Local jazz fans will be getting their groove on this weekend at the 2011 Iowa City Jazz Festival on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.
The festival will feature a culinary row that will be open 3–10 p.m., Friday, July 1; 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday, July 2; and 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Sunday, July 3. The FUN Zone will offer free and paid activities for children of all ages, 4–9 p.m., Friday, July 1, and noon–9 p.m., Saturday–Sunday, July 2–3.
- July 1: Carmen Bradford with the Iowa Jazz All Stars. Bradford grew up with music in her home; the third-generation musician was discovered and hired by Count Basie. She was the featured vocalist in his legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years. She has since performed and recorded with the who’s who of the jazz world on her way to performing on a multitude of Grammy Award-winning albums.
- July 2: The Josh Roseman Unit. A progressive funk, electro, and jazz extravaganza, the Josh Roseman Unit explores hip-hop, jazz fusion, and future-funk throughout their studio work and extensive touring. Having headlined festivals across Europe, the Josh Roseman Unit is recognized as a “Top 3 Rising Star Electric Band” by DownBeat International Critics’ Poll.
- July 3: The Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet and Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio. Drawing inspirations as diverse as Bjork and Chopin, Akinmusire has tethered audiences to his concepts and his sound through performances with Lonnie Plaxico, Esperanza Spalding, and Herbie Hancock. After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, Weston remains one of the world’s foremost pianists and composers today. Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global creations musically continue to inform and inspire.
Visit www.summerofthearts.org/festival-menu/jazz-festival/schedule.aspx for the rest of the weekend’s schedule and more details.
The Iowa City Jazz Festival was born 20 years ago, originally christened the Washington Street Jazz Festival because of its original location. (It was renamed the Iowa City Jazz Festival the following year.) The festival was held on July 4 each of its first four years; in 1995, it expanded to July 3 to accommodate the festival’s growing audience.