Dave Liebman & The Moravian College Big Band
May
7
3:00 pm15:00

Dave Liebman & The Moravian College Big Band

  • Zion UCC "Liberty Bell" Church

NEA JAZZ MASTER, saxophonist David Liebman was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 4, 1946. After contracting polio as a small child, he began classical piano lessons at the age of nine and clarinet/saxophone by twelve. His interest in jazz was sparked by seeing John Coltrane perform live in New York City clubs such as Birdland, Village Vanguard and  the Half Note. Throughout high school and college, Liebman pursued his jazz interest by studying with saxophone guru Joe Allard (other Allard alumni are Eddie Daniels, Mike Brecker, Steve Grossman, Harry Carney) as well as jazz musicians Lennie Tristano and Charles Lloyd. Upon graduation from New York University (with a degree in American History), he began to seriously devote himself to the full time pursuit of being a jazz artist.

Hector Rosado y Orq HACHE
May
6
10:00 pm22:00

Hector Rosado y Orq HACHE

  • The Barristers' Club

Hector Rosado brings his latin jazz salsa group back to AJF for a late night salsa dance party!  If you missed Hector's performance last year, don't miss him at The Barristers' Club late night!

Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door. 

Jeff "Tain" Watts Trio
May
6
7:30 pm19:30

Jeff "Tain" Watts Trio

  • Allentown Art Museum

Jeff Watts, the drummer they call "Tain," spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention. 

Jeff initially majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrollment at the Berklee School of Music. Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble: Black Codes From The UndergroundJ Mood and Marsalis Standard Time. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989, winning Grammy's for I Heard You Twice the First Time and Contemporary Jazz

In the film and television industry Jeff has appeared as both a musician on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s "Mo Better Blues". Jeff joined Kenny Garrett's band after returning to New York in 1995 and continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harry Connick Jr, and Ravi Coltrane.

Along with explosive power, blinding speed and mastery of complex rhythms and time signatures, Watts brings a rare sense of elegance, tried-by-fire composure, and a gritty street funk to his music. His artistic ingenuity expresses itself in his incomparable technique, sweltering sense of swing, and an extraordinary ability to imbue his music with majestic grace and elegant repose. A true jazz innovator, Watts never fails to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene.

Andy Milne
May
6
5:45 pm17:45

Andy Milne

  • Allentown Art Museum

Andy Milne has established himself as a distinctive voice at the heart of New York's creative jazz scene, performing throughout the world in numerous settings, including collaborations with a range of artists including Ravi Coltrane, Carlos Ward, Carla Cook, Sekou Sundiata, Avery Brooks, Geri Allen, Dianne Reeves, Robin Eubanks, Red Mitchell, and Sonny Greenwich. His innovative rhythmic approach combined with his extensive harmonic lexicon place him at the forefront of young pianists poised to carry on the lineage of creative masters like Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner. 

Hot Bijouxx
May
6
4:00 pm16:00

Hot Bijouxx

  • Allentown Art Museum

Hot Bijouxx performs an energetic mélange of Prohibition-era jazz, French gypsy swing-waltz, and Brazilian bossa nova. Renditions of Great American Songbook standards are metamorphosized by Hot Bijouxx's arresting arrangements: A class French chanson marries a sizzling samba. A Europop club hit is transmuted into a feverish, Balkan gypsy anthem. A WWI era blues soars amongst the 3/4 time of a Parisian waltz.

