COME VISIT MY BOOTH (JULIA’S SPIRIT) AT THE 2ND ANNUAL HOOPