Our July session featured Jazz Syndicate, a quartet led by drummer and educator Quinous Johnson. The group also included John Alford on keys and not one, but TWO bassists: Dale Morris and Johnny Hubbard. The standing-room-only crowd was treated to a killer set of high tempo groove, and we also learned a thing or two from Professor Q (who couldn't resist teaching us a little about "rhythmic I.Q." and the MIDI instruments).
If you missed the session, check out the recording below in our archives section. And make sure you're on our email list so you don't miss another one!
August brings the return of Fusion "Wall of Famer" Barry Leach, who has graced the Jazz Spot many times over the last 13 years and never disappoints. Don't miss it!
Our festival featured 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
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