Founded in 1980 by Dr. Thom Horning and Reginald Buckner, Tri-C JazzFest stays true to its mission to:
- Foster the history and nurture the future of jazz
- Provide educational opportunities for students of all ages and in all walks of life
- Bring world-class jazz to Cleveland
Today, Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is a three-day summer music festival that takes place in the theaters of PlayhouseSquare and outdoors on U.S. Bank Plaza. It's also an educational festival that connects students of all ages with local and international jazz artists. The inclusion of students and teachers ensures the future of the art form in Northeast Ohio. Outreach programming provides free cultural access to Cleveland’s underserved population.