Saturday August 4, 2012 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)22nd Annual Houston International Jazz Festival
PL 1 (Sections 101 - 103)
How was your experience?
Firstly, event ads indicated Rachelle Ferrell and Hiroshima as well as Roy Ayuers were on all weekend; not so. I bought tickets for Saturday night fully expecting to hear Hiroshima and Rachelle Ferrell; they appeared only Sunday. Saturday night was not well organized or MC'd. Battle of the bands was way too long; could have done with the last segment in which the bands alternated songs, doing without the first segment in which each band played three or four compositions. I am not saying the bands were not excellent, they were, only that there was too much of a good thing. The woman MC from the radio station was not in charge of herself or her audience. She needed to keep her personality out of it and not respond to the man in the audience. Finally, I am not sure why Roy Ayers' sound equipment was not working well, but that was the biggest disaster of the evening. We left after 3 renditions and he is who we came to hear. The evening was way too long and way to chaotic. Will probably not attend next year due to these unfortunate circumstances. Waste of money.