Jazz Festival Preview
THIS SUNDAY the Fusion Coffeehouse Jazz Series presents a very special "Festival Preview" show featuring host Raphael Semmes along with performers from this year's Jazz Festival including Barry Leach (of "The Vamps") and others.
Plus a special interview with Tripp Douglas to find out everyhing you need to know before the 2017 festival.
You'll hear all about this year's headliners as well as enjoy some live jazz along with the best coffee in the Metro. Arrive early for best seating!
Featuring Astral Project, Bill Summers' Jazalsa, The Vamps, Raphael Semmes Jazz Ensemble and much more!
Astral Project (New Orleans)
Headlining this year's fest is legendary New Orleans group "ASTRAL PROJECT" whose wholly original approach to jazz and stellar musicianship have made them a "must see" attraction for jazz aficianados and festival goers worldwide with Down Beat magazine calling them "One of the most distinctive and cohesive groups in jazz."
Bill Summers & Jazalsa (New Orleans)
To say that Bill Summers is a percussionist is like saying a Steinway is a piano: the noun conveys none of the history and quality of the owner of the title. Summers is a musician of the highest order, playing anything from traditional African instruments to pop bottles, and a cultural visionary who brings diverse people and ideas together. For our festival he brings his group "Jazalsa" to add a very danceable latin vibe to our lineup.
Raphael Semmes Jazz Ensemble(Jackson, MS)
Fresh on the heels of his selection as Best of Jackson "Favorite Jazz Artist," Raphael Semmes returns to the festival stage with some of his favorite local musicians.
The Vamps (Jackson, MS)
“The Vamps” return this year to take their festival record to 10-for-10! They headlined our inaugural festival 10 years ago and have graced our stage every year since.
The Musicians (Jackson, MS)
Willie Silas, Sherrill Holly, Bernard Holly, Dowel Taylor, and Bernard Jones (collectively known simply as "The Musicians"), are an amazing group of Jackson's finest veteran musicians.
Southern Komfort (Jackson, MS)
Jackson’s award winning, high-energy, super soulful brass band “Southern Komfort” retuns once again for what has become an annual tradition: closing out the festival by leading the audience on a jazz parade through the main drag of the Township itself.
Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble
Under the direction of Dr. Russell Thomas, Jr.
Under the direction of Larry Panella
Murrah High School Jazz Band
With introduction by Mayor Gene Magee
More info on the Township Jazz Festival website...
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