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The world's largest circular ballroom is the Avalon Casino Ballroom on Santa Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California, and it is once again the venue for the annual Jazztrax Festival This years event takes place on the first three weekends in October, and will be broadcast live from the Casino.

Festival Producer Art Good brings together top jazz artists for the 16th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax festival. Artisté lineup includes the following performers:


Artisté lineup for 2003 includes the following performers:

Weekend of October 4, 5, 6

Friday, October 4 - Evening session: Mindi Adair, 7:30 p.m.; Brian Culbertson, 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 5 - Afternoon session: Jimmy Reid, noon; Chris Standring, 1:30 p.m.; Evening session: Willie and Lobo, 7 p.m.; T.B.A., 9 p.m.

Sunday, October 6 - Afternoon session: Jeff Kashiwa, noon; Keiku Matsui, 1:30 pm; Evening session, T.B.A., 7 p.m.; Acoustic Alchemy, 9 p.m.

Weekend of October 11, 12, 13

Friday, October 11 - Evening session: Joyce Cooling, 7:30 p.m.; Greg Adams, 9 p.m.

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aturday, October 12 - Afternoon session: Club 1600, noon; Paul Taylor, 1:30 p.m.; Evening session: Mr. Gone, 7 p.m.; Gerald Albright, 9 p.m.

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unday, October 13 - Afternoon session: Bona Fide, noon; Strunz and Farah. 1:30 p.m.; Evening session: Tommy Emmanuel, 7 p.m.; T.B.A., 9 p.m.


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Weekend of October 18, 19, 20

Friday, October 18 - Evening session: Jose Luis Encinas, 7:30 p.m.; T.B.A., 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 19 - Afternoon session: Luis Villegas, noon; Everette Harp, 1:30 p.m.; Evening session: Natural High, 7 p.m.; David Benoit, 9 p.m.

Sunday October 20 - Afternoon session: T.B.A., noon; Hiroshima, 1:30 p.m.; Evening session: 3rd Force, 7 p.m.; Fourplay, 9 p.m.

Visit Webbandstand.com This year's new artisté showcase takes place during the main stage intermissions in the Marine Room Bar at the festival after the party.

Tickets: 888/330-5252; www.frantix.net; JazzTrax Hotline: 818/347-5299 or www.jazztrax.com

Ferry Bookings: Catalina Express: 310/519-1212 or 800/618-5533 or www.catalinaexpress.com The Catalina Express has their own terminal in Long Beach and Dana Point and San Pedro. Catalina Explorer, 877/432-6276 or www.catalinaferry.com

Jazz Travel Packages: My Travel, 310/510-0119 or www.mytrav.com; Catalina Passenger Services, 949/673-5245 or www.catalina.com

Many power boaters and yachties sail over for the event because hotel rooms sell out fast for this exceptional event. Once of the most adventurous ways to get their is on the Dirigo II, a 1930s era, 73-foot schooner sailing out of Alamitos Bay Marina, Long Beach. I was fortunate to sail with Len Daniello and crew, and they really know the Channel Islands, and you get the chance to sail on a classic tall ship. Contact Len at 562/799-3880 or e-mail hwadventures@aol.com

By Kriss Hammond, Editor, Jetsetters Magazine.