“Because we take our educational mission seriously, these
offerings are important to us,” said Terri Pontremoli, director
of Tri-C JazzFest. “They’re always interesting, but they’re fun,
Below is a schedule of talks, listed by date and time:
Jazz Heights! | 4:15 p.m.
Jazz historian Joe Mosbrook and producer Jim Wadsworth discuss
Nighttown and the rich legacy of Cleveland Heights jazz clubs
The Roots of Latin Jazz | 7:15 p.m.
Radio host Tony Vasquez and musician Mitch Frohman (Spanish
Harlem Orchestra) talk about the Cuba/Puerto Rico/New York Latin
The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma | 8:45 p.m.
Mark Ribbins interviews
author/musician Ben Sidran about his recent biography of beloved
record producer Tommy LiPuma. Books will be available for
purchase and signing.
The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma | 3 p.m.
Radio host Jack Marchbanks interviews Sidran about his LiPuma
biography. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Back to Max: Jazz and Social Awareness | 4:30 p.m.
Marchbanks talks with drummer Jerome Jennings about his
recordings centered on social issues and reflects on
We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite.
Pandemonia: What I Did During Lockdown | 7:30 p.m.
Dan Polletta hosts a discussion with Emmet Cohen and Dominick
Farinacci about playing music in 2020, sans live audiences.
The festival will also feature performances by Tri-C JazzFest
Academy students in the Strassman Insurance Services Colonnade
between main stage sets. Student bands will perform beginning at
4:15 p.m. Sept. 11 and 3 p.m. Sept. 12.
Food trucks, vendors and street performers add to the daily fun.
A Kids Club, sponsored by U.S. Bank and free to the public, will
feature live music, dancing, balloons and music-related crafts
from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Cain Park playground area.
The 2021 lineup is a music lover’s delight. The young and
diverse lineup includes Lakecia Benjamin, Emmet Cohen, Bria
Skonberg, Catherine Russell, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and many
tri-cjazzfest.com for the
full lineup and schedules. All schedules are subject to change.
Passes, sold by the day, are available through
ticketmaster.com or by calling 216-371-3000. Reserved passes
are tiered, available for $50, $65, $75 and $100. Lawn seating
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is made possible by Cuyahoga Community
College, KeyBank, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio
Arts Council, The George Gund Foundation, Strassman Insurance
Services Inc. and a growing list of donors and vendors. Cain
Park is owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights.