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Tri-C JazzFest: 39th annual festival offers eight concerts June 28-30 at Playhouse Square


CLEVELAND: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has announced that individual tickets are now on sale for the full lineup of shows at this year’s Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank.


This year’s festival features eight shows inside Playhouse Square’s historic venues and showcases an eclectic lineup including Tony Award winners who dazzled on Broadway; a hip-hop artist blending jazz and rap; and musical legends with decades of hits.


Tickets are available through the Playhouse Square Box Office at 216-640-8800 or www.playhousesquare.org.


Here is the concert lineup for the 39th annual festival, with show times, locations and pricing:


Thursday, June 28

Leslie Odom, Jr./Dee Dee Bridgewater/DIVA Jazz Orchestra — 7:30 p.m., KeyBank State Theatre, $35-$95

Opening night features two Broadway stars and Tony Award winners — Leslie Odom, Jr. and Dee Dee Bridgewater — who are also luminaries in the jazz world. The all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra opens the night with a power-packed big band performance.


Friday, June 29

Joshua Redman — 6 p.m., Ohio Theatre, $15-$40

Legendary saxophonist Joshua Redman brings his Still Dreaming quartet to Cleveland. The group features trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade — three of the most inventive artists in contemporary jazz.


Smooth Jazz All Stars/Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles — 7:30 p.m., KeyBank State Theatre, $25-$65

Keyboardist Brian Simpson hits the JazzFest stage with Maysa, Kenny Lattimore, Kim Waters and Paul Taylor as part of the Smooth Jazz All Stars. Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles whip up a blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel and jazz while blurring genres and upending expectations at every turn.


Dr. Lonnie Smith — 10:15 p.m., Allen Theatre, $35

A master of the Hammond B-3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith has been featured on more than 70 albums and has recorded with the giants of jazz, blues and R&B over a career spanning five decades. No wonder he is hailed as a legend and living musical icon.

Saturday, June 30

Vinicius Cantuaria — 1 p.m., Hanna Theatre, $30

Cantuaria is a well-known Brazilian musician in the sphere of bossa nova and jazz. Leader of the rock band “O Terco,” he released six albums in Brazil in the ‘80s and became a pioneer of neo-Brazilian music with his 1996 album, “Sol na Cara.”


Terence Blanchard/Grace Kelly — 3:30 p.m., Allen Theatre, $25-$35

American trumpeter Terence Blanchard will perform his Jazz in Film project with the Spirit of the Groove Big Band, led by Dominick Farinacci. Saxophonist, singer and composer Grace Kelly meshes the heart and passion of an old soul with the genre-bending zest of youth.


Snarky Puppy — 6 p.m., Ohio Theatre, $15-$40

Three-time Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy represents the convergence of black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. The jazz and funk collective features as many as 25 members in its regular rotation.


Common with José James opening — 8 p.m., KeyBank State Theatre, $35-$90

Common is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning actor and musician. He released his 11th studio album, Black America Again, in 2016. New York City-based vocalist José James will perform his latest project, Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers.


Festival passes — which offer VIP seating to all eight ticketed concerts, plus other perks — are also available. Cost is $250. Call 216-987-4444 to purchase.


The 2018 JazzFest will also include free outdoor concerts at Playhouse Square from 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday on festival weekend. The popular performances will feature local and regional talent selected by a jury of music industry experts.


The festival typically draws tens of thousands of people downtown for the three-day experience. For a full roster of Tri-C JazzFest events — including free community concerts in the months leading up to the festival — visit www.tri-cjazzfest.com.


Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, Strassman Insurance Services Inc. and a growing list of donors and vendors.





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