The VIPP Report: Derby City Jazz Festival

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Renowned artists like Marion Meadows, Tim Cunningham and the Urban Jazz Coalition will all perform in Louisville on July 1st and 2nd at Fourth Street Live, 411 South 4th Street.

The inaugural two-day festival will be added to the event calendar for years to come as they celebrate jazz and it’s rich history in Louisville by bringing in unforgettable performances and distinctive experiences.

Jazz was originated in New Orleans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The unique blend of African and slave folk songs received its influence from classical music.  It was their way of interpretation of American and European culture.  Jazz’s main influence came from hymns in the church. The harmonic style is known today by many as spirituals.

Max Maxwell, CEO of the Derby City Jazz Festival says “Louisville is a place filled with soul, culture and creativity, and we have a great legacy. Our Festival – what will be the areas signature smooth jazz festival – truly showcases what makes our city special.”  Maxwell goes on to say it’s exciting to see this idea flourish into a festival that everyone will be proud or for years to come.

Fourth Street Live is encouraging jazz lovers to come out and witness another great event that will give the Derby City a thumbs up as a destination for Smooth Jazz.

To be a part of the “Street Take Over” tickets range from $55 to $100.  You must be 21 and over to attend the festival.  There will be local and regional acts throughout the day along with food and retail vendors.  Concerts begin on both days at 6:00 p.m..   For additional information go to

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 Derby City Jazz Festival

Friday, July 1st lineup: Tim Cunningham, Cindy Bradley, Chris Strandring, Marcus Johnson, Urban Jazz Coalition and Marion Meadows

Saturday, July 2nd lineup: Fo Mo Deep, Conya Ross, Jeff Lorber /Brian Bromberg, Jeff Bradshaw and Mike Phillips





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