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Goal: to keep festival free

Savory foods, colorful sunsets and a variety of jazz music will blend together in Clearwater's waterfront Coachman Park for the 1992 Jazz Holiday.

Thousands of jazz fans are expected to take in the free music.

To keep the event free, Barbara Werder, chairman of this year's festival, said the planning committee has placed "more emphasis on merchandising."

Ms. Werder said corporate spending cuts and economic conditions have reduced the amount of money brought into coffers through corporate support.

One of the changes in this year's event is the scope of jazz acts.

"We've brought in a better quality of acts with more versatility in the program to draw more people," Ms. Werder said.

In addition, jazz programs for children have been expanded. Special jazz seminars at the Clearwater Library will be offered, and a performance by Sonny LaRosa and the World's Youngest Jazz Band is set. Presentations by artistically talented students are planned at the downtown Clearwater Arts Colony, which will open during Jazz Holiday.

The traditional kick-off party planned tonight at the Atrium at Clearwater Square has been upgraded to include a performance by Roseanna Vitro.

A souvenir pin, depicting the poster, will be sold for $3.

"Profits from the pin will go to helping keep (the festival) free," Ms. Werder said. In addition, "a huge bin will be placed at the festival for people to throw donations."

Organizers are optimistic about this year's event. "It is a very well-rounded program," said Victoria Scotti, who is on the Jazz Holiday task force. "I think it is one of the most exciting programs we've put on."

JAZZ SCHEDULE

TODAY

Citiheat, 6 p.m.

Jazz Xperience, 7:15 p.m.

Tuck & Patti, 8:45 p.m.

FRIDAY

Belinda Womack and Kool Reflektions, 6 p.m.

The Holmes Brothers, 7:15 p.m.

The Ritz, 8:45 p.m.

SATURDAY

A.K.A., 12:15 p.m.

Guisando Caliente, 1:45 p.m.

Jazz Spectrum, 3:15 p.m.

Midnite Brass, 4:45 p.m.

Nick Brignola Quartet, 6:15 p.m.

Nat Adderly Quintet, 7:45 p.m.

Ray Barretto, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday

The Command Band of the Air

Force Reserve, 1 p.m.

Deanna Bogart, 2:15 p.m.

Mark Whitfield, 3:30 p.m.

Som Brasil, 5 p.m.

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, 6:30 p.m.

Richard Elliot and Fred Johnson, 8 p.m.

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