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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The 27th annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival takes place this Friday and Saturday, and before the big event, the founder and talent booker offered a preview on "First Look with Scott Cox."
"I've always wanted variety," festival founder Doug Davis said on the simulcast Thursday.
He noted that "jazz lovers span the full spectrum of music."
Californian music and entertainment writer Matt Munoz asked Davis if he'll ever really step away from involvement in the jazz festival, held at the Cal State Bakersfield Ampitheater.
"You are a force, a presence, a spirit at the festival," Munoz said of Davis.
Paul Perez, the festival's talent booker, said it takes an amazing amount of time to book the talent, "going in a big circle and moving the checkers around."
It involves almost two months of talking to agents and talent to booked he show.
The festival is at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the university, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Tickets are available at Vallitix.com or call 322-5200.
Read about the performers in the attached full preview story.