Tri-C JazzFest Moves to August and Goes Virtual

Fri 8/21-Sat 8/22 @ 7PM

In a normal year, we’d all be getting revved up for Tri-C Jazz Fest this weekend: checking out an amazing array of headliners in Playhouse Square theaters, dancing under the chandelier alongside the Parade the Circle stiltwalkers and puppets, listening to talented students perform.

Alas, none of that is happening But to tide us over until 2021 (fingers crossed), Tri-C Jazz Fest will be hosting a livestreamed virtual edition of its 41st Jazzfest, over two evenings in August, both entirely free )donations gratefully accepted!) Each night will feature 90 minutes of music, with more than a dozen acts performing over the two nights. They include such stellar musicians as vocalists Vanessa Rubin and Evelyn Wright; pianist/educator Lafayette Carthon; veteran local pianist Joe Hunter; soul/jazz ensemble Hubb’s Groove; guitarist Dan Wilson and his trio; sax player Chris Coles and his band Gleam; the all-star Jazzworks comprising some of the area’s top jazz musicians; trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, who parlayed his early music education at Tri-C into a world class career; Tri-C’s Spirit of the Grooves, featuring high school musicians hoping to become the next Dominick Farinacci; pianist Jackie Warren; bassist Walter Barners Jr and friends; and Sammy DeLeon’s Latin Jazz Sextet, who reliably fill the corner of East 14th and Euclid with dancers every year. This year you’ll have to dance at home!

Performances will be both pre-recorded and live; and the broadcasts will also include memorable moments from past JazzFests and drop-in interviews with jazz greats. Register to be part of it here.



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One Response to “Tri-C JazzFest Moves to August and Goes Virtual”

  1. Kim Karpanty

    I have been a professor of dance at Kent State University and Artistic Director of a small dance company based in Cleveland for 25 years. I look forward to the Tri-C JazzFest every year and am so glad to hear you are not cancelling the festival all together!
    I have created several dance pieces with historical and contemporary jazz music, most recently in 2018 to live music composed and played by saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio. I would like to submit a video of this performance to be screened at this year’s virtual JazzFest. Below is a link to the piece, titled after the music of the same name by Selvaggio “No Turn on Red.” Please contact me with questions about this and/or other jazz dance/music collaborations. Thank you for your consideration! Kim Karpanty Cell: 330-618-7334 Password: NTOR_2018

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