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05/07/05

Jazz Comes Alive In The Pass For the 7th Year

This is the kind of music that had people moving uncontrollably under the oaks at War Memorial Park in Pass Christian.

There's just something about that jazz.

"Uniqueness, independence, creativity, and outside of the box," said jazz fan Joseph Mitchell.

Hundreds of people who feel the same way, gathered to hear jazz as well as other types of music at this year's Jazz in the Pass events.

Organizers say this event has grown over the years, and they think they know the reason why.

"Perfect combination of where we live, for sure. I mean right here on the Gulf, we have fantastic talent here on the coast, and Jazz Fest in New Orleans has gotten too big. And so we have a lot of people coming to us now," said event co-chairperson Al Hooks.

Ron Gerhart and Marie Scara know exactly what he means. They drove from New Orleans just a hear a taste of good music in a more relaxing atmosphere.

"We like to listen to good music and something to do and we noticed the ad in the paper Thursday I think that was the only one they had in the paper and it turned out to be really nice," said Gerhart.

And they aren't the only ones who came to have a good time. 16-month-old Tylee Bramlett was required to help keep the good times rolling.

"Tylee is Miss Toddler Pass Christian, and she's supposed to make an appearance at all the festivals, so she had to come out and party today," said Teresa Baldus.

And a party it is, complete with good music, good people, and of course good food, like barbecued chicken and alligator tail.

Just like the genre of jazz, there is something for everyone.

In case you missed it Saturday, don't worry. The fun continues Sunday, starting at noon with a mariachi mass along with a Mother's Day brunch.

By Karla Redditte

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