Archive for April 24, 2012

When is the last time you spent a weekend in a Chester County park and listened to the sounds of smooth jazz? Some say that music has the power to soothe the soul which is why we chose that as the festival theme. Who couldn’t use some of that?

When the Tri-State area lost the only smooth jazz radio station it had WJJZ we felt a huge gap in our daily listening enjoyment and prior to that there was a huge drop in the open air free concerts we regularly enjoyed hosted by the radio station. For years we talked about how nice it would be for someone to take that on again. After years of waiting we decided to go for it. Jazz is special. Music is special. That’s why this event is so special.

The purpose of the jazz festival is to strengthen community bonds and to offer an outlet for local artists, musicians, merchants, and business owners. Our aim is also to keep the jazz alive by focusing on the younger jazz artists/bands in the area and to bring awareness to and support the needs of local non-profits or charities in the Chester County area. The Producers have selected the Chester County Food Bank and the Stephen Chandler Ericson Foundation as their non -profit benefactors.

Announced artists are Warren Hill, Peter White,  Ronnie Laws, and more.

The Festival runs from June 29 – July 1, 2012. Friday begins at the Asplundh Concert Hall on the campus of West Chester University with a Battle of the Youth Jazz Bands competition and concludes that evening with a rhythmic smooth jazz performance by a nationally known recording artist.

The enjoyment continues on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. each day in beautiful Hoopes Park with free open-air live jazz music, exhibitors, and great food.

Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University, 700 S High St, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382