Santa Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
Whenever Art Good's name is mentioned, everyone responds warmly. He is the man! He is the first person who felt there was a future in this music. He is the pioneer who introduced the masses to the genre known today as Smooth Jazz. He is the father of Smooth Jazz! Everyone is in awe of him, and he is so humble, so down to earth. If you asked him, he will describe himself as a father first, a promoter second. Everyone knows he LOVES baseball and he has been kind enough to share his favorite haunts with all of us. He is beloved by all who know him this unpretentious gentle giant of the Smooth Jazz industry. We were lucky enough to go to week two of the Santa Catalina Jazztrax Festival. A MUST SEE event, we can't say enough good about this "experience of a lifetime" because every time we come to Smooth Jazz Island, we are more sold on on wanting to come multiple weekends. We would like to thank Art Good and Gregg Hudson the production manager for their hospitality, as well, we thank Art Good for sitting down in his office with us to talk. Check out the painting on the wall behind him. Her hair goes up the wall and spreads out onto the ceiling.
Art Good Interview
As you are walking to your hotel or cottage or house or condo, this is the view of the casino as you are walking on Crescent Drive pulling your luggage behind you. Your first thoughts are, "Wow, I have never seen anything like this before in the United States . This is very Mediterranean, very Italian. WOW."
Boats dot the harbor. Many concert goers arrive in their own boat and stay on the boat while attending the concerts.
Mindi Abair at the Wrigley Ranch
Oh, the bus and our trusty driver, Toby. This guy was great, even with the two drunk women screaming in the seat right behind him. The road was narrow, hugging the mountain on one side and disappearing into oblivion on the downhill side. Add in that the road was dirt from the airport up to the ranch making for a very dusty trip!
Beautiful views and vistas are seen from the bus. Lots of time to sightsee, as the trip took about an hour, that is with slowing or stopping for wild animals that would wonder near the road. Bison, leftover props from a long ago movie are a treat to spot, as well as a myriad of other animals and unique plants that make the rural island their home.
The inner island is still owned by the Wrigley family, secured by gates and cattle guards to keep the wild animals out of Avalon. An inner island pass is required, however bus tours are available from Avalon.
The island is 22 miles (35 km) long and eight miles (13 km)across at its greatest width. The island is located about 22 miles (35 km) south-southwest of Los Angeles, CA. The highest point on the island is 2097 ft (639 m) Mt. Orizaba.
Philip "Doc" Martin
William Wrigley's Casino, opened in 1929. A 12-story art deco masterpiece, the round Casino juts out on a jetty affording magnificent views
The lower level of the Casino houses the Avalon Theater. The upper level houses the world's largest circular ballroom with a 180-foot (55 m) diameter dance floor, graced by a Tiffany chandelier. French doors encircle the room, and balcony views are breathtaking.