The Charlotte Jazz Festival returns!
This weeklong celebration of jazz will feature the critically acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis.
April 17-23 in uptown Charlotte!
Now in its second year, the festival is hosted by Blumenthal Performing Arts and sponsored by The Leon Levine Foundation. Blumenthal officials say the 2017 festival will be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, which sold out.
Lunch Hour Jazz: Monday through Friday, bring your friends to the Jazz Pavilion on the plaza at Levine Center for the Arts for a lunchtime concert. Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (see schedule)
Happy Hour Jazz: After work on Thursday and Friday, you can head to the Jazz Pavilion to hear some of Charlotte’s best jazz artists, plus some special guests. (see schedule)
Jazz at the Pavilion: Friday night and all day Saturday you can drop by the Jazz Pavilion on the Levine Center for the Arts plaza for free jazz concerts. (see schedule)
Late Night Jams: For the night owls, enjoy two late night performances in the Westin hotel’s SoCo Bar, with guest appearances by members of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Friday and Saturday at 11:30 p.m.
Junior Jazz Club: Bring the kids and enjoy a free jazz concert that will engage them (and you) at the Romare Bearden Jazz Tent. This hour-long casual show will feature members of Sammy Miller & The Congregation as they perform and interact with the audience. Your child could even end up on stage! Recommended for Grades 3-7. Saturday at 11 a.m.
Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition: Are you an aspiring jazz musician? Are you in 8th through 12th grade? Are you interested in winning a college scholarship? If you answered “YES!” to these questions, the Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition is for you. Saturday at 1:30 p.m., Romare Bearden Jazz Tent
Jazz Picnic at the Park: Bring the entire family (and lunch) and celebrate the closing of the 2017 Charlotte Jazz Festival in Romare Bearden Park featuring an amazing tribute to Stevie Wonder from Natural Wonder: The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience! Starting at 1 p.m. (see schedule)