Riggins’ residency begins in February and will include
performances, master classes and interviews. Most will take
place at the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts at
the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).
“We’re excited to immerse Karriem in our community,” said
Terri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest. “He does more
than straddle the worlds of jazz and hip-hop — he brings them
At age 17, the Detroit-born Riggins was already making his name
as drummer with the legendary Betty Carter. He moved to New York
City in 1994 and worked with Mulgrew Miller, Roy Hargrove, Ray
Brown and others, laying the foundation for his rich and varied
Over the years, Riggins recorded with the likes of Paul
McCartney, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Norah Jones.
He now resides in Los Angeles, performing regularly with
Diana Krall and collaborating with rapper Common.
Riggins will be introduced as Tri-C JazzFest’s
artist-in-residence on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 during the 2020
festival lineup announcement at Nighttown. He’ll return to
Cleveland in April and June for workshops and a performance at
The announcement party will feature a performance by Israeli
saxophonist Eli Degibri and his quartet. Tickets are $25
and can be purchased at
www.nighttowncleveland.club or by calling 216-795-0550.
Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the
The lineup announcement begins at 7:30 p.m., with the concert
following at 8 p.m. Nighttown, is located at 12383 Cedar Road in
The lineup reveal kicks off a series of events and community
concerts leading up this summer’s festival, which promises to
draw tens of thousands of music lovers downtown to Playhouse
www.tri-cjazzfest.com to learn more.
The 41st annual 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.