Corpus Christi - Saturday Oct. 18 marked the return of the Texas Jazz Festival for 2014. The event is held yearly at Heritage park near the American Bank Center on Corpus Christi's bay front.
The Texas Jazz Festival featured musical acts and vendors from all around the area and was free to the public. Residents gathered to watch the musical acts and despite a light shower in the area the festival went forward with no interruptions.
Featured acts for the show were divided up between 3 sponsored stages set up throughout the park. The Citgo Stage had musical acts including Vet Funky Jazz Band, Duke E. Brown, Melina, Austin Community College, and Powerhouse Big Band.
The AT&T stage which was also served as the main stage for the event was host to the UIW Jazz Ensemble, Tortilla Factory, San Gabriel 7, and the U.S. Air Force Band of the West. This stage also served as the festivals presentation ceremony where members of the Jazz Festival enjoyed seats at the front of each stage.
HEB sponsored the South Stage where acts included Joel Dilley, Adeline Cuesta, Carolyn Blanchard Sextet, and The Stephen Richard Band. The acts performing on Saturday came from as far away as Austin and even Los Angeles to perform at this years event.
The U.S. Air Force Band of the West featured not only members of the armed forces but also a resident of Corpus Christi on vocals. Ansley Davis, a native of Corpus Christi and current Airman of the quarter was originally hired as a trombone player for the group but also performs as a singer with the band.
The festival takes place yearly at Heritage Park and more information including how to become a member can be found on the organizations website. All interested parties should contact the organization via their website at www.texasjazz-fest.org.