Twenty-four and still counting: jazz with altitude

When it comes to putting on an event as large as the 24th Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, it takes many, many hours of preparation. What most people see and hear is the finished result of over a whole year’s worth of work by a small army of very dedicated volunteers.

The tents that go up and come down very quickly, the variety of music played that fills the air all hours of the day and night during the event, the amount of increased foot traffic in several locations around town, and the many smiling faces were all part of this July event.

A very big thank you to everyone in and outside of Mono County who helped make this Jazz Jubilee a success.Thanks to those of you who contributed time, effort and money (a very much needed item—band sponsors and “note-ables”), allowed the use of your land or indoor establishments as venues, provided band member lodging, gave basket raffle merchandise, those who helped create and maintain good water sources, provided the “extra” storage trailer for our hospitality area, the wood chip providers and spreaders, the much needed electricians for all of the sites, the invaluable bus/trolley drivers, to the food and drink vendors, the live trees and color bowl provider, heavy equipment owners/operators, for the use of Mammoth Mountain facilities and equipment, CERT members and trailer, badge design and creators, poster and program makers, souvenir sellers, storage space providers, site preparation groups, t-shirt printers, the beautiful “chippies,” AA group, waste and trash removal provider, volunteer barbecue providers, basket creators, soda/water gatherers, sound and lighting technicians, ice/beer provider, fuel providers, jazz camp volunteers, Camp High Sierra and LAD of R&P for Jazz Camp housing, LAD of W&P for equipment use, the photographers who captured the many special moments, and to the many, many wonderful volunteers and their managers who gave thousands of hours over the course of this last year-especially during the event on July 11-15. What a great community!

“Mother nature” provided us with mostly sunny, warm-hot days, and great sunsets. A lot more wind and colder tempuratures came in Saturday evening, so the tents came in very handy this year.

According to the surveys, the attendees came from all over the United States, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Italy.
Thanks again to the town of Mammoth Lakes, Measure U money, and Mono County funds for helping us put on our best face for our many out-of-town visitors.

We look forward to next July 10-14, 2013, for Jazz Jubilee #25.

Wow, who would have thought it would continue for so many great years oh so long ago?

Ken & Flossie Coulter
Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee co-directors