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Tri-C JazzFest teams with Virtual Shows CLE to support local musicians


CLEVELAND: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has announced a partnership between Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland and Virtual Shows CLE by Brite Winter to support a series of live online jazz concerts to benefit local musicians.

The virtual performances were streamed free on Facebook Live by Virtual Shows CLE, with the series kicking off with jazz guitarist Dan Wilson at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2020. The launch coincides with Jazz Appreciation Month.


“We applaud Virtual Shows CLE and Brite Winter for providing this opportunity for local musicians,” said Terri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest. “We’re happy to bring some jazz into the mix.”


Over the past few years, Wilson has toured nationally and internationally with legendary jazz figures such as Christian McBride and Joey DeFrancesco. He received a Grammy nomination for his work on Project Freedom, a 2017 release by DeFrancesco and The People.


Last summer, Wilson recorded an album for Mack Avenue Records titled Vessels of Wood and Earth, which featured Jeff “Tain” Watts, Christian Sands, Marco Panascia and Joy Brown. The album is set for release this spring.


Future concerts in the Tri-C JazzFest series will be announced in the coming month. They will be woven into the Virtual Shows CLE schedule, which features two live shows a week. The performances offer musicians an opportunity to be paid.


Dan Wilson

Virtual Shows CLE recently formed to help Northeast Ohio’s music community and keep music lovers entertained during these challenging times. The shows are being presented by the nonprofit organization behind Brite Winter music and art festival.


The College’s partnership with Virtual Shows CLE follows the cancellation of the 2020 Tri-C JazzFest due to uncertainties created by COVID-19.


Planning is also underway by Tri-C JazzFest for a larger virtual concert later this summer featuring local musicians. Details will be announced at a later date. Visit tri-cjazzfest.com for more information.


Both initiatives expand on the College’s commitment to bring arts and culture programming to the community, with Tri-C JazzFest rooted to its mission to educate and nurture the future of jazz.



2020 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Canceled

Uncertainties created by the COVID-19 outbreak have led to the cancellation of the 41st annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank. The event had been scheduled for June 25-27 at Playhouse Square.


Too many unknowns regarding the spread of the virus, and when it may subside enough for the state to lift restrictions on large-group activities, forced the decision.


There’s hope, however, that the music won’t be completely silenced. And hope was realized with Tri-C’s virtual concert that occurred on April 26, 2020.


Planning is underway to present additional virtual concerts featuring local musicians. Artists would be paid for participation in the event, providing welcome income during a time when most have lost paying gigs due to COVID-19.


“We see this as an opportunity to showcase Cleveland’s best while giving jazz fans everywhere a special treat,” said Terri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest. “You can’t beat the experience of live music in crowded concert halls and clubs, but this is another way to sustain musicians and feed the souls of our audience.” 


Over the past four decades, Tri-C JazzFest has become a cherished tradition for tens of thousands of music lovers. The festival has grown into a destination event with ticketed shows featuring top jazz acts and free outdoor performances highlighting local talent.


At its heart, Tri-C JazzFest remains rooted to its mission to educate and nurture the future of jazz. Events throughout the year connect students of all ages with jazz performers who bring the art form to life. Many of the programs are free to expand community access to the performing arts.


Refunds will be offered for those who purchased advance festival passes for this year’s Tri-C JazzFest. Individual tickets had yet to go on sale for the nine indoor shows featured in the 2020 lineup.


Visit tri-cjazzfest.com for more information.



Tri-C Loaning Ventilators to Hospitals to Aid COVID-19 Treatment

Tri-C® will loan eight ventilators to Northeast Ohio hospitals to help treat the growing surge of COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe.


The devices will be distributed for use in intensive care units at Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and University Hospitals.

An additional six College-owned ventilators, which are older, may be loaned out once they undergo servicing to ensure they are ready for patient use.


The equipment comes from College nursing and health career training programs, where it is used for hands-on classroom and lab instruction. Those face-to-face sessions are not currently taking place given a shift to remote instruction to limit the spread of COVID-19.


Ventilators help patients breathe and can mean the difference between life and death for those fighting the respiratory effects of the coronavirus. Equipment shortages have become an international issue during this pandemic.


“Whatever resources the College has to offer will be provided,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “It’s up to all of us to work together to fight COVID-19 and protect the people who make Cleveland the community we love.”


In addition to making the ventilators available, the College recently donated hundreds of boxes of respiratory masks, gloves and other protective equipment to health professionals working on the front lines of the outbreak.


Tri-C is part of a large contingent of community colleges across the nation offering supplies to aid local health care efforts.




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