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John Coltrane International Jazz And Blues Festival Preps For 9th Edition

Jazzed Magazine • News • July 25, 2019

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The 9th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival will bring an array of superstars and Grammy-Award-winning artists whose music ranges from contemporary and mainstream jazz, to authentic salsa and bona fide blues. The festival will be held from August 31 to September 1 in Oak Hollow Festival Park, High Point, North Carolina.

The lineup for Saturday includes contemporary jazz and multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson, saxophonist and jazz elder statesman Benny Golson joined by five-time Grammy nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon, the indomitable Spanish Harlem Orchestra, who has won three Grammy Awards in their 15-year career, and Lisa Fischer, the two-time Grammy Award winning vocalist with astounding music capabilities. Laurin Talese, the winner of the 2018 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition will also perform with the N.C. Coltrane All-Star Band, led by Mondre Moffett, director of the jazz ensemble and Black Music Studies at North Carolina A&T State University.

On Sunday, the lineup includes multi-platinum selling contemporary jazz saxophonist Boney James who is a four-time Grammy Award nominee. He joins the duo of legendary status-organist Joey DeFrancesco performing with saxophonist Pharoah Sanders as headliners for the day. Guitar master Eric Gales will represent the blues with guest appearance by up and coming artist Castro “Mr. Sipp” Coleman, aka “The Mississippi Blues Child.” Vocalist Michelle Coltrane performing with the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra and special guest, High Point born trumpeter, Jason Palmer round out the lineup for the festival’s second day.

The yearly celebration of jazz and blues music honors Coltrane, a High Point native son, who graduated from William Penn High School, now Penn Griffin School of the Arts.

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