38th Annual Festival Offers Eight Concerts June 22-24
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has announced that individual tickets are now on sale for the full lineup of shows at this year’s Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank.
The 38th annual festival will be held June 22-24 at Playhouse Square, with eight shows inside the theater district’s historic venues. The festival will showcase jazz icons with decades of hits, artists at the pinnacle of their craft and emerging talent just beginning to etch their names in the industry.
Here is the concert lineup, with show times, locations and pricing:
Thursday, June 22
Chris Botti with Dianne Reeves opening — 7:30 p.m., Connor Palace, $30-$95 – Trumpeter Chris Botti is a Grammy winner, with four albums having reached No. 1 on Billboard’s jazz charts. With a buttery-rich and fluid voice, the legendary Dianne Reeves has won five Grammys for Best Vocal Jazz Performance.
Friday, June 23
Terence Blanchard’s Blue Note Sessions — 6 p.m., Ohio Theatre, $30-$50 – Trumpeter Terence Blanchard and a few musical friends – Kenny Barron, Ravi Coltrane, Carl Allen and David Pulphus – perform music he composed for the Robert DeNiro film The Comedian.
Boney James with Norman Brown opening — 8 p.m., Connor Palace, $25-$75 – Saxophonist Boney James fused a love for vintage soul music with mastery of modern production to become one of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade for the 2000s. Norman Brown – a guitarist, composer and singer – has offered tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz for two decades.
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque/Alicia Olatuja — 1 p.m., Allen Theatre, $35 – Saxophonist Jane Bunnett, a Juno Award winner, routinely launches creative and exciting projects with Cuban artists such as the five young women in Maqueque. Newcomer Alicia Olatuja earned praise from the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage.”
Diego Figueiredo/Anat Cohen Choro Adventuroso — 3:30 p.m., Ohio Theatre, $35 – Guitarist Diego Figueiredo fuses jazz, bossa nova and classical in a way that made him a winner of the Montreux Jazz Competition and VISA Prize. Anat Cohen, a clarinetist and saxophonist, blends Latin-infused original jazz with the rich musical traditions of Brazil in her Choro Aventuroso program.
Kamasi Washington — 6 p.m., Allen Theatre, $30 – Kamasi Washington and his band, The Next Step, offer a modern spin on a big band with two drummers, two acoustic bassists, keyboards, three horns, a pianist and a vocalist. He recently worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly.
Boz Scaggs with Catherine Russell opening — 8:05 p.m., Connor Palace, $30-$85 – Boz Scaggs performed with the Steve Miller Band in the ’60s before embarking on a solo career that produced classic albums such as Silk Degrees (1976) and Middle Man (1980). Catherine Russell’s musical resume includes six chart-topping albums and a Grammy as a featured artist on the Boardwalk Empire soundtrack.
Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective — 10:15 p.m., Allen Theatre, $30 – Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective offers a socially conscious journey into an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues. He recorded his next album, Caravan, during live performances with the E-Collective in Cleveland, Minneapolis and Dallas earlier this year.
Festival passes – which offer VIP seating to all eight ticketed concerts, plus other perks – also are available. Cost is $250. Call 216-987-4444 to purchase.
The festival typically draws tens of thousands of people downtown for the three-day experience. For a full roster of Tri-C JazzFest events, including free community concerts in the months leading up to the festival, visit www.tri-cjazzfest.com.
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, Strassman Insurance Services Inc. and a growing list of donors and members.