Tickets are available through the Playhouse Square Box Office at
Here is the concert lineup for the 39th annual
festival, with show times, locations and pricing:
Thursday, June 28
Leslie Odom, Jr./Dee Dee Bridgewater/DIVA Jazz Orchestra — 7:30
p.m., KeyBank State Theatre, $35-$95
Opening night features two Broadway stars and Tony Award winners
— Leslie Odom, Jr. and Dee Dee Bridgewater — who are also
luminaries in the jazz world. The all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra
opens the night with a power-packed big band performance.
Friday, June 29
Joshua Redman — 6 p.m., Ohio Theatre, $15-$40
Legendary saxophonist Joshua Redman brings his Still Dreaming
quartet to Cleveland. The group features trumpeter Ron Miles,
bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade — three of the most
inventive artists in contemporary jazz.
Smooth Jazz All Stars/Cory Henry & The
Funk Apostles — 7:30 p.m., KeyBank State Theatre, $25-$65
Keyboardist Brian Simpson hits the JazzFest stage with Maysa,
Kenny Lattimore, Kim Waters and Paul Taylor as part of the
Smooth Jazz All Stars. Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
whip up a blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel and jazz
while blurring genres and upending expectations at every turn.
Dr. Lonnie Smith — 10:15 p.m., Allen
A master of the Hammond B-3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith has been
featured on more than 70 albums and has recorded with the giants
of jazz, blues and R&B over a career spanning five decades. No
wonder he is hailed as a legend and living musical icon.
Saturday, June 30
Vinicius Cantuaria — 1 p.m., Hanna Theatre, $30
Cantuaria is a well-known Brazilian musician in the sphere of
bossa nova and jazz. Leader of the rock band “O Terco,” he
released six albums in Brazil in the ‘80s and became a pioneer
of neo-Brazilian music with his 1996 album, “Sol na Cara.”
Terence Blanchard/Grace Kelly — 3:30
p.m., Allen Theatre, $25-$35
American trumpeter Terence Blanchard will perform his
Jazz in Film project with the Spirit of the Groove Big Band,
led by Dominick Farinacci. Saxophonist, singer and
composer Grace Kelly meshes the heart and passion of an
old soul with the genre-bending zest of youth.
Snarky Puppy — 6 p.m., Ohio Theatre, $15-$40
Three-time Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy represents the
convergence of black and white American music culture with
various accents from around the world. The jazz and funk
collective features as many as 25 members in its regular
Common with José James opening — 8 p.m., KeyBank State Theatre,
Common is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and
Grammy-winning actor and musician. He released his 11th
studio album, Black America Again, in 2016. New York
City-based vocalist José James will perform his latest project,
Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers.
— which offer VIP seating to all eight ticketed concerts, plus
other perks — are also available. Cost is $250. Call
216-987-4444 to purchase.
The 2018 JazzFest will also include free outdoor concerts at
Playhouse Square from 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday on
festival weekend. The popular performances will feature local
and regional talent selected by a jury of music industry
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
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 vendors.