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Tri-C’s 32nd Annual Festival showcases the best in Jazz, April 28 – May 8

 The 32nd annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland will swing into town with a stellar line-up of jazz, blues and R&B artists from around the corner and across the globe.  Iconic R&B singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the King of Motown, plays JazzFest for the first time, crooning selections from his seemingly endless arsenal of Top 40 hits.

Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Cleveland Orchestra salute Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, plus Orchestre National de Jazz, straight from France, pays tribute to drummer and vocalist Robert Wyatt. 

 From April 28 to May 8, JazzFest heats up Cleveland with a dizzying array of the best in jazz. 

The always popular Smooth Jazz All-Stars return with an award-winning cast, including Dave Koz and Brian Simpson, and “avant-groove” group Medeski, Martin & Wood highlight a jam-band evening of free jazz, funk and hip hop. 

New Orleans legend Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue kick off the festival with their rollicking “Supafunkrock” sound at the House of Blues. 

JazzFest continues its tradition of spotlighting up-and-coming artists with the “Debut Series,” this year featuring trumpet players Ambrose Akinmusire and Maurice Brown and saxophonist Tia Fuller. 

“Women in Jazz” salutes singer Betty Carter, the Godmother of Jazz, while local great Ernie Krivda and an all-star band of Midwestern artists pay homage to jazz from the Heartland. 

For the young, and young at heart, Joe Hunter reprises his “Jazz for Kids” series at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, while MOCA hosts versatile pianist Robert Glasper, who effortlessly connects jazz and blues to contemporary urban sounds. 

 All tickets are available at www.tricpresents.com or 216-987-4444. For events at Playhouse Square, call 216-241-6000. For more information, groups and special packages, call 216-987-4444. 


Here’s the 2011 Tri-C JazzFest lineup (free performances are in italics):

 Wednesday, April 27, 8:00 p.m. – Special JazzFest Preview for the Community: The Eddie Baccus Organ Summit with Special Guest Bobby Floyd, Karamu House


Thursday, April 28, 5:00 p.m. – Kick Off Day:  Mardi Gras Parade, Tower City Center


Thursday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, House of Blues


Friday, April 29, 8:00 p.m. – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with Dee Dee Bridgewater

and The Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall


Friday, April 29, 8:00 p.m. – Orchestre National de Jazz: The Robert Wyatt Project, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum


Saturday, April 30, 1:00 p.m. – Women in Jazz – A Tribute to Betty Carter, Olivet Baptist Church


Saturday, April 30, 8:00 p.m. – Smooth Jazz All-Stars Featuring Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Kenny Lattimore, Ray Parker, Jr. and Brian Simpson, State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare


Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m. – Debut Series with The Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet and The Tia Fuller Quartet, East Cleveland Public Library


Sunday, May 1, 8:00 p.m. – Debut Series with Maurice Brown, Nighttown


Monday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. – Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta at the International Children's Festival, “Celebrating the Music of Tito Puente”, State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare


Monday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. – The Dave Sterner Quintet and the Tri-C Jazz Studies Performance Combo, Brothers Lounge


Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 p.m. – Ernie Krivda's "Thunder from the Heartland", The Hermit Club


Wednesday, May 4, 8:00 p.m. – The Robert Glasper Trio, MOCA Cleveland


Thursday, May 5, 8:00 p.m. – "Miles & Trane @ 85 – Re-Imagined" TCJF Soundworks with special guests NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson and drummer Ndugu Chancler, Tri-C Metro Auditorium


Friday, May 6, 6:00 p.m. – DownBeat Invitational – The Tri-C JazzFest High School All-Stars, Music of Benny Golson and Bobby Watts, Tri-C Metro Theatre


Friday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. – “Tri-C JamFest” – Three Bands-One Jam:  Medeski, Martin & Wood, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Will Bernard, State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare


Saturday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – Jazz for Kids, Children’s Museum of Cleveland


Saturday, May 7, 3:00 p.m. – Gospel Jazz with Present Day and special guest Sean Jones,

Antioch Baptist Church


Saturday, May 7, 8:00 p.m. – Smokey Robinson, State Theatre at Playhouse Square


Sunday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. – Oikos Ensemble - Jazz Vespers, Pilgrim United Church of Christ


Sunday, May 8, 3:00 p.m. – Regina Carter's “Reverse Thread”, Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art


Sponsors:  American Greetings, KeyBank, Cuyahoga Arts &Culture, WEWS NewsChannel 5, COSE Arts Network, Dominion, Fox Sports Ohio, Kulas Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Lottery, National Endowment for the Arts, NEA Jazz Masters Live, Roetzel & Andress, Strassman Insurance Services, Inc.

Media Sponsors:  Cleveland.com, Cleveland Scene, DownBeat, WCLV, WCPN/WVIZ, WENZ, WMJI, WRUW, WZAK


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