Jazz in the Pass brings in thousands

Jazz in the Pass brings in thousands

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Jazz in the Pass brought in an estimated 2,000 people over the course of Sunday to Memorial Park in Pass Christian.

The hot day meant folks were looking for ways to duck the sun, and cool the throat while enjoying the main course of the day: music. And  you can't have music without the after effects: Dancing.

Joseph Biernas is the chairman of Jazz in the Pass.

"It's a nice family outing for the family to come, sit under the oak trees, just have a good time," Biernas said.

This was the second time for Pass Christian resident Grant Macdiarmid.

"This is relaxed, Sunday afternoon, you can just be yourself," Macdiarmid said. "See some nice people. Make some new friends. Eat some good food. Relax. It's wonderful."

Lee Magee of Collins, better known in music circles as Dr. John or Dr. Love, comes to enjoy the atmosphere.

"The people, the food, everything. It's nice down here," he said. "If there's anybody anywhere else, they're in the wrong place."

But he makes a case for his style of music.

"It's real good, but not as good as the blues. I'm the blues."

In fact, he's the self-proclaimed King of the Blues.

"They need to come on down here and be with the undisputed King of the Blues," he said. "And if anybody got a problem with that, the stage is up there."

For James Polk, there's no escaping the beat.

"Six or seven years coming out here. It's everything you want it to be - you expect it to be," Polk said. "You come out, you enjoy yourself. There's nothing like Southern living down on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Welcome to Jazz Fest 2016. We rollin', baby!"

Jazz in the Pass started in 1999 with a brief break after Hurricane Katrina. It's sponsored by Pass Christian Main Street.

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