Celebrate Summer with Jam-Packed Tri-C JazzFest Weekend

Music festival runs June 26-28 at PlayhouseSquare

Get ready, Cleveland. A new music festival is coming to town. Celebrating its 35th year, Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland has revamped its format to pack its whole lineup into three summer days –June 26-28 – at PlayhouseSquare. JazzFest added food, too. Oh, and an outdoor stage with hours and hours of free concerts under the sun, moon and stars.

Trombone Shorty 1

Trombone Shorty

Twelve ticketed shows will take place inside PlayhouseSquare, and the free concerts – offered as part of the Cleveland Foundation Days at Tri-C JazzFest – will take place outside on U.S. Bank Plaza. Food trucks will be stationed nearby for snacks between performances.

The ticketed shows feature:

  • The Sean Jones Quartet, plus Cleveland Jazz Orchestra with Christian McBride (double bill)
  • The Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, plus John Scofield Überjam (double bill)
  • Bassist Marcus Miller, plus Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns with Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliott (double bill)
  • Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks
  • The Christian McBride Trio
  • Jamey Haddad Under One Sun
  • Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday Big Band plays the music of Oliver Nelson and Jimmy Smith
  • Vocalist Gregory Porter (All tickets already reserved, thanks to Cleveland Foundation Days at Tri-C JazzFest)
  • Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle with Gerald Clayton, Jaleel Shaw and Zach Brown
  • Singer/pianist Eliane Elias
  • Singer/guitarist Raul Midón

Single tickets still are available through the PlayhouseSquare Box Office at 216-241-6000 or at http://www.playhousesquare.org. Buy tickets to three or more concerts and get 20 percent off. All-festival passes – a $445 value for $270 – are available, too. Visit http://www.tri-cjazzfest.com or call 216-987-4049 for more information.

terri lyne carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington

“With a growing population downtown and so much appetite for new experiences in the city, it’s the perfect time to introduce people to this wonderful musical experience with deep roots in Cleveland,” said JazzFest Director Terri Pontremoli. The free outdoor concerts have been made possible by the Cleveland Foundation. It’s the foundation’s June centennial gift to the community, in celebration of the organization’s 100th birthday. Here is the lineup:


  • 3 p.m.: Tri-C JazzFest Summer Camp Showcase
  • 4 p.m.: Cleveland School of the Arts JazzArts Ensemble
  • 4:45 p.m.: Backstage Politics
  • 5:45 p.m.: Progeny, with stilt walkers, puppets and dancers from Parade The Circle
  • 6:15 p.m.: Alan Greene Blues Band
  • 7:30 p.m.: Second Nature with Dan Wilson
  • 8:45 p.m.: Broccoli Samurai
  • 10:15 p.m.: Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta, with Salsa dancing on outdoor floor


  • 3 p.m.: Lafayette Carthon & Faith
  • 4:15 p.m.: Bethesda
  • 5:15 p.m.: and 6:30 p.m.: Samba Joia
  • 5:30 p.m.: Horns & Things
  • 6:30 p.m.: Samba Joia
  • 6:45 p.m.: Blu Monsoon
  • 8 p.m.: Dominick Farinacci
  • 9:15 p.m.: Red Light Roxy, with Swing dancing on outdoor floor and lessons from Get Hep Swing
  • 10:15 p.m.: Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites

This is the 35th consecutive year that Cuyahoga Community College has presented the festival, which has traditionally been held in April. Dr. Thom Horning and Reginald Bruckner founded JazzFest with the intention of fostering the history and nurturing the future of jazz; providing educational opportunities; and bringing world-class jazz to Cleveland.

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is made possible through support from Cuyahoga Community College, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a growing list of sponsors and friends.

Special thanks to the Cleveland Foundation for its gift of free music outdoors and the Gregory Porter concert, and to KeyBank for its support of Marcus Miller/Dave Koz Summer Horns concert.