Music: It's Commonly Jazz with William Menefield

It's Commonly Jazz is not only one of the best and longest running free Jazz concert series in the region; it's also one of the "greenest" music events in the Midwest. The series — which, in its 25-year-history, has showcased superstars and legends like

It’s Commonly Jazz is not only one of the best and longest running free Jazz concert series in the region; it's also one of the “greenest” music events in the Midwest. The series — which, in its 25-year-history, has showcased superstars and legends like McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Eddie Harris and David “Fathead” Newman — features numerous eco-friendly aspects: programs are on recyclable paper, T-shirts are made with organic material and soy-based ink, water bottles are available to refill (and bring back weekly), bussing and carpooling are encouraged and, during intermission, fans can learn other ways to “live green.” Al Gore would be proud. The sustainable approach is hopefully something that catches on with other festival promoters locally. The musical lineup, as usual, is strong enough to make other Jazz series green with envy.

This week, gifted pianist William Menefield performs a homecoming show with his trio. Menefield was a local Jazz w

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