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SLO Jazz Festival returns for a third year of music

Bay Area percussionist Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra will co-headline the third annual SLO Jazz Festival, Saturday in downtown San Luis Obispo.
Bay Area percussionist Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra will co-headline the third annual SLO Jazz Festival, Saturday in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Rebirth Brass Band and Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra will co-headline the third annual SLO Jazz Festival Saturday in downtown San Luis Obispo. The two ensembles will take the stage as part of a daylong music festival at Mission Plaza.

“We believe this is our most exciting lineup yet for SLO Jazz Festival,” Scott Andrews, festival founder and executive director, said in a news release.

Rebirth Brass Band, based in New Orleans, won a Grammy Award for best regional roots music album in 2012 for “Rebirth of New Orleans.”

Bay Area percussionist Pete Escovedo, who earned a Grammy nomination for his 1988 album “Mister E,” leads an 11-piece Latin jazz ensemble. He’ll be joined in concert by Jorge Burmudez, former conga/bongo player for Carlos Santana and Malo.

Also performing on the Mission Stage are Airto Moreira, Eyedentity featuring Diana Purim and John Worley and the Mo Chi Sextet. Cuesta Faculty All-Stars will open the show.

The Broad Street Stage features live music by local favorites including gypsy jazz quintet Tipsy Gypsies, Afro-Caribbean dance band Zongo All-Stars and jazz band Zzah.

In addition, two stages will showcase young musicians such as Cuesta College combos The Cool Notes, Toy Boat and Umlaut.

The SLO Jazz Festival runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $40 to $90, or $25 for students and members of the military; children younger than 10 get in free. For more information, call 805-459-6939 or visit www.slojazzfest.org.

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