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Valerie Simpson headlines Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Fest

by Cass Teague

Valerie Simpson

Blues, Jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop come together in Nashville with national and local artists showcasing the rich musical history of Music City for the 19th annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival. A special performance from Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson, the iconic songwriting duo, will be the main event on Saturday evening, June 15.

The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) will kick off the 19th annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival (JJBF) weekend with a Bridging the Gap Mixer: SoBro Block Party. It will be held between 5th Ave S. and Demonbreun (Omni Hotel area) on Friday, June 14. The Jazz & Blues Festival itself will return to the Bicentennial Mall & State Park on Saturday, June 15th.

Friday’s “Bridging the Gap: SoBro Block Party” Mixer will feature a performance from the legendary Chubb Rock, along with local favorites Bizz & Everyday People and Louis York. Saturday’s line-up for the 19th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival features Jazz, Blues and R&B acts from local legends like Herchel Bailey and Stacy Mitchhart, along with national artist Mike Phillips and Valerie Simpson.

Bizz & Everyday People

“J.U.M.P. is excited to provide an upbeat sound to the Music City atmosphere on Father’s Day weekend. Nashville may be known for Country music, but or rich history includes several genres of soul-filled sounds that lived in many night clubs along Jefferson Street,” said Sharon W. Hurt, president and CEO of J.U.M.P.. “Having The Jazz & Blues Festival in and around downtown, along with the north Nashville area, showcases the many facets of Nashville’s music scene and we are glad to be a part of it.”

The schedule of events for Friday, June 14 downtown:
· 4-7:00 p.m. Happy Hour (2-4-1 Specials)
· 6:15 p.m. Weirdo Workshop’s Louis York
· 7:00 p.m. Will Davenport
· 8:00 p.m. Bizz & Everyday People
· 9:00 p.m. Chubb Rock

The schedule of events for Saturday, June 15 at Bicentennial Mall:
· 12-3:00 p.m. Free Children’s Pavilion
· 3:00 p.m. Gates Open
· 5:00 p.m. Herschel Bailey
· 6:00 p.m. Nashville Jazz Workshop Ensemble
· 7:00 p.m. Stacy Mitchhart
· 8:00 p.m. Mike Phillips
· 9:00 p.m. Valerie Simpson

Created in 2001, the annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival (JJBF) showcases the rich musical history of Jefferson Street and brings the community together to experience Blues, Jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop…genres that have deep roots in Music City. In its 19th year, JJBF has hosted nationally recognized artists and featured top-local talent to celebrate Nashville’s rich musical legacy. For more information, or to purchase tickets for any of the events visit, www.nashvillejazzandbluesfest.com.

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