Eighteen exciting acts promise to keep the music pumping from
the Strassman Insurance Stage on Euclid Avenue at East 14th
Street. The free outdoor performances run 3 p.m. to midnight
June 28-29 when Tri-C JazzFest overtakes Playhouse Square.
A jury of music industry professionals vetted more than 100
bands while putting together the lineup. The chosen bands
represent a variety of genres, including jazz, funk, blues,
reggae and swamp pop.
“We love this component of the festival because it showcases the
incredible talent here in Northeast Ohio,” said Terri
Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest. “These artists bring
a true passion and love of music to the stage.”
Look for the following acts, listed by day of performance. A
full schedule with performance times will be posted at
www.tri-cjazzfest.com closer to the event. Schedule subject
Friday, June 28
Dan Bruce’s :beta collective:
This modern jazz ensemble led by guitarist/composer Dan Bruce
performs original compositions with a flair for musical
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (CJO):
For 35 years, CJO has been one of Northeast Ohio’s premier
jazz orchestras with outstanding arrangers, writers and
The Mike Cady Experience:
Vocalist Cady is joined by Cleveland legend Eddie Baccus,
Sr., Perry Williams III, Bobby Curry and Cecil Rucker for a
down-home swingin’ set.
The Airmen of Note:
This premier U.S. Air Force
big band features 18 active-duty musicians from across the
nation. The group’s tradition dates to 1950.
Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys:
Vocalist Rachel Brown and the group consistently wow
audiences with powerful imagery and strong musical stylings.
Dave McMurray Trio:
Best known as a tenor
saxophonist, Detroit native McMurray has played with the likes
of Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and Gladys Knight, to name a few.
Collin Miller & the Brother Nature:
This neo-soul and funk group delivers high-energy
performances full of booming horns, keen vocal harmonies and
The Armstrong Bearcat Band:
Led by guitarist Butch Armstrong, this local band is
celebrating its 30th year of hard-driving,
Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band:
Jones and his eight-piece band deliver authentic roots reggae
with occasional turns into lighthearted soca and calypso
Saturday, June 29
Tri-C JazzFest Academy Summer Camp:
Students from the JazzFest summer camp show off what they’ve
learned over two weeks of intensive training.
Cats On Holiday:
This swamp pop band led by Denis DeVito has been pleasing
audiences for 25 years with a blend of Louisiana-inspired
Charm The Guard:
This pop/alternative band of Northeast Ohio teens jammed
their way into the semifinals of the 2019 Tri-C High School
Red Light Roxy:
Long a favorite in the regional swing dance scene, this group
plays a mix of standards, jump blues, swing, Latin jazz,
boogie-woogie and more.
Bobby Selvaggio Quartet:
Alto saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio’s high-energy group features
pianist Theron Brown, bassist Paul Thompson and drummer Zaire
Nathan-Paul & The Admirables:
This band embarks on performances full of bold earth tones,
dynamic twists and hypnotic grooves.
Spoken-word poet Orlando Watson’s soulful baritone voice
weaves through words accompanied by acoustic and digital
Herb Wilborn Jr. Band:
This six-piece contemporary/smooth jazz group conjures
comparisons to artists such as Dave Koz, David Sanborn and
Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta:
Percussionist Sammy DeLeon — recipient of the 2016 Cleveland
Jazz Legends Award — has performed with some of the world’s
greatest Latin musicians and always rocks the stage.
The free performances on the outdoor stage are made possible
with support from the George Gund Foundation and Strassman
A happy hour with discounted drinks starts on the plaza at 5
p.m. Friday, June 28. The night will also feature street
performers, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle
puppets and line dancing.
Other free outdoor activities at the festival include the U.S.
Bank Kids Club; cooking demonstrations; food trucks and vendors;
games; the Chemical Bank Jazz Talk Tent with artist interviews;
and a Saturday morning yoga session.
JazzFest also features nine ticketed concerts in Playhouse
Square’s historic theaters. Headliners for the shows include
Tower of Power, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Dianne Reeves,
Christian McBride, Regina Carter and more.
Tickets are available through the Playhouse Square Box Office at
www.playhousesquare.org or 216-241-6000. For a complete
indoor lineup, show times and costs, visit
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made
possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the National Endowment
for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and a growing list of donors and