11th Annual Township Jazz Festival -- April 21, 2018 -- 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Thanks to everyone who made this our best festival yet! Check out the video below...

Proudly presenting Benny Golson

The Township Jazz Festival is thrilled to welcome one of the great links to the Golden Era of modern jazz!

Raised with an impeccable musical pedigree, Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Few jazz musicians can claim to be true innovators and even fewer can boast of a performing and recording career that literally redefines the term "jazz." Benny Golson has made major contributions to the world of jazz with such jazz standards as:

Killer Joe
I Remember Clifford
Along Came Betty
Whisper Not
Blues March
Five Spot After Dark
Are you Real?

Benny Golson is the only living jazz artist to have written 8 standards for jazz repertoire.

Festival History

Our annual jazz festival begins its second decade this April!

Over the past 10 years, the event has gained a reputation as one of the premier family-friendly music events in the state – and the only music festival in the Jackson metro area dedicated exclusively to jazz!

Our formula is simple: offer a full spectrum of jazz artists (from national recording artists to local up-and-coming professionals and students) in a safe, clean environment, all for the low, low price of FREE! That's right: our festival is free to the public (thanks to the contributions of our wonderful corporate sponsors, like title sponsor Morgan White Group).

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our greatest lineup yet!

11:00 - 11:05 a.m. Welcome by Mayor Gene McGee, Ridgeland
11:05 - 11:30 a.m. Ridgeland High School Jazz Band
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. Southern Miss Jazztet
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. The Vamps
Mississippi's premier soul jazz group, celebrating their 20th anniversary, rocks the festival stage once again
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. The Russell Welch Hot Quartet with Special Guest Aurora Nealand
New Orleans' world class swing and gypsy jazz band
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Astral Project
"New Orleans' greatest contemporary jazz band" (Chicago Tribune) back by popular demand
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. The Benny Golson Quartet
Legendary saxophonist and one of the last surviving links to the Golden Age of modern jazz
6:20 - 7:00 p.m. Southern Komfort
Mississippi's favorite big brass band closes out the festival with our traditional march through the Township to the steps of Fusion Coffeehouse



Festival History

The Jazz Festival is the brainchild of Raphael Semmes (a mainstay in the metro music scene for decades) and Tripp Douglas (owner of Fusion Coffeehouse). After three years of hosting top-notch live jazz sessions at Fusion Coffeehouse, the crowds were easily overwhelming the small venue. So the logical next step was to take it "outside the box."

It took more than two years to get the event off the ground, but the big break came when Kerioth Corp. (developer of The Township at Colony Park) threw their weight behind it. And the event couldn't have happened without the support of the dozens of local sponsors.

The inaugural festival in 2008 was a huge success, with over 1,000 people enjoying jazz in the sun on May 30, 2008.The crowds continued to grow as subsequent festivals featured headliners like Mose Allison, Jason Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Ezra Brown, and Astral Project.

Now in its second decade, the event is known as one of the premier family-friendly spring events in the Jackson metro area.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more details on the Township Jazz Festival and sponsorship opportunities email Tripp Douglas at Fusion Coffeehouse or call (601)-856-6001.