The band features the senstive, ever-creative vocals of Najwa Parkins, who spent nascent years amongst the jazz community of The Deer Head Inn, and has since toured internationally. Hot Bijouxx's accordionist, Dallas Vietty, is a renowned force in the world of French musette & Gypsy jazz. Ryan McNeely, scholar and devotee of bossa nova, contributes a unique versatility on archtop guitar, while musically gifted drummer Kevin Ripley punctuates the vintage sound with snare and hi-hat. Hot Bijouxx members are currently residing in Philadelphia

Dieruff High School Big Band
May
6
3:00 pm15:00

Dieruff High School Big Band

  • Allentown Art Museum

The Dieruff High School Jazz Ensemble returns to JazzFest!  Education and community involvement is central to JazzFest's mission.  Providing performance opportunities for young musicians is one of the things that JazzFest is extremely proud to do. 

fajjr+ali
May
6
2:00 pm14:00

fajjr+ali

  • allentown art museum
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fajjr+ali is a pop duo based in New York City that brings a completely new image to American pop music. Combining poetic and heartfelt storytelling with a contemporary sound, fajjr+ali bring a fresh perspective to the world of music. Being of Pakistani and Middle-Eastern descent, they blend their unique heritage with growing up in contemporary America. With the music they write together, fajjr+ali will not only introduce a contemporary take on pop music, but also a completely untapped concept and image for Pop Musicians.

This performance is FREE to the public, (admission to the Art Museum required).

Gail W. Boyd, Esq.: The New Paradigm of Jazz Management
May
6
1:00 pm13:00

Gail W. Boyd, Esq.: The New Paradigm of Jazz Management

  • Allentown Art Museum

Gail Boyd is President of Gail W. Boyd, P.C., an entertainment law firm, and Gail Boyd Artist Management, a wholly owned company of the law firm.  She is a graduate of De Paul University and De Paul University School of Law.  She was a founding partner in Boyd, Staton and Cave, the first African American female law firm in New York.  Gail has been involved in entertainment law since 1976.  She has been involved specifically in music with a specialty in jazz since 1979.

Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra
May
5
7:30 pm19:30

Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra

  • Bell Hall

The Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra is a group of jazz artists that have come together to facilitate and explore the bond that exists between musicians from many different countries. The Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra's latest CD is Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.

Beholder
May
5
6:00 pm18:00

Beholder

  • Centro

Beholder is definitely one of our wilder choices for this year, but when you hear their mix of electronics, chops and improvisation you'll know exactly why.  Beholder is an improvisational group featuring area favorites Dan DeChellis (piano), J.P. Tomasic (electric guitar) and Zach Martin (drums, electronics).  

Chris Cummings Trio
May
5
6:00 pm18:00

Chris Cummings Trio

  • Billy's Downtown Diner

Chris Cummings – (Drums) - Chris Cummings began his professional playing career at the age of 14. He has performed or recorded with many notable players including Gene Perla, Bill Washer, Jim Weider, Tony Marino, Jon Ballantyne, and many more. As both a sideman and leader, he has played at some of the biggest music festivals in the world such as the Berks Jazz Festival and Musikfest. Chris maintains a private teaching practice in the Lehigh Valley where he resides with his wife and children. 

May
4
9:00 pm21:00

DJ Dominic Longo

  • The Dime Restaurant and Bar

Join us back at The Dime for a late night Thursday with DJ Dominic Longo as he spins some old school RnB, funk and a whole lot more...

The Hot Club of Philadelphia
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

The Hot Club of Philadelphia

  • 187 Rue Principale

The Hot Club of Philadelphia was started in 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig.

They are an acoustic ensemble, dedicated to playing ‘Gypsy Jazz.’ That’s the term used to describe the music pioneered by the legendary original ‘Hot Club of France Quintet,’ which was led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and Violinist Stephane Grappelli.  Django and Grappelli were attempting to do their own version of American ‘Hot Jazz,’ as played by artists like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. They used acoustic guitars, bass and violin, rather than horns and drums. Grappelli and Django added some French and Gypsy flavor and created a blend of music that is quite popular and accessible. The HCPhilly mixes the original style of the HCOF, along with their own modern influences.

The band performs as a trio, quartet, quintet, etc.  There have been some changes in the line up through the years. Bassist Jim Stager has been with the group from the beginning. 

Joshua Machiz & Dylan Taylor also share bass duties. Dan Pearce is the 2nd guitarist, and violinist Joseph Arnold is a key part of the group’s recordings and shows, and clarinetists Bob Butryn and Paul Butler are also mainstays . 

