On June 16th and 17th the Cosanti Foundation hosted the Prescott Jazz Society for the 20th anniversary of “Juneteenth Jazz Splash.” This yearly event, organized by Jazz Society President and local performer Milt Cannon, has been drawing a vibrant community of jazz performers, enthusiasts, and laypeople to Arcosanti for two decades to experience two consecutive days of jazz music and culture.

Despite some rain on Saturday morning and into the afternoon, performances went on as scheduled. The festivities this year included a four hour workshop on both Saturday and Sunday where local school children were invited to come and learn jazz theory, technique, and history from some of the performers who would take the stage in the evening.

The late afternoon and evenings featured bands on the amphitheater stage, followed by dancing in the vaults. Crowd favorite “Catfish George” spent Saturday serving up a delicious spread, which included both fried catfish and barbecue dishes so well executed that they had many people returning for seconds.

Thank you to Milt, The Prescott Jazz Society, and all of the performers and attendees to came out to celebrate Juneteenth this year. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you in 2019.

(photos by Sue Kirsch and LVB, text by Tim Bell)

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