“This is our first collaboration with Gordon Square,” said
Terri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest. “We are
excited about reaching this new audience and promoting jazz.”
The opening event features a panel discussion with poet and
vocalist Daniel Gray-Kontar and acclaimed jazz trumpeter
Dominick Farinacci. Spoken word artist Orlando Watson
will moderate the talk.
The night will include performances by the panelists and
moderator, as well as Damien McClendon, Ephraim Nehemiah, Tri-C
JazzFest Academy’s Spirit of the Groove Ensemble, Pat W. and DJ
The symposium begins at 6 p.m. at Happy Dog, located at 5801
Detroit Ave. in Cleveland. Reservations are requested and can be
syllablesymp.eventbrite.com. Walk-ups are welcome on the
night of the event.
The five remaining events will take place leading up to the 40th
annual Tri-C JazzFest in June. Here is the series lineup, with
times and locations:
Friday, June 7
FunkyardX — 5-8:30 p.m at Near West Plaza, 6702 Detroit Ave.
This musical collective organized by Steve Johnson explodes in
notes of funk, jazz and R&B.
Thursday, June 13
Spirit of the Groove — 6-8 p.m. at Luxe Kitchen & Lounge, 6605
The future of music will be on display as students from Tri-C’s
JazzFest Academy hit the stage under the direction of Dominick
Farinacci, whose rise to worldwide fame began at the College.
Friday, June 21
Acid Cats — 5-8:30 p.m at 78th Street Studios, 1300
West 78th St.
An energetic sextet of instrumental madness blending funk, jazz,
Latin, rock and soul music. The group is led by Tom Lehman, a
Tri-C jazz studies alumnus.
Sunday, June 23
Samba Joia — 1-2 p.m. at Near West Plaza, 6702 Detroit Ave.
This always “FIRED UP!” drumming group
builds community through vibrant Brazilian music and culture.
Tuesday, June 25
Screening and discussion of the 1986 film
Midnight: 6-10 p.m. at Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th
Jazz legend Dexter Gordon played the lead role in this fictional
film about a troubled saxophonist who rekindles his spirit in
Maxine Gordon, the musician’s widow, will participate in a Q&A
session and book signing after the screening. Saxophonist Nathan
Paul Davis will perform before the film.
The Tri-C JazzFest residency is part of Gordon Square Presents,
a free performance series supported by Cuyahoga Arts and
Culture, Kulas Foundation and The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls
Gordon Square Presents seeks to enhance artistic programming in
the neighborhood, providing unique experiences to residents and
visitors and opportunities to emerging artists.
Tri-C’s partnership with the Gordon Square Arts District expands
on the College’s commitment to bring Tri-C JazzFest programming
to communities. Visit
a full list of events leading up to this year’s festival.