Later in the day Bob McKeon (drums) and Rick Jones (bass) had a rather impromptu jam session with Richie Cole (sax), Nicki Adams (piano) and Patrick Adams (trumpet) with Mel Bridges as the vocalist. It was truly delightful to watch (and listen!) to the musicians being spontaneous together. A big surprise was 18 year old Eric Anderson from Flagstaff. He came to visit the event and was invited to play with the group and is an incredibly talented young musician who fit in seamlessly and played several great solos.
The final show of the evening featured Milt Cannon and the Giants of Jazz on the amphiteather stage. This photo shows Milt Cannon on the saxophone, renowned Gary Fitzgerald on the bass, and Nassim Rashid on the saxophone.
It was a perfect way to conclude the event, a wonderful performance by incredible musicians that culminated an entire weekend of fantastic music.
This is the 15th year that Milt Cannon has organized this event, and if you didn’t make it to Arcosanti’s Juneteenth JazzSplash this year, be sure to mark your event calendar for next year, as this is definitely a not-to-be-missed event!