April in Palm Springs always brings forth plenty of great things to do but one of the favorites around the Valley is the Women’s Jazz Festival. Scheduled for April 4-7 this year’s lineup is truly extraordinary. The festival opens with a spectacular headlining event at the Annenberg Theater called Women in Music followed by All That Jazz at Dinah, a fabulous all-star night of thrilling acoustic jazz spotlighting 2012 Grammy award winner Terri Lynn Carrington, widely considered to be one of the best drummers on the current contemporary jazz scene.
Many of my real estate clients are in the music or entertainment business. I always find them to be some of the most interesting and creative people I have ever met. This event always brings in newcomers to the Palm Springs Desert scene. Invariably, they are simply amazed by what they find here. Plenty of culture, fine dining, superb shopping and all the luxury homes any woman could ask for. What made them think we were just for getting a great tan?
Old Palm Springs was wonderful too but the Valley has changed and grown tremendously over the past 20 years. Folks are still surprised when they visit and discover a sophisticated and eclectic environment with a small town feel. It is a hard combination to beat. When you add in our ultra-healthy lifestyle, the perfect weather, cool starry nights, panoramic views of pristine wilderness and those gorgeous Santa Rosa Mountains, why would anyone want to live anywhere else? Even though I know I will be plenty busy showing homes to delighted new neighbors, I do plan to take in a show or two during the jazz festival.
Some of the most celebrated composers and musicians on the West Coast jazz scene will be front and center during the revelry. Pianist/composer Karen Hammack, violinist/composer Lesa Terry, bassist/composer Nedra Wheeler and saxophonist/arranger Carol Chaikin will be performing along with conga player Suzanne Morrissette on drums. An amazing, top name lineup to say the very least.
The trendiest venues in Palm Springs will be the locations of the various events. Names like the Alcazar Hotel, Azul, Woody’s, Palm Mountain Resort and Spa, The Spa Hotel, and other distinguished sponsors have made it their mission to bring this incredible musical event to the Coachella Valley.
Any weekend with great jazz, beautiful weather and fine dining is okay by me. Single day tickets are available and plenty of great accommodations are within walking distance of every venue. Make it a memorable weekend in sunny Palm Springs.
For more information on the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival visit www.pswomensjazzfestival.com.