Sunday morning, there was the Smooth Jazz Brunch at the Dorint hotel, the place where almost all artists and fans were staying. After one hour of brunching, we got some music from bassist Julian Vaughn and saxophonist Marcus Anderson, supported by the house band, who for the last time gave their all to provide 90 minutes of top entertainment. They started with Bill Withers' "Lovely Day", followed by an extended version of his "Ain't No Sunshine", that gave each member on the stage ample solo space and was pure bliss. Next was "What You Won't Do For Love" which was cleverly mixed with "Just The Two Of Us", providing a great vehicle for the sax of Marcus Anderson. Then it was EWFs "Can't Hide Love" with some cool bass playing by Julian Vaughn, followed by Stanley Clarke's "Lisa" that gave both players lots of solo space. One more smooth sax track, before the party started with Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" with a great keyboard solo by Lutz Deterra, and "You Made My Day" by Marcus Anderson. When they played "Rock With You", people got up and danced. Somebody opened the windows to let some air in, having people on the outside stand still, watch and wonder, what kind of hot party was going on in the basement of the Dorint hotel. The cheering crowd didn't allow the band to leave, they had to come back to give us one more, so they played "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" with the whole room grooving along. This marked the end of an outstanding and fun filled Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg.
This was another exciting edition of the Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg, this year in an newly expanded edition over the course of 4 days with 7 concerts by 8 international top stars. It was well attended by an international crowd which was enthusiastic and appreciative, creating a great vibe that helped to bring the best out of the players. I am sure, they had a ball as well. Mark your calendars for next year's Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg which will take place September 10-13, 2015.