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Six Jazz Clubs Host East Coast Jazz Festival on March 20

Frank Hammel • News • March 8, 2021

Six jazz clubs on the East Coast have banded together for the first multi-city East Coast Jazz Festival, which will take place online on Saturday, March 20 from 5 to 11 p.m. The pay-what-you-wish event will feature more than 80 performers playing over a six-hour span of time.

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The proprietors of Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Smalls and Birdland in New York, Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia, Keystone Korner in Baltimore and Blues Alley in Washington, DC began planning this all-virtual jazz fest at the start of 2021, and the music will flow live with some pre-recorded sessions mixed in from six different stages, and will showcase the talents of more than 80 of the most renowned and respected jazz talents of our time.

“Our music can be an indispensable spiritual life raft for our turbulent times when we need more sharing and caring than ever. May this important ECJF collaboration be just the beginning of an ever-growing process and practice of teamwork to make the dream work.” – Todd Barkan, NEA Jazz Master / Keystone Korner Baltimore

Todd Barkan is featured on Facebook’s Alternative Venues For Jazz today, Monday, March 8th at 5:00pm EDT. To listen, click here.


Chris’ Jazz Cafe

6pm – Bassist Alex Claffy & his Quartet, featuring saxophonist/vocalist Sonny Step

8pm has – The New Ari Hoenig Trio with pianist Gadi Lehavi & bassist Ben Tiberio

10pm – Pianist Orrin Evans Quartet, with bassist Luques Curtis & drummer Mark Whitfield Jr, featuring special guest saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins


5 p.m. – Nicole Glover Trio

7 p.m. – Warren Wolf Quartet

9 p.m. – Mike Ledonne Quartet feat. Vincent Herring

Blues Alley

6 p.m. – Miki Yamanaka

8 p.m. – Eri Yamamoto

10 p.m. – Yoko Miwa

Scullers Jazz Club

6 p.m. Christian Sands

8 p.m. Keyon Harrold

10 p.m. Tia Fuller

Keystone Korner Baltimore

5 p.m. – Obasi Akoto Oceanic Jazz Orchestra/ Jean Carn & Company

7 p.m. – Cyrus Chestnut & Affirmation with Tim Green, Obasi Akoto & Eric Kennedy

9 p.m. – Big Chief Donald Harrison with Warren Wolf, Kris Funn, Alex Brown, John Lamkin III

Birdland Jazz Club

5 p.m. – David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band / Ken Peplowski & Rossano Sportiello Duo

7 p.m. – Ben Allison, Ted Nash, & Steve Cardeans Play The Music of Jimmy Giuffre & Jim Hall / Champian Fulton Quartet “Bird Song” A Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration

9 p.m. – Houston Person Quartet / Veronica Swift with The Emmet Cohen Trio

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