Elkhart Jazz Festival
Elkhart Jazz Festival 25 Years And Counting
The Elkhart Jazz Festival celebrated 25 years in 2012, and is back in 2013 for four days of enjoyment. The musicians and fans filled this festival with playing and enjoying jazz music.
Last year, six stages hosted musical performances during the festival. There was food, too. And other events for Patron and VIP festival-goers, like a cruise on the river, a special jazz art exhibit, and access to the hospitality room where the musicians gathered when not on stage.
For many of the jazz musicians, this is a special event, too. Many have come for most of the Elkhart Jazz Festival's years, and made friends among their fellow artists. This festival draws jazz lovers from all over the country.
Headliners for the 2013 Jazz Festival include Wynton Marsalis and his 15-piece band, and jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli.
Collage photos by kimbesa
First Visit to the Elkhart Jazz Festival
Music Inside and Outside
I've heard other people talk about the Jazz Festival for years, but never had the opportunity to visit. Until last year. I'm looking forward to the next one!
What impressed me most is how much there is to hear! I don't know much about jazz, but I like live music. Event organizers anticipated 15,000 visitors over three days this year. And it looks like the festival brought in a lot of jazz fans. By Saturday night, events were standing room only.
The music is categorized into Big Band, Contemporary, Gypsy Swing, Swing, Blues, Dixieland, Smooth Jazz, Classic, Gospel and Latin Jazz. Something for everyone. I never knew jazz had this many flavors.
And I got to attend my first concert in the beautiful Lerner Theater, a gorgeous place for any kind of live stage performance.
Besides the panorama of musical styles in this festival, one of the things that impressed me most was the efforts being made to get young musicians involved in jazz. Three high school groups performed, all involving professional jazz musicians that were also performing in the festival. There were music clinics. And, the performers made themselves available to these aspiring jazz artists after their sets.
This was a relaxed and enjoyable festival. To anyone who loves good music, make plans to visit the Elkhart Jazz Festival!.
Concord HS Jazz Band at the Lerner
Jazz 101 - An Introduction For Newbies - Audio Book Format
An introduction to a truly American musical art...No music, just the book read so you can listen and absorb.
Are You a Jazz Lover? - Do You Follow Particular Styles?
Do You Like Jazz Music?
Catch The Jazz Festival on Youtube - The Flavor of Festivals Past
Paxton Manly at Civic Plaza Stage
What the jazz lovers say...
Just looking at the crowd, you can tell there are lots of returning visitors to the Elkhart Jazz Festival. Some have their programs marked, planning which groups they will hear when. Others just settle in for a day of live musical entertainment.
According to the sponsors, people come to the festival from all over the country, with 2/3 traveling from outside the local area.
- "Awesome to be out here"
- "Nothing quite as American or exciting as jazz"
- "Fun by yourself, or with family and friends"
- "So enjoyable, make it an annual event on your list of music festivals to visit"
- "Elkhart should be proud"
Cornbread Jazz on the Plaza
What the musicians say...
From first-time appearances, to musicians who have been at almost all the festivals over 25 years, many keep coming back. Elkhart has something that they don't always see in bigger cities.
- "It's a world-class festival"
- "People around you are appreciative of the music"
- "It has a great vibe"
- "It's a welcoming environment and the people really know a lot about music"
Elkhart Jazz Festival
June 20-22, 2014
Three days of wonderful jazz!
~ Mark Your Calendar ~
Wynton Marsalis Headlined The 2013 Elkhart Jazz Festival
For your listening pleasure, and to get ready for Marsalis live and in person!
Connect With The Elkhart Jazz Festival
- Elkhart Jazz Festival Official Website
Bookmark this link to keep in touch with the Jazz festival all year long.
- The Lerner Theater Is Jazz Festival Headquarters
Two of the six jazz festival concert halls were in the Lerner.. Check this site for tickets to the 2013 festival.
- Elkhart Truth Coverage of the Jazz Festival
Background story, in the run up to the 25th annual event. The festival has weathered some tough times, and coming back strong.