Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Donald Harrison Quintet to Headline the 46th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 10:55 AM

  • Courtesy of Jim Wadsworth Productions
Founded by retired professor and music department Chair Charles M. Frank, Lakeland's Jazz Festival has been going strong for 46 years now.

Over the decades, some 30,000 middle and high school musicians from throughout the state have participated in the festival.

Organizers have just announced the details for this year’s festival, which takes place from March 16 to 18 at Lakeland Community College’s Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center (D-Building).

The Donald Harrison Quintet [pictured] will headline the event. The New Orleans-based Harrison is the originator of the Nouveau Swing; his group performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 16.

Middle and high school performances will take place during the day on Saturday, March 17. That evening, music professors will perform as part of Madd for Tadd, an event celebrating the birthday of Cleveland composer Tadd Dameron.

The event will conclude at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, with a Big Band Matinee featuring the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Quintet. Ticket prices vary. Consult the website for more details.

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