The B.D. Lenz Trio will return to JazzFest this year, performing in the 6pm slot on Opening Night, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. For reasons beyond our control, Kiki Vilanni is not going to be able to perform. The GREAT news is that B.D. Lenz graciously agreed to perform on Opening Night on short notice, and we are THRILLED to welcome him back to JazzFest.
Performing Arts Live! Inc. recently received a Cultural Enrichment Spark Grant from Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF). The Spark grant will partially fund the 2017 Allentown JazzFest.
“Congratulations to Performing Arts Live!,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. “This year, we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary by asking organizations to “be the spark,” a spark of awareness, a spark of change, a spark of connection to make life better in the Lehigh Valley. We pleased to support the 2017 Allentown JazzFest with a Spark Grant and look forward to its implementation.”
The Hilton Garden West in Breinigsville and JazzFest have agreed to a two year hospitality sponsorship deal for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
"The Hilton Garden group really stepped up and it's gratifying to reach a multiyear sponsorship arrangement with them," said Bryan Tuk, JazzFest Executive Director. "It's a beautiful property and I encourage all of our fans coming from out of town to make their travel arrangements with the Hilton Garden West."
Guests can call the hotel at 610-398-6686 and book at the "Allentown Jazz Fest rate" of $129.00. If you book through the hotel website, guests can use the code: AJF through this site to get the discounted rate.
Last Thursday at the Allentown Art Museum, JazzFest Executive Director Bryan Tuk and Creative Director Zachary Hartzell unveiled the official 2017 poster during a preview concert by the Dan Dechellis Trio in the Museum's Trexler Gallery.
The design aesthetic of the 2017 Poster is extremely clean and bright, and in some ways a major departure from the artwork of the 2015 and 2016 Festivals, which used dark colors as the overall palette.
"It's really interesting that I've had people say to me that they couldn't wait to collect the 2017 Poster, because they had purchased the 2015 and 2016 versions. It's great to see that tradition taking root around JazzFest," said Bryan Tuk.
The 2017 Poster features six interlocking hands encircling the "Jazzman logo", which is our secondary logo. The six hands reference the six neighborhoods of Allentown unified as one. This design illustrates the idea that the city unifies around art and music in a way that no other activity or subject matter can. The Arts cross all demographic lines and categories.
The 2017 Poster is on sale here. Proceeds from the poster sales support the musicians who perform at AJF.