CLEVELAND — Two months ago, the 41st annual Tri-C Jazzfest Cleveland announced it was cancelled due to coronavirus fears in Northeast Ohio.
Now, organizers announced today that more than a dozen local acts will perform over two nights this summer in a virtual festival.
The best of Northeast Ohio’s jazz talent will be livestreamed on August 21st and August 22nd for the annual festival.
The event will have pre-recorded and live performances, as well has interviews with jazz legends and memorable video from past Tri-C JazzFests.
“This virtual festival will share the compelling story of Tri-C JazzFest with music fans across the world,” said Terri Pontremoli, the festival’s director. “Once they hear these artists, they’re going to know what jazz in Cleveland is all about.”
The scheduled list of performers includes Chris Coles' Gleam, Dan Wilson Trio, Dominick Farinacci's Rhapsody in Blue Revisited, Evelyn Wright Quartet, Hubb's Groove, Jackie Warren, JazzWorks, Joe Hunter, Lafayette Carthon, Sammy DeLeon's Latin Jazz Sextet, Tri-C's Spirit of the Groove, Vanessa Rubin and Walter Barnes Jr. & Friends.
The virtual event is free but viewers can donate to the Tri-C's Student Emergency Fund. The money that is raised will benefit creative art students "experiencing unforeseen financial challenges with the potential to derail their studies."
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