"It's similar to what we do with the chamber music at First
Sundays," Prewitt said. "We've got a lot of good response, so we
thought let's try something else, jazz on a Sunday."
Prewitt said Laguna Beach Live! wants to experiment and see if
there is interest in this type of performance in an informal setting.
The Lounge is a cozy setting with a fireplace and plenty of
cushiony seating. Wine by the glass and tapas will be available for
"We're testing the waters," Prewitt said. "We have a grant and are
using the cultural arts funding."
Prewitt hopes Sunday's jazz will spark the interest of residents
and visitors alike.
"Music is a great way to do that," Prewitt said. "We just want
more music in town wherever we can get it. We're trying to enliven
the art scene. For us, that's music and bringing in professional
Having intimate performances like this opens it up to more venue
options in Laguna Beach.
"We hope to bring people in, a broader audience and maybe find a
new audience," Prewitt said.
Laguna resident, Dries met Prewitt through Laguna Beach Live! and
its chamber music festival.
"Last year we were talking about jazz music and started talking
about a regular venue Laguna Beach Live! jazz in Laguna," Dries said.
"We were trying to think about different venue possibilities not
immediately obvious to Laguna Beach jazz."
Dries said acoustic jazz in a small intimate setting works well
for a duo. .
"It would be nice to bring in different musicians under the
heading of jazz," Dries said.
The duo likes to focus on music from Duke Ellington and Thelonious
Monk and some jazz standards.
"The idea is to draw from great jazz composers and play our
interpretations and arrangements based on that material," Dries said.
Prewitt appreciates hotelier Claes Anderson for giving the program
a try on its first run.
"We're interested in more music and more arts and he [Claes] makes
it easy," Prewitt said.
The duo will play from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hotel Laguna, 425 S.
Coast Highway. There is no cover charge. Donations are welcomed to
help underwrite future jazz afternoons. For information, call (949)