welcome jazz fans!
If this is your first time attending an It’s Commonly Jazz concert series, Welcome and where have you been for the past 31 years? Now that can sound like a long time or it can feel like we are young and just getting started with a sound foundation to support and help grow the Jazz scene in Cincinnati. I like the sound of the latter.
So many of us spend our lives seeking for something special and don’t realize it’s right there in front of us. You know the old saying “The grass appears greener on the other side.” Well this year my goal is to show you the current Jazz community and its amazing mosaic of talent both seasoned and filled with new faces. If I am successful, you will know the places to go for Jazz and want to support and patronize the local Jazz scene. Each week we will feature some of the Star Jazz artists right in our own backyard and some of the venues in town that showcase Jazz not just 4 weeks but 52 weeks.
I also am grateful to have Fifth Third Bank for over 27 years as our Presenting Sponsor. The support and encouragement to grow this event from our Music Sponsor, Cintas and now a host of additional sponsors…AARP, University of Cincinnati, Messer Construction, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Arts Wave, A special thank you to Vernon Turner, graphic designer, Jazz Alive, and Alice Frazier with AFA Associates for their talent and expertise to bring this event together.
I am still excited about the possibilities this concert series has for our City. And it’s people, like yourself who gather on this beautiful and picturesque hillside every Thursday in August in Eden Park to enjoy some of the best free Jazz that the City has to offer that keeps me motivated. I am honored to have the opportunity this year to spend 31 summers listening to Jazz with such a remarkable group of folks, (especially those guys on the back row) who love the music as much as I do. Now grab a bite to eat from backstage area and sit back and enjoy the Cincinnati Jazz scene.
31 Years and the Best is Yet To Come…