Stanley Clarke to headline Pasadena Jazz Fest

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Stanley Clarke performs on the stage of the Nice's Jazz Festival on July 21, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France.

The Pasadena Jazz Fest gets underway this weekend in the beautiful outdoor venue at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

Two hundred artists are performing on two stages. Hubert Laws, Rita Coolidge, Spyro Gyra, Take 6 and Kevin Eubanks are among the performers. People attending the fest sit out on lawn chairs with a view of the San Gabriel Mountains and plenty of food and drink vendors to go along with the ongoing performances. Eubanks talked with KPCC's Shirley Jahad as the sun is setting behind them at the LA County Arboretum. Eubanks just finished his performance and left the stage having delivered fast-fingered, fiery guitar solos.

Kevin Eubanks says he gets a lot of energy on stage playing outside in a such beautiful, natural setting.

Renowned bassist Stanley Clarke also is one of the headliners. He talked with KPCC's Shirley Jahad.

Clarke started playing as a teenager in Philadelphia and toured with some of the biggest names in jazz. By the time he was in his 20s, he was considered a phenom. He made a mark with his jazz, rock, funk fusion records in the 1970s.

One of the most popular was the album 'School Days,' that is considered an anthem for bass players. Clarke has a new CD out. He says it harkens back to some of his classic jazz, rock, funk fusion records of the 1970s. Clarke has also launched a new jazz record label. Its called Roxboro Entertainment Group, referencing the name of the high school where he started to play the bass.

The jazz and supper club Red, White and Bluezz is sponsoring Pasadena Jazz Fest 2010. Other headliners include Rachell Ferrell, Hubert Laws, Kevin Eubanks, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more. The music is going all day from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

(Audio of KPCC's Shirley Jahad speaking with Stanley Clarke.)

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