With summer on the horizon, the city of Greenville announced Greenville Jazz Fest, a new festival that will celebrate community, culture and most importantly, jazz music.
The inaugural event will be held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 3. Two stages will be located along Main Street in downtown along with food trucks and beverage locations.
For its debut, the jazz festival will feature national acts including the Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra.
Local jazz groups will also perform, including:
- The Tish Oney Jazz Orchestra featuring Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band
- Iliana Rose Cuban Jazz Band
- The Wheel All-Stars
The festival will stretch outside of downtown and partner with local music venues to host jazz performances throughout the weekend. The locations for the additional jazz shows include Horizon Records, Chicora Alley, Blues Boulevard and Rainer’s Café and Bar.
The city plans to extend the festival in 2024 to a two-day event with more performances, venues and on-site activities.
Another major component of Jazz Fest is music education for children and teens.
Leading up to Jazz Fest, the city is partnering with Greenville Jazz Collective to host JazzEd Sessions at Juanita Butler, Nicholtown and West Greenville Community Centers. Children can come and learn more about the history of jazz and the instruments used to create the sounds.
The city will also work with Greenville County Schools to showcase performances by the Fine Arts Center Jazz All-Stars and the All-County Jazz Ensemble, a musical group composed of 20 students from five GCS schools.
The festival is free and open to the public.
More than 50 volunteers are needed to help run the event, and food-truck vendors can apply to serve at the festival. For more information, visit greenvillejazz.com.