The band features vocalist Phyllis Chapell and they have collaborated with Denise King. 

Their second CD, ‘Gypsy Routes,’ released in 2005, features Chapell singing pieces like Edith Piaf’s ‘La Foule’ in French, and ‘Cry Me a River’ [in English].

The Pioneer Band
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

The Pioneer Band

  • Liberty Bell UCC Church

Allentown has a very strong tradition with community bands.  Last year we presented the Allentown Band, which debuted in 1828.  This year we present the Pioneer Band, which was formed in 1889.  Pioneer will perform a program of standards from the Great American Songbook and they will be in a terrific acoustic environment at the Liberty Bell Church.

 

Couch Conversations
May
4
5:30 pm17:30

Couch Conversations

  • Moravian Book Shop

knw.+ Couch Conversations is a live talk show in partnership with youth empowerment company, Arrow Up, and independent production company Epic Down Time. The live talk show interviews up and coming artists and influencers ; and creates a space for the audience to engage in conversation about current events and trending topics.

This event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

The Collingwood
May
3
7:30 pm19:30

The Collingwood

  • Bell Hall

Formed in 1999 by guitarist/filmmaker Christopher Malinowski, The Collingwood mesh cinema-driven, minor-key melodies with elements of post-rock and 1970’s-soul, creating shadowy dance numbers, both contemplative and severe. The Collingwood is renowned for its impetuous live performances, equal parts drama and ass-shake. Members live in Landenberg, Pennsylvania and Newark, Delaware. Malinowski is also the writer/director of the films “’Alms, You Say’” (2007) and “Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir.” (2013).

B.D. Lenz
May
3
6:00 pm18:00

B.D. Lenz

  • The Dime

Mix the sophistication of jazz, the grit of Blues, and the grooves of funk and soul, and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. The New Jersey native has played guitar since his early teens, is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and has studied with such masters as Mike Stern, Vic Juris, and Charlie Banacos along the way. Lenz has released 10 highly-acclaimed recordings as a leader featuring greats such as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Joel Rosenblatt, & Mark Egan and his music has been featured in hundreds of TV shows globally including "Breaking Bad" (AMC), "Catfish" (MTV), and "Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations" (Travel Channel) to name a few. This Godin-endorsed guitarist has performed thousands of shows internationally, keeping the audience on their feet whether playing jazz, fusion, or jam.

This event is FREE to the PUBLIC!

Couch Conversations
May
3
5:30 pm17:30

Couch Conversations

  • Moravian Book Shop

knw.+ Couch Conversations is a live talk show in partnership with youth empowerment company, Arrow Up, and independent production company Epic Down Time. The live talk show interviews up and coming artists and influencers ; and creates a space for the audience to engage in conversation about current events and trending topics.

"Music & Social Responsibility" This edition of knw.+ Couch Conversations will explore the role music has in terms of social responsibility. We will also dive into how music has historically influenced culture and society; and how we can learn from the past to move forward in the future.

This event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

JazzFest 2017 Preview + Artwork Reveal at The Art Museum
Apr
20
6:00 pm18:00

JazzFest 2017 Preview + Artwork Reveal at The Art Museum

  • Allentown Art Museum

Join us at we celebrate Third Thursday in the Trexler Gallery at The Allentown Art Museum!  The Dan DeChellis Trio performs for us in this one of a kind setting.  

There is NO COVER CHARGE. 

“The JazzFest Preview event on April 20th at The Art Museum is going to have a little something for everyone,” said Bryan Tuk, Executive Director of JazzFest.  “Obviously, we are looking forward to the performance by the Dan DeChellis Trio, but also this is really an occasion to recognize JazzFest’s artists, volunteers and sponsors.”  During the Third Thursday event from 6PM-9PM, which is free to the public, Mr. Tuk will preview the JazzFest 2017 schedule and reveal the official festival poster.