As the Fat Babies closed down the Elks Lodge ballroom on Saturday night, most of the band took a break while a trio of piano, drums and clarinet serenaded the dozen or so couples who remained on the dance floor. And, for a moment, the ballroom felt alive with the presence of past generations of jazz fans and musicians. The band seemed fuller than its three pieces.
For newcomers and those unfamiliar with the genre, the 2016 Evergreen Jazz Festival was a new experience. But for many of the festival attendees, jazz music and dancing are not only a hobby but a tradition.