2016 Tri-C JazzFest to Open With ‘Big Birthday Bash’ Honoring Tommy LiPuma
January 28, 2016
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Show will feature performances by Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Dr. John and Leon Russell
Say “Happy Birthday!” to legendary music producer Tommy LiPuma as he and some of his best and most accomplished musical friends kick off the 37th annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland.
Tommy LiPuma’s Big Birthday Bash will feature performances by Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Dr. John and Leon Russell. The special concert – which celebrates LiPuma’s 80th birthday – begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, in the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square.
Tri-C JazzFest, presented by KeyBank, runs June 23-25 at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.
“Tommy LiPuma has produced some of the finest music ever recorded,” said Terri Pontremoli, director of JazzFest. “Honoring his birthday with this unique gathering of stars is the perfect way to get this year’s JazzFest underway.”
LiPuma, a Cleveland native, is one of the most successful pop and jazz producers of all time. His work with legendary artists – including the musicians honoring him at JazzFest – has earned LiPuma 36 Grammy nominations and five Grammy Awards.
He also is the namesake of the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for the Creative Arts at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), which recognizes his support of the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, the College and its students.
This year’s Tri-C JazzFest features nine ticketed concerts in the historic theater venues of Playhouse Square as well as free performances by local talent on an outdoor stage on U.S. Bank Plaza.
The full festival lineup of ticketed shows will be announced at a special event Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights. Festival passes will go on sale Thursday, Feb. 4.
For $250, festival pass holders get prime seating at all nine ticketed shows, including the LiPuma Big Birthday Bash, while earning invitations to VIP parties. Deluxe pass holders also earn a 20 percent discount on additional single tickets and merchandise.
Individual tickets for the Big Birthday Bash and other shows will be available at a later date. Purchasing a festival pass can save concertgoers up to $150 compared to individual ticket sales.
For more information on ticketing or the shows, call 216-640-8800 or visit JazzFest.
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, Strassman Insurance Services Inc. and a growing list of donors and vendors.