Jazzanooga Adds JazzReach To April Lineup

A Jazz Concert For Children And Families

Monday, February 24, 2014
JazzReach Metta Quintet
JazzReach Metta Quintet

Jazzanooga, Chattanooga’s Jazz Festival, announced  Monday that NYC based JazzReach and the Metta Quintet have been added to the April lineup. Jazzanooga draws fans from across the region for a month of "excellent, intimate performances, educational opportunities and good times." The full schedule is available at www.jazzanooga.org.  

The JazzReach concert is especially for children and families, and introduces young audiences to the world of Jazz. The performance will take place at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, a Jazzanooga community partner, on April 11 at 6 p.m.  Tickets are on sale ($10 adults and $5 children) now and available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazzanooga-presents-jazzreach-featuring-metta-quintet-tickets-10564299103

JazzReach presents an interactive performance. JazzREACH Metta Quintet performs live multi-media educational programs that are immersive and interactive, and are as entertaining as they are informative, said officials. Performances engage audiences of all ages in an analysis of: cultural factors that have come together to make jazz a compelling art form; social conditions that shaped the music's development; and, the impact jazz has had on the sound and evolution of indigenous American music.

“Chattanooga is known for showcasing many musical art forms and this year Jazzanooga is taking their annual celebration of jazz to a higher level," said Carmen Davis of CJD Entertainment.  "Jazz is such a triumphant music recognized around the world for its rich heritage rooted in African American culture. I am thrilled to work with Jazzanooga to present the next generation of jazz artists who are building from that solid foundation."

Jazzanooga 2014 features a lineup of jazz performers including recent Grammy winners Lalah Hathaway and Gregory Porter. But, the joy of Jazzanooga is in celebrating Chattanooga’s local music scene, said officials. The festival serves as a platform for local musicians, artists and creatives to share their talents with Chattanooga. An aspect of this year’s festival is the Big Nine Jazz Series, a week of jazz education, visual art and local music at various MLK Boulevard venues. The Big Nine Jazz Series culminates in a full day of family friendly music activities on April 26.

Jazzanooga, started in 2010 as a one-day community festival and has grown to a month-long celebration that honors and promotes Chattanooga’s jazz heritage. The festival is supported by the Benwood Foundation and the Lyndhurst Foundation. Event sponsorship opportunities are available. For a full schedule and ticketing information, visit www.jazzanooga.org.

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