Archive for the ‘Jazz’ Category

Each Memorial Day weekend, local enthusiasts and aficionados from around the world unite at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival to celebrate the music, art, and culture of America’s music!

What began three decades ago as the humble Mayport and All That Jazz Festival is now one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country boasting an all­star lineup of jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Branford Marsalis, Buddy Guy, Harry Connick, Jr., Mavis Staples and many more. Check out the festival history for more on the legacy of the event.

Although the event has changed locations several times during its storied history, one important landmark has remained on the scene, keeping a watchful eye over the evolving festival throughout the years – the St. John’s River. This year, we’re taking it back to the core, returning to downtown for an epic street party full of great food, good fun and plenty of FREE live entertainment. The festival boasts three outdoor stages with state­of­the­art light and sound spread across a walkable, open container footprint covering 15 city blocks!

Expect exciting new additions to this year’s festival program like the Jazz Marketplace where artists and makers showcase their original wares in a unique shopping experience and Jazz Eats and Drinks, a consolidated strip full of the city’s best al fresco dining options, along with ever ­popular signature events such as the Piano Competition, Jazz Jam, Omni Sacred Jazz Brunch and more.

Join the City of Jacksonville May 24 – 27 and experience three stages of live jazz, local food, drinks, shopping and entertainment.  Since first taking place in 1981, the Jazz Fest has become one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, offering a fun and vibrant street festival atmosphere, and in 2018 you can experience it on an even larger scale throughout 15 blocks of downtown. Among the awaited musicians are Euge Groove, Trombone Shorty and Sheila E.

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a Memorial Day weekend tradition. This year’s festival kicks off with the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition on Thursday, May 24 at 7pm at the Florida Theatre. Additional festival hours are as follows:

Friday, May 25th: 4 – 11 p.m.

Saturday, May 26th: 1 – 11 p.m.

Sunday, May 27th: 1 – 10 p.m.

The festival returns to the downtown core this year comprising 15 city blocks in downtown Jacksonville full of live entertainment, great food and unique shopping experiences. Plug 117 West Duval Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202 into your GPS or online map for direction assistance.

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The Church Street Jazz Series features the Bob James Trio with vocalist Lindsey Webster

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Harrison Opera House, 160 W Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

The 7-day New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival features 100+ musicians of all genres, including George Benson on

Sunday, April 29, 2018 – 11:00 am

Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

The largest jazz festival in the Southern Hemisphere takes place on one of the smaller islands in the Pacific. Java, the capital and most populous island of Indonesia—a trans-continental country comprised of a chain of islands—hosts the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival (often called just Java Jazz).

In fact, as one of the largest jazz festivals in the world, Java Jazz features more than a dozen stages with live music, with more than 1,000 musicians, many of whom call the South Pacific home. Java Jazz tends to highlight Indonesian artists—as Jakarta is an enormous cultural hub—although previous years’ lineups have also included everything from American pop stars, and Japanese ska punks to Nigerian saxophonists and Broadway-style stage performers. 2016’s rendition attracted upwards of 120,000 visitors.

On any year, the international artist spread can feature names like American jazz-rock band Blood Sweat & Tears, jazz-fusion pianist Chick Corea, Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, Italian-born, New York City-based pianist and vocalist Diana Schaechter, and English singer/songwriter/arranger/pianist Anthony Strong. Additionally, larger ensembles like the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (the jazz group from the famed eponymous Amsterdam venue) have played multiple times. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find an act like the U.K.-based experimental Renegade Brass Band, comprised of eight horn players, two percussionists, a scratch DJ and live MC.

Smooth Jazz fans await Jeff Lorber, Elan Trotman, Michael Manson and more to be announced.

March, 2, 3, 4, 2018

JIExpo Convention Centre, Jalan Benyamin Suaeb, Pademangan Timur, RT.2/RW.10 , Jakarta Utara, Indonesia

The Amelia Island Jazz Festival provides a rich, diverse cultural offering to the Amelia Island area by exposing thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to the sounds, excitement and vitality of great jazz.

The Festival presents world-class jazz in many styles, including swing, bebop, Dixieland, big band, Latin, and contemporary. During the week-long festival, held in October each year, music is performed by jazz greats as well as fresh, up-and-coming young talent. Performances are staged in several venues around Amelia Island including Saint Michael Parish Hall, Sandy Bottoms Beach Bar & Grill, Amelia Park, Arte Pizza, the Florida House Inn, Horizons, OMNI Hotels & Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival helps preserve the American art form Jazz by increasing the exposure and awareness of the music genre to the general public.

Featured Headliner is flutist Nestor Torres.

October 8 – 15, 2017

Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, Florida

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Palmer Park, 201 N. Riverside, St. Clair, Michigan 48079

Among the huge amount of jazz performers of the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival we discovered Phil Denny on the MSU Outreach stage on Friday, June 23, 2017 8:30 pm

Ann Street Plaza, East Lansing, Michigan 48823