Crown Jewels of Jazz Festival Begins Today

Multi-act, multi-venue Jazz fest brings in big names, showcases local talent

click to enlarge Pieces of a Dream
Pieces of a Dream

The ambitious Crown Jewels of Jazz Heritage Festival kicks off today with a special concert in Washington Park featuring Philly Jazz/Funk/R&B squad PIeces of a Dream and local faves Marc Fields and Airwave. The expanded festival and new format this year is the work of Kathy Wade and friends, who run the Learning Through Art non-profit.

The Jazz Heritage Fest isn't a one-stop event. Besides Washington Park, numerous retailers, bars and restaurants in Over-the-Rhine and Mount Adams (across seven street blocks) will be a part of the fest's "Global Village." These venues will feature live Jazz each night of the fest and offer 20% discounts on their goods and services. It's a great way to get people to explore the thriving neighborhoods.

•    Another Part of The Forest
•    Below Zero Lounge
•    Iris
•    Urban Eden
•    Japp’s
•    Mayberry
•    Mr.Pitiful’s
•    Neons
•    Pet Wants
•    Switch
•    Segway
•    Symphony Hotel
•    Taste of Belgium
•    Zula
•    Art Beyond Boundaries
•    Couture Couture Boutique
•    Park and Vine
•    Little Mahatma
•    Venice On Vine
•    Clay Street Press
•    Street Pops
•    Atomic Number 10
•    Ensemble Theater
•    The Know Theater
•    Elementz
•    Mt. Adams Bar and Grill
•    The Blind Lemon
•    The Grotto
•    Longworth’s

Tomorrow (Thursday), Crown Jewels joins forces with the It's Commonly Jazz series in Eden Park's Seasongood Pavilion. Great vocalist Gregory Porter will perform at 6 p.m.

On Friday in Washington Park, Phil DeGreg's Samba Connection will be joined by singer Mandy Gaines and The Cincy Brass are also set to perform.

Saturday, the fest wraps up with headliner Diane Schuur, as well as Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and Kathy Wade.

Single-day wristbands are available for $15 or you can purchase one good for all four days for just $40. There are also limited edition VIP wristbands which will get you into four "Meet the Artists Receptions" after each of the big four concerts. Proceeds benefit Learning Through Arts' Books Alive! For Kids, a performing arts/literacy program.

Wristbands for Books Alive! are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office and online at learningthroughart.com here.

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