IN PHOTOS: Jazz Festival returns to Downtown Long Beach

Thousands of music fans from across the United States came together to dance and sway to the smooth sounds of the Long Beach Jazz Festival.

The festival, now in its 33rd year, returned to Rainbow Lagoon Park after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jazz drummer Al Williams founded the event in 1987.

Saturday, day two of the three-day event, featured the Average White Band, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler and more.

Jonathan Butler sings his song “Falling In Love With Jesus” during day two of the Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Multiple Grammy Award nominee Gerald Albright plays the saxophone during day two of the Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Thousands gathered at Rainbow Lagoon Park for day two of the 33rd annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Jonathan Butler plays guitar during the 33rd annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Brent Carter, lead vocalist of the Average White Band, sings during the Long Beach Jazz Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

A row of electric guitars and basses back stage during day two of the 33rd annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Fans sing along and dance to the Average White Band’s “School Boy Crush” during the Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

People dance to the music at the Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Brent Carter of the Average White Band belts out a high note during the Long Beach Jazz Festival at Rainbow Lagood Park Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Grammy Award nominee Jonathan Butler performs during the 33rd annual Long Beach Jazz Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

People pedaled swan boats across Rainbow Lagoon to get closer to the music of the Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

The crowd gives Gerald Albright a standing ovation after his performance at the Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Thousands gathered at Rainbow Lagoon Park for the 33rd annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

A man takes a selfie with the Average White Band on stage in the background during Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Owen “Onnie” McIntyre of the Average White Band plays a guitar and sings during the band’s Long Beach Jazz Festival set Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Scottish funk and R&B group the Average White Band performs at the 33rd annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Brent Carter, lead vocalist of the Average White Band, sings during the 33r annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Owen “Onnie” McIntyre of the Average White Band plays a guitar solo during the band’s set at Long Beach Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Cliff Lyons plays the alto saxophone during the Average White Band’s Long Beach Jazz Festival set Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

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Brandon Richardson is a business reporter, covering everything from real estate and healthcare to the airport and port to city hall and the economy. He is a Long Beach native who has been with the Business Journal since graduating from Long Beach City College in spring 2016 with an associate’s degree in journalism. He is an avid record collector and concert goer.
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