazz festival in Winona Lake Saturday, July 24. InkFreeNews photo by Dan Spalding.