Downtown Portsmouth was smokin' hot with cool Jazz yesterday.

For the third year in a row, Portwalk Place was the home of the Annual Portsmouth Jazz & Blues Festival.  Several fine jazz musicians performed at many venues including Dos Amigos, the Hampton Inn and British Beer Company.   Oh, and did I mention?  It was all free.

 

Pictured here, the jazz duo of David Newsam (HEY!  I know that guy!) and John Melisi.  You may have seen them play at Jonathan's in Ogunquit from time to time.  The two of them are marvelous musicians.  Although they don't play together often, they sound like they live together.  I suppose they do, in the world of coooool jazzzzz, Man.

If you're not familiar with David Newsam, here he is playing "Maya The Bee," a song he wrote for his daughter on a wicked cool guitar.

This is John Melisi with another quartet he's been a part of.

Portsmouth was just beautiful last night too.  It makes walking in the cold a little easier.

Big thank you to Cuzin Richard Entertainment for bringing this free event to Portsmouth.  The audience for each band was attentive and really listening to the music rather than ignoring them and just eating and drinking.

Looking forward to next year!