A Broadway Opening for 2018 Tri-C JazzFest
Festival kicks off with Tony Award winners Leslie Odom Jr. and Dee Dee Bridgewater
The stage belongs to a pair of Tony Award winners when Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) raises the curtain on the 39th annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank.
The opening night concert features Leslie Odom Jr. with special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater —two Broadway stars who are also luminaries in the jazz world. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the KeyBank State Theatre at Playhouse Square.
All-female big band DIVA will provide a power-packed start to the night’s event with a performance mixing traditional sound with progressive verve.
“Globally, jazz and Broadway are the cultural identity of America, and we’ll celebrate that in grand style on opening night,” said Terri Pontremoli, director of JazzFest. “Both Dee Dee and Leslie are consummate storytellers who will engage and excite the audience.”
Odom earned a 2016 Tony Award for his role as Aaron Burr in the blockbuster Broadway hit musical Hamilton. As a singer, his debut solo album — the self-titled Leslie Odom Jr. — climbed to the top of the jazz charts following its June 2016 release.
Bridgewater stands as a jazz giant after a four-decade career that includes three Grammy Awards. Her talent carried over to theater, too, where she won a 1975 Tony Award for her role as Glinda in The Wiz — one of her many on-stage credits.
The 2018 Tri-C JazzFest runs June 28-30 at downtown Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. This year’s festival includes eight ticketed concerts in the theater district’s historic venues plus free outdoor performances by local and regional musicians.
The full festival lineup of ticketed shows will be announced at a special event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights.
Festival passes will go on sale Friday, Jan. 26, at a cost of $250. Pass holders receive prime seating at all eight ticketed shows plus invitations to VIP parties and 20 percent discounts on purchases of additional single tickets and festival merchandise.
Individual tickets for opening night 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 the online home of 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.
January 19, 2018
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