Lakeland Jazz Festival Celebrates its 47th Year

Ralph Moore

Fri 3/15-Sun 3/17

The Lakeland Jazz Festival at Lakeland Community College may not be as splashy as the Tri-C JazzFest, but it is older. Now in its 47th year, it asserts that it is “the oldest jazz festival in the state of Ohio.”

Much of the Lakeland festival is about rising talent: middle school and high school jazz ensembles, performing for adjudication in concerts on Friday and Saturday that are free and open to the public.

It also features a headline concert on Sat 3/16 @ 8pm by the Ralph Moore Quartet, doing a tribute to John Coltrane, with WCPN’s Dan Polletta hosting a pre-concert discussion with the musicians at 7pm. In addition to Moore on tenor sax, the ensemble includes pianist Xavier Davis, acoustic bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Sean Dobbins. General admission tickets are $20, $10 for students.

Finally, the festival wraps up on Sun 3/17 with the traditional Big Band Matinee @ 4pm, with the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Dusquesne University Jazz Ensemble taking the stage. General admission is $10; student tickets are $7.

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