Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

30th Anniversary Artwork created by Cleveland's Hector Vega

Jazz fans, the time is here. The annual Tri-C JazzFest is upon us, running from April 23 to May 3, 2009. This year, the JazzFest celebrates 30 years of jazz in northeast Ohio. (For those of you not from the area, Tri-C is the “nickname” given to Cuyahoga Community College.)

The festival got its start in May of 1980, and over the years has developed into a on-going jazz educational program, which culminates with the JazzFest in late April. It is the largest jazz festival in the country. The JazzFest has hosted many of the famous artists associated with the genre, such as Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, and many others.

To get everyone in the mood, here are a few videos from previous JazzFests and local appearances of jazz artists for the festival. Additional information such as tickets and a full schedule of artists can be found on the web site for The Tri-C Performing Arts.

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