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Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival returns July 22nd and 23rd   

by Cass Teague
The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston

The 22nd Annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival will showcase the rich music history of Nashville’s Jefferson Street neighborhood through the sounds of jazz, blues, funk, gospel, soul, and R&B. This annual event brings community members together to celebrate arts, music and food culture – featuring local and national jazz and blues artists and food and retail vendors from the North Nashville community.

The list of performers this year includes headliner Bubby Rush at 9 PM, preceded by Mike Phillips at 8 PM, The Manhattans at 7 PM, and Higher Ground at 6 PM, with other acts opening the Fest on Saturday, July 23. Doors open at 4 PM and performances begin at 5 PM. Once again the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival will be hosted at Fisk University, 1000 – 17th Ave. North on Saturday. The Artist Meet and Greet kicks off on Friday, July 22nd.

Mike Phillips

This tradition has taken place since 2001. Past headliners have included (among others) the following: 2019 – Chubb Rock and Valerie Simpson; 2018 – The S.O.S. Band; 2017 – Rose Royce and Shirley Murdock; 2016 – Lakeside Band and Midnight Star; 2015 – Angela Winbush and Phil Perry; 2014 – Denise LaSalle; and 2013 – Freddie Jackson.

With thousands of attendees each year, the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival builds cultural awareness, attracts diversity, and commemorates the historic Jefferson Street Corridor through the sounds of jazz, blues, funk, gospel, soul, and R&B. Not just a music festival, this event pays homage to the historic treasures and challenges that make the Jefferson Street community a unique and vital part of Nashville.

For more information about the festival, learn more at: www.nashvillejazzandbluesfest.com or visit JJBF on Facebook, or @JeffersonStreetJazzandBluesFestival. The 22nd Annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival tickets are available now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jefferson-street-jazz-blues-festival-2022-tickets-311192584397.

Bobby Rush

Proceeds from this Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival weekend of fun support the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.), an organization committed to developing and promoting cooperative economic development, revitalization, education, and public safety programs in North Nashville.

In 1994 a group of concerned citizens — homeowners, business owners, longtime residents, and developers with new construction in mind — met to create a framework for advancing Jefferson Street. They talked about the past. They talked about the future. They remembered things that had gone wrong. They pointed out things that had gone right. They had ideas for the future. Ideas that would make the Jefferson Street Corridor a bustling business, university, and hospital center, and the kind of neighborhood where you really know your neighbors, eat in their restaurants and buy in their stores.

The result of their vision of progress was J.U.M.P. — a non-profit organization whose mission is as follows: “To develop, foster and promote cooperative economic development through revitalization, acquisition, education and public safety programs in North Nashville.” More than 200 individuals and organizations make up J.U.M.P.’s active membership under the common goal of keeping Jefferson Street alive and thriving. For more information visit www.jumptojefferson.com visit J.U.M.P. on Facebook @JUMPNashville.

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