More than 75,000 music
lovers shared the free online experience over the three days.
They watched as more than a dozen acts with Northeast Ohio roots
showed why Cleveland can call itself a jazz town.
The lineup of performers
included acts such as the Dan
Wilson Trio, Evelyn Wright Quartet, Sammy DeLeon’s Latin Jazz
Sextet, Vanessa Rubin, Joe Hunter and Hubb’s Groove.
In addition, two of the jazz world’s preeminent bassists —
Christian McBride and John Clayton — called in to
share stories. McBride’s live chat took place on the virtual
festival’s first night. Clayton dialed in on Day Two.
If you missed it live, don’t worry: Each night’s two-hour
presentation is available for viewing at
“The virtual festival exceeded all expectations,” said Terri
Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest. “It was, in a word,
unforgettable. We saw that music brings people together, no
matter the obstacles. That’s the lesson from the 2020 Tri-C
Viewer donations during the weekend sessions also raised nearly
$10,000 for Tri-C’s Student Emergency Fund. The money will
benefit creative arts students experiencing unforeseen financial
challenges with the potential to derail their studies.
Donations can still be made to the fund at
This year’s Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland was 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 long
list of donors and vendors.