Spending a day at the Carlsbad Music Festival, August 24-26, 2018, reminds the followers of new music that there is no right way to do or to define contemporary music. Like visiting that ice cream emporium chain that advertises 33 flavors, at Carlsbad you are likely to discover a flavor you haven’t yet tried.

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In the heyday of Southern California surf music, this pop style seemed remote from the world of jazz, but composer and jazz guitarist Peter Sprague created his unique “saltwater jazz” style surfing the waves off Del Mar . . .

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