Last night we took the girls with us to the 34th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. I was very excited to see one of my favorite contemporary jazz singers, Jane Monheit, perform. Jane sings some of my favorite standards, and her voice is a blend of Doris Day, Judy Garland, and Ella Fitzgerald. Maggie & Amelia really enjoyed her version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. We had a great evening eating dinner (and dessert) picnic style, the girls danced to Latin jazz, and we all snuggled on the blanket under the stars and full moon.
When my sister and I were kids, my parents would take us every year to the festival, and it is one of my favorite childhood memories. I am certain that being exposed to jazz at such an early age help to influence my deep love of jazz music today. I am happy to keep this family tradition going with my children.
If you ever find yourself visiting Clearwater in the month of October, this music festival is not to be missed!