June 12, 2015

Tri-C JazzFest: Three Days Packed with Dozens of Performances

Intimate jam sessions. Soul-soothing solos. Classic quartets. Big band bopping. Dramatic divas.

That's the sound of Cleveland for three solid days during the 36th Annual Tri-C Jazzfest July 9 - 11. Experience nine performances, as well as numerous free concerts featuring the best of blues, big band, zydeco, gypsy swing, Latin, calypso, bop and straight-ahead and smooth jazz.

It all happens inside the opulent theaters and outdoor performance plaza at Playhouse Square.  And, don't be surprised if you see some serious swing dancing action while in town. Check out the schedule of ticketed performances and free concerts.

Topping this year's line-up are performances by Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring the glamorous Sheila E. and brother Juan Escovedo. Additionally, there'll be a centennial celebration of the immortal music of Robert Lockwood Jr. and a tribute to Ray Brown featuring Benny Green, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton.

Other performing artists include the Warren Wolf Quartet, Creole Joe, Cyrille Aimee and Wycliffe Gordon and His International All-Stars, Dominick Farinacci Quintet/Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with special guest Take 6, and more.

Want to make it to all the performances? Consider purchasing a Festival Pass for only $200, which grants you access to all nine performances, as well as the opening night fete. Individual tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting www.playhousesquare.org. For accommodations, JazzFest partners with the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square.

Live Jazz in CLE

While in town, make sure to check out some of the city's best venues for jazz, blues and big band sounds. Each venue features shows happening throughout the JazzFest weekend.

Found on Cleveland's west side, Brothers Lounge is an historic club where you can catch anything from big bands and 80s covers inside the music hall to jazz quartets and acoustic crooners inside the wine bar.

Owned and operated by the prestigious Cleveland Music Settlement, which boasts more than a century of musical expertise, BOP STOP is quickly reemerging as one of the best venues to catch live jazz music several days of the week.

Jazz and blues will be the theme July 9 -11 at this quintessential Cleveland music venue located on East 4th Street downtown. And, don't forget to book your spot at the Kirk Franklin Gospel Sunday Brunch on July 12.

One of the newest spots to catch some tunes is the Music Box Supper Club on the West Bank of the Flats. The owners - who have decades of cred in the music biz -book tons of genres including blues, jazz, soul, Americana, rock, punk, roots and country.

Cleveland Heights' Nighttown was voted one of the top jazz clubs in the world by Down Beat magazine with live music nearly every night. With a variety of dining rooms and intimate performance settings, Nighttown has topped Cleveland's jazz scene since 1965, and it only gets better with age.

No doubt you'll find yourself sashaying with a classy crowd to the sultry sounds of live rhythm, jazz and blues while sipping cocktails and enjoying tapas inside Take 5 Rhythm and Jazz.

A Cleveland tradition, Wilbert's is located in the Historic Gateway District  and showcases some of the best national, regional and local roots, blues, folk, world, jam, reggae, jazz and pop music.

Question: What other hotspots should JazzFest attendees hit up while in town?

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