The temperature was hot, but the jazz was cool at the Concord Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 3. At the Concord Pavilion, an outdoor venue east of the city of Concord, California, around 10,000 people gathered for an event that was born in their town and, after a 15-year hiatus, was now celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The original festival was produced in 1969 by a local car dealer/jazz enthusiast, Carl Jefferson. He believed Concord needed some culture, so he talked the city into starting a jazz festival in a neighborhood park. By 1975, the festival had grown so large that Jefferson decided to build a stadium for it: Concord Pavilion. By this time he’d also formed his own record label, Concord Jazz.