“Christian and John are favorites of the Cleveland jazz
audience,” said Terri Pontremoli, the festival’s
director. “It’s not only because of their stellar musicianship,
either. They’re great personalities.”
The two served as back-to-back artists-in-residence at Tri-C
JazzFest in 2014 and 2015. During their upcoming calls,
McBride and Clayton will talk about their residency experiences
at the festival and on campus working with students at Cuyahoga
Community College (Tri-C®).
They will also tell stories about their shared mentors —
legendary bassist Ray Brown and famed music producer Tommy
LiPuma — and share other tales about their life in jazz.
to register for the
which will stream on Tri-C JazzFest’s website, YouTube and
Facebook pages. A list of performers taking the virtual stage
can be found at
The lineup includes more than a dozen acts, including the Dan
Wilson Trio, Evelyn Wright Quartet, Sammy DeLeon’s Latin Jazz
Sextet, Vanessa Rubin, Joe Hunter, Hubb’s Groove and more.
Acclaimed trumpeter Dominick Farinacci will co-host the
virtual festival with Pontremoli and also perform. His path to
becoming an international recording artist began in Tri-C’s
classrooms two decades ago.
The virtual event will be free, though viewers will have the
opportunity to donate to Tri-C’s Student Emergency Fund. Money
raised will specifically benefit creative arts students
experiencing unforeseen financial challenges with the potential
to derail their studies.
Tri-C JazzFest turned to the online format after restrictions
related to the COVID-19 outbreak forced a change in plans. The
traditional festival typically draws tens of thousands of music
lovers to Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.
The virtual 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., The George Gund Foundation and a
growing list of donors and vendors.