Tri-C JazzFest Announces Additions to This Year’s Schedule

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Earlier this year, Cuyahoga Community College announced the full lineup of headlining acts for the 37th annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, which takes place from June 23 to June 25 at Playhouse Square. The event features nine ticketed concerts over three days inside Playhouse Square’s historic venues.

Now, concert organizers have just announced that 18 bands will play on two outdoor stages at the festival.

The free performances take place between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at U.S. Bank Plaza at Playhouse Square where they’ll play on the Scene Stage and Strassman Insurance Stage.

A jury of “music industry experts” picked the acts from more than 100 bands that submitted.

“The streets at Playhouse Square will feature wall-to-wall music for nearly 24 hours over two days,” says festival director Terri Pontremoli in a press release. “I know the dance floor under the chandelier will be jumping.”

Along with descriptions from the press release announcing the additional acts, here are the additions to the schedule, which already includes a birthday party for producer Tommy LiPuma featuring performances by heavy hitters such as Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Dr. John and Leon Russell.

Friday, June 24

TCJF SoundWorks:
Founded by Tri-C JazzFest in 2009, this collective of Northeast Ohio musicians reimagine the jazz of our time. This year they celebrate the music of Chick Corea.

International Orange: From the slide guitar of the American South to the rhythms of India, Africa and Brazil, the band marries a jazz sensibility to innovative, funky originals.

Witness Protection: The band is an eclectic, acoustic trio that plays memorable cover tunes audiences aren’t sick of hearing.

One World Tribe: Considered by many critics to be one of North America’s premier world music groups, the band combines world music with funk and jazz that makes dancing a must.

Blue Lunch: This band of eight is a blues/jump/swing band with tight horn arrangements.

Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday Big Band: The 19-piece group and its legendary front man have a well-earned reputation as one of the region’s hardest-swinging big bands.

Red Light Roxy: With veteran musicians from Cleveland’s jazz scene, the band plays a mix of swing, jump blues and boogie-woogie that makes it a favorite among the swing dancing scene.

Wesley Bright: This Akron performer brings freshness to the timeless R&B sound of the ‘60s.

Saturday, June 25

Paul VornHagen Quartet:
The quartet led by Paul VornHagen — a saxophonist, flutist and vocalist — has been a fixture on the Detroit-area jazz scene for more than two decades.

Sam Blakeslee Quintet: The experienced group led by trombonist and composer Sam Blakeslee recently toured the Midwest and plans to record its debut album in the fall.

Bluelight: Vocalist and keyboardist Phil Anderson sets the tone for this Akron-based experimental quintet, which has strong roots roots in jazz, R&B and hip hop.

Moises Borges Brazilian Jazz: This Brazilian-born guitarist and singer brings the real deal samba and bossa nova from his native land to Cleveland.

Tribe of Eli: Cleveland-based drummer Elijah Gilmore — who leads this funky jazz group — has toured and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in jazz.

Forecast: This Cleveland-based contemporary jazz band celebrates its 35th anniversary with a blend of instrumental jazz, funk, rock, reggae and pop.

Humbly Submitted: The artists in this gospel group have spent more than 20 years composing and arranging music that speaks directly to the souls of listeners.

The Admirables: This soul band is fronted by alto saxophonist Nathan Paul Davis, who engages the crowd like a southern Baptist preacher and gets them up on their feet.

Funkyard X: The band’s groove-loaded performances feature powerful horns and a mighty rhythm section.

Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta: Percussionist Sammy DeLeon — recipient of the 2016 Cleveland Jazz Legend Award — has performed with some of the world’s greatest Latin musicians and promises to rock the stage with his bandmates.


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