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Tri-C JazzFest

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

On a gorgeous September weekend, Tri-C JazzFest went live from Cain Park – a charming and historic park nestled in Cleveland Heights. With a fresh and diverse lineup, we celebrated the art form we all know and love. 

Without Playhouse Square as an option this year, we searched for an outdoor but covered venue and pushed the dates to later in the summer (Sept. 11-12) to keep our artists and audiences as safe as possible. By the sound of it, the audience was thrilled to be engaged in live jazz performance again.

The layout of Cain Park gave us the opportunity to showcase our outstanding students from the Tri-C JazzFest Academy and host jazz talks with artists, historians and writers between acts.

The 42nd Tri-C JazzFest was made possible by generous support from KeyBank, Strassman Insurance Services, Fran and Jules Belkin, The George Gund Foundation, The Roy Minoff Family Foundation, The William F. Weiss Foundation, The Balogh Brothers, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and U.S. Bank.

Special thanks to Cain Park and the City of Cleveland Heights for partnering with us in this challenging yet inspiring endeavor.

View an accessible version of the JazzFest 2021 Festival Summary.

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"It was eclecticism employed in the service of the continuum of the music. A continuum the dazzling Tri-C [Jazz]Fest both celebrated and joyously expanded. What more could you ask of a jazz festival?" -All About Jazz

"After a 2020 season of virtual performances, the festival returned to an all-star, in-person lineup this year. Ten mainstage acts made up the schedule for the 42nd annual Festival, and if there was a connecting thread through this diverse lineup, it was that artistry always came first." -Cleveland Classical

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