The VIPP Report: Jazz fans can sit under the “twin spires” and listen to some great music this weekend


This weekend jazz will fill the air under the historic “twin spires” at Churchill Downs.  The 2nd Annual Derby City Jazz Festival will delight jazz enthusiast and novice alike because of the buffet of talent headed to the city.

This year’s lineup is stellar with some very familiar names in the jazz industry. Saxophonist and contemporary jazz artist Marion Meadows is on the schedule to perform Friday night. He’s worked with artists like The Temptations, Michael Bolton, the late Eartha Kitt and Brook Benton just to name a few.

Also, performing this weekend is Kayla Waters.  She’s considered a smooth jazz artist whose a pianist and sings during her performances. She’s opened for artists like Patrice Rushen, Stevie Wonder and Maysa.

Maysa is on the Derby City Jazz Festival schedule.  She will be in concert on Saturday.  If you’ve never heard of the artist.  She was originally with the British group Incognito.  This jazz-influenced R & B singer has dynamic vocals and she’s one of the must see artists when attending the festival.

So, see just with the several artists I’ve mentioned all of them have a different vibe.  You should find someone over the two days that you will simply love.  So, go out and experience the flavor of the Derby City Jazz Festival.  Gates will open at 2:00 pm. Entertainment begins on both days at 4:00 pm and will end around 12:00 am.  The concert will be held in the Paddock Area on the Plaza Stage which organizers says creates the perfect back drop.  Don’t forget to bring your own seating for the summer sun and then evening moonlight with fantastic music.

Here’s Friday’s lineup:

  • Benny J and Friends with special guest Bamm Davis
  • Urban Jazz Coalition featuring Adria Shahid
  • Lad Tizer and Karen Briggs
  • Althea Rene’ featuring Ariel O’Neal
  • Marion Meadows
  • Marcus Johnson
  • Jam Session: Chris Miskel Band


Saturday’s lineup:

  • Benny J and Friends with special guest Bamm Davis
  • Kayla Waters
  • Matt Marshak
  • Bob Baldwin with Urban Jazz Coalition
  • Maysa
  • Mike Phillips
  • Nick Colionne


Tickets start at $50 for general admission.  To purchase tickets go to  Follow Sherlene Shanklin on Twitter @sherlenemediapr and Facebook at @SherleneShanklinMediaPRPro for event announcements, ticket giveaways and breaking news.




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