Here are photos from the first day of our Juneteenth event this past weekend. It was a day filled with wonderful music, delicious food, and lovely people.
At 1:30pm, Billy Mitchell, Ray Carter and Brian Messenger took the stage, delighting the audience with songs from everyone’s favorite jazz artists, ranging from Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, Miles Davis and more. Billy Mitchell was on piano and vocals, Ray Carter on electric bass guitar, and Brian Messenger was on the guitar.
(Photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo)
Here they were accompanied by Leslie Daniels on the drums, Julian Davis on the harmonica, and vocals by Mel Bridges.
Here is a closer look at Julian Davis’s harmonica serenade, along with Billy Mitchell and Brian Messenger.
Around 3pm legendary saxophonist Richie Cole came on stage, playing with Sean Brogan on the upright bass, Rick Jones on the trumpet, and two members of the Groovin’ High Trio, trumpeter Patrick Adams, and his brother, Nicki Adams on the piano.
Here’s a closer look at saxophonist Richie Cole, featuerd guest artist of the event.
As the afternoon progressed, the music moved to a smaller stage set up in the vaults, where the returning band Six Feet brought a rock ‘n roll vibe to the event. Pictured here are David Maez on the keyboard, Rick Cucuzza on the Chapman Stick and guitar, and David Paez on drums.