CLEVELAND: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®)
has announced an eclectic lineup of artists performing at the
42nd annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented
The two-day outdoor festival features 10 acts in Cain Park’s
covered Evans Amphitheater, with a lineup that celebrates both
the roots of jazz and the forward-thinkers in the genre today.
“We wanted to celebrate the fact that we all made it through a
difficult year by presenting a fun and diverse lineup,” said
Terri Pontremoli, festival director. “I guarantee the
audience will be really excited by the performances and will
remember them for a very long time.”
Festival highlights include an energetic, world-infused
performance by Banda Magda; extraordinary piano trios led
by Christian Sands and Emmet Cohen; vocalists
ranging from a 21-year-old recent Sarah Vaughan Competition
winner to veteran Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine
Russell; three thrilling horn players; and the explosive salsa
of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
“As presenting sponsor of the 42nd annual Tri-C JazzFest,
KeyBank is thrilled to be a part of the return of in-person
events,” said Timothy M. Burke, Northeast Ohio president for
KeyBank. “There is nothing like live music to bring communities
together, and we are proud to be a part of this celebration.”
Here is the festival lineup, with show dates and times. Passes,
sold by day, will be available through Ticketmaster starting
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021
Samara Joy – 3:30 p.m.
With a voice as smooth as velvet, 21-year-old Samara Joy’s
star seems to rise with each performance. Winner of the 2019
Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Joy is
currently recording her debut record featuring the Pasquale
Lakecia Benjamin and Pursuance – 4:45 p.m.
A charismatic and dynamic saxophonist and bandleader, Lakecia
Benjamin fuses traditional conceptions of jazz, hip-hop and
soul. Her latest album, Pursuance, was chosen as one of
the Top 20 best albums of 2020. It’s an intergenerational
masterpiece that takes one on a journey through the lineage of
music with the works of John and Alice Coltrane.
Christian Sands Trio – 6:15 p.m.
Steinway artist and five-time Grammy nominee Christian Sands
is an emerging jazz force. His abundant piano technique
perfectly matches his conception, accomplishing a much deeper
musical goal: a fresh look at the entire language of jazz.
A Moment in Cleveland – 7:45 p.m.
The performance of A Moment in Cleveland will be an
intergenerational celebration of Cleveland jazz talent featuring
Dominick Farinacci, Ernie Krivda and more.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra – 9:15 p.m.
Three-time Grammy-winning salsa and Latin jazz band Spanish
Harlem Orchestra sets the gold standard for excellence in
authentic, New York-style hardcore salsa. Whether in a concert
hall or at an outdoor jazz festival, there is no easing you in —
they come at you full force, from start to finish.