At 63 I realized that half of my life has been dedicated to preserving Jazz. It began when I was nine years old sitting next to the radio at our kitchen table while doing my homework and listening to Oscar Tradwell play Jazz. Little did I know how much this was influencing my love for Jazz.I purchased my first Jazz album, Yusef Lateef with my first paycheck. At 17, I went to my first Jazz event at the ‘Old Living Room’ on 7thstreet to see Ramsey Lewis. So when you see the children playing Hoola Hoop along the hillside during the concert, know that they too are being introduced to Jazz. Maybe one day one of them may become a great Jazz musician or even the Promoter for Its Commonly Jazz.
After 30 years, one thing I know for sure is that Jazz is here to stay. This year, we are celebrating 30 Years of YOU the jazz fan by featuring some of Cincinnati’s best Jazz Musicians: The ‘Nati Six; Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra with The Jazz Faculty at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; and Famous African American Trumpet Stylists (FAATS) who will pay homage to Jazz Legend, Clark Terry who appeared on our line-up in 1997.
You will experience a Grand & Slamming Jazz Finale to our 30th year with The Tia Fuller Quartet showcasing young, talented and female artists who will assure you that Jazz is alive and at its best...right here in Cincinnati!
I am so very grateful that Fifth Third Bank has remained our Presenting Sponsor for over 26 of the 30 years. I thank Cintas for being our Music Sponsor and for encouraging top talent. I am happy to see a host of additional sponsors to help bring you this 30th year of live jazz.
A special thank you to Vernon Turner, Jazz Alive and Alice Frazier with AFA Associates for overseeing and doing what it takes to bring this event all together.
Then there is YOU, the Keeping Jazz Alive Supporters who imparts extra energy that adds a dimension of cultural vibrancy & expanded community engagement for a unique jazz experience not yet duplicated in this region.
Thank you for keeping this wonderful summer time event “sustainable”. Now grab a bite from the backstage area, sit back, relax and enjoy what I know is some of the best Jazz on the Cincinnati scene with folks who truly love and appreciate the music!
It’s all taking place in beautiful Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion every Thursday in August from 6 to 8 pm.
AHH… Abundance Health and Harmony in whatever you think or do!
It’s Commonly Jazz Creative Founder & Promoter