Casey Abrams, of American Idol fame, has returned to his home town of Idyllwild, CA. The top of North Circle Drive was closed off to create a stage, and a block party became a jazz festival. Casey sang and played the bass with jazz greats Paul Carman and Marshall Hawkins, among others. Hawkins has been Casey’s mentor from his early days at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. After hearing Casey sing today, I am glad he did not win first place in the American Idol contest. If he had, he would be singing predictable pop songs. His true talent lies in jazz. He bends notes, scats and follows other musician’s complicated riffs with ease. He is free to carve a path in the jazz world, where he belongs. Esperanza Spalding, are you listening?
Casey Abrams Homecoming Block Party
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