Jazz In The Pines returns from July 5 through July 17 and builds a bridge between the professionals we’ve loved for years and the next generation of jazz artists. The new Jazz In The Pines restores the original vision of festival co-founder Marshall Hawkins, the legendary bassist, beloved teacher, and walking treasure trove of jazz history.
Jazz In The Pines will include public performances, an “In Conversation” series with the artists, open masterclasses, and special events. The new Jazz In The Pines incorporates the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Jazz Workshop for ages 14 to 18, giving these young musicians a chance to play alongside some of the great practitioners of contemporary jazz.
Screening followed by
a Q & A with Michael Murphy
and Dr. Michael White
A feature length documentary that puts a spotlight on the culture of New Orleans through the lens of music. Hosted by Oscar nominee and six-time Grammy Winner Terence Blanchard, this remarkable film tells a story of how music became a vehicle to help battle the injustices of Jim Crow laws and racial segregation, how music helped bring the city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and how music is still a vital form of expression against ongoing cultural & racial biases. This not to be missed film showcases how the music of New Orleans became a celebration of life and a foundation of the cultural resilience of our remarkable city.
Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes
Irma Thomas (2004)
Harry Connick Jr.
Cosimo Matassa (2004)
Art & Aaron Neville (2004)
Charles Neville (2004)
Earl Palmer (2004)
Richards Bruce Raeburn
Bonnie Raitt (2004)
Mac Rebennack/Dr John (2000)
Keith Richards (2004)
Alfred Uganda Roberts
Allen Toussaint (2004)
Dr. Michael White
Aaron & Ivan Neville
Danny Barker & His Jazz Hounds
Dr. Michael White and The Original Liberty
Herlin Riley & Band
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Mannie Fresh & Big Freedia
The Neville Brothers
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Tank & The Bangas
Terence Blanchard & E Collective
“The new Jazz in the Pines is a state of mind. It’s an expression of shared wonder about the power of jazz not only to speak generation after generation, but to help one generation speak to another generation.”
– Marshall Hawkins, Jazz In The Pines Founder
“The trip up the mountain becomes more than a physical journey; it becomes a journey of awakening to a new way of being – a state of consciousness characterized by self-awareness, authentic connection, mutual respect, clear communication, personal mastery, common language and individual expression in service of a common ideal.”
– Harry Pickens, Musician & Author
“By bringing together artists of all ages, Jazz In The Pines now aligns with what Idyllwild Arts has done exceptionally well for nearly 75 years. By ensuring a continuing dialogue of artistic expression, younger generations are taught to embrace the universal language of the arts to change lives and connect with human kind.”
– Pamela Jordan, President, Idyllwild Arts
HISTORY OF JAZZ IN THE PINES
Marshall Hawkins’ upcoming birthday will make him eighty-one years young.
“Oh, yeah,” he grinned one recent morning. “But I’m not slowing down. I’m moving smarter.”
That gift of eternal youth explains why Hawkins continues to look ahead, rather than settle for a well-earned rest on his laurels. Eternal youth explains why he’s thrilled about the rebirth and reinvention of Jazz in the Pines. The education of young musicians is now crucial to his brainchild, which is twenty-five years old and counting.
The jazz master founded Jazz in the Pines in 1994, along with Barbara Wood and Lynn Carlson. In 2015 the Associates of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation handed over the running of Jazz in the Pines to Idyllwild Arts. Since then, Hawkins’ role has expanded because of his involvement with Idyllwild Arts, where he is a beloved teacher.
“When you’re involved with art,” he said, “you’re second. So the new Jazz in the Pines isn’t a festival, meaning it isn’t just a party and isn’t just entertainment. The new Jazz in the Pines is a state of mind. It’s an expression of shared wonder about the power of jazz not only to speak generation after generation, but to help one generation speak to another generation.”
No one has spoken more powerfully generation after generation, or from his own generation to much younger ones, than Marshall Hawkins.
“Jazz is a catalyst for love and respect, a beacon that shines on the truth. It’s what I’ve always been honored to feel when I played jazz, and what I’ve also been honored to feel during these exciting conversations, month after month since August 2018, with the other people involved in planning the new Jazz in the Pines. We’ve had love and respect and truth in the room, along with Bob Boss and Harry Pickens, and Evan Christopher and Jason Jackson and others—including of course the President of Idyllwild Arts, Pamela Jordan.”
Hawkins has always insisted that his power to communicate belongs ultimately not to himself, but to the music. The power is on loan to him only for as long as he gives the music its freedom.
“It’s like it wasn’t just us in the room, because that openness to what the music can do made a place in the room for everybody who’s open to the music.”
“Connecting. This is all about love of the power of music to connect people to each other. This is what the new Jazz in the Pines is all about.”
Jazz in the Pines supports and empowers the students of Idyllwild Arts through an inter-generational teaching-artist model anchored in the strategies of jazz music and the artistry of its greatest practitioners.
2020 JAZZ IN THE PINES COMMITTEE
Marshall Hawkins, Founder & Visionary
Jeanette Louise Yaryan
2020 Media Partners
Listen to interview with Pamela Jordan on KPSI-FM 100.5
Our reimagined Jazz In The Pines has been two years in the making. Here is how you can add to this year’s success:
- Sponsor Jazz In The Pines to promote Jazz as a uniquely American genre, achieve visibility and recognition, and align yourself or your brand with the values and mission of Jazz In The Pines. Sponsors will be listed on our website, as well as in our upcoming email communications. A sponsorship is your chance to make the largest impact possible for professional and aspiring Jazz musicians:
– $25,000 Presenting Sponsorship
– $10,000 Jazz Legend Sponsorship
– $5,000 Jazz Master Sponsorship
– $2,500 Jazz Advocate Sponsorship
– $1,000 Jazz Fan Sponsorship
- Make a donation of any amount that will be used to further our mission. All donor names will be listed on jazzinthepines.com, so use this opportunity to advertise your business, honor or memorialize someone important to you, or pay tribute to the mission of Jazz In The Pines.