Wade Baker Headlines Successful Huntingburg Jazz Festival

The weather was a little chilly on Saturday, but mix in some beer, wine, and jazz music and a crowd of eight to nine hundred people and you get the Huntingburg Garden Gate Jazz, Art, Wine, and Craft Beer Festival.

The second annual festival was held Saturday just off of Fourth Street in Huntingburg. The community showed up in full force with family and friends, set up lawn chairs or a warm blanket on the lawn to enjoy the jazz music, and had the option to sample a wide variety of wine and craft beer. Several booths were set up adjacent to the stage where local artists could show off paintings and other art.

An assortment of jazz performers lit up the event, including Slammer Jazz, Poco Loco, and the Jasper High School jazz ensemble. But this night belonged to Jasper native Wade Baker and his jazz collaboration. Baker says he is excited to see his hometown embrace jazz and the culture that goes with it:

Baker, a trumpet player and guitarist, says he has a couple of projects currently in the works. Those projects include a blues CD and a new jazz CD. He also just recorded a live CD and DVD at Andy’s Jazz Club this last weekend in Chicago that is set to be released in two or three months.

The festival was a great success in its second year, not only for the community that showed up, but for area businesses as well. Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nick Stevens says he’s gotten a lot of positive feedback and plans to keep up this newly founded Huntingburg tradition.

Stevens says this event couldn’t have happened without the help of Dubois County Tourism and the Dubois County Community Foundation.