The two-day Main Street JazzFest will return May 4 to the Square in downtown Murfreesboro for its 16th installment.
Rahsaan Barber brings his project, Everyday Magic, to JazzFest.
The music committee is currently putting the finishing touches on a lineup that includes saxophonist Rahsaan Barber and his new project, Everyday Magic, who perform a mix of traditional and contemporary jazz.
Vocalist Connye Florance will also be in attendance along with guitarist Denny Jiosa.
Florance, noted for her smooth vocals, has performed on many stages including Broadway and numerous jazz festivals. On the same note, Jiosa is revered as a top-notch guitarist, who draws comparisons to Eric Clapton and crosses many styles.
Rounding out the initial lineup are Murfreesboro Youth Jazz Orchestra, MTSU Jazz Ensemble and MTSU Faculty Band, Kelli Cox.
More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
“I’m very excited about this year’s group of artists. We have a great mix of talent with our first jazz vocalist in years,” said Kathleen Herzog, executive director of Main Street JazzFest.
JazzFest has also played a pivotal role in educating the public and local schools about the genre.
On May 4, JazzFest will again play host to several high school jazz bands while the middle school bands will perform the following day.
“I feel that JazzFest has grown in our community. I got involved when my kids were in school and have just stayed involved,” event chair Cheryl Bradley said. “Introducing music to our children and letting them perform helps them build confidence, and then they want to get involved also. This is just a great event, and anyone who lives in Murfreesboro shouldn’t miss it.”
The event will get a new facelift with the work of local designer Shane Reed, who has incorporated a new logo that entails a classic design inspired by Ella Fitzgerald.
The tagline “Sing. Play. Dance. Like You Feel.” highlights the new logo with the courthouse in the background. It will be adorned on all T-shirts for the event and other promotional material.
In addition, there will be several food vendors on hand and activities for kids will also be available.
JazzFest is one the premier events of Main Street Murfreesboro, a nonprofit organization.
“The mission statement of Main Street is to enhance and promote downtown as the heart of our community,” Herzog said. “So, what better way than to bring a diverse event with families together downtown to see what’s here and fall in love with it. We love to use this opportunity to promote our downtown business community which is thriving.”
JazzFest is also seeking volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering can submit their contact information via firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the festival, visit jazzfestmainstreet.com.