Most jazz people are night owls who don’t get much sun, so summer festivals give the music, players and fans all a good airing out.

Jazz sounds different outdoors, in front of picnicking, sunbathing crowds, than it does in the musty clubs where it is normally played. And it’s not just the speakers; the musicians actually play differently. A hot summer day tends to melt away some of the reclusive, introspective bluesy-ness of jazz, leaving the spontaneity and good-time feeling. And with so many people in the audience, including colleagues, musicians tend to give their best performances.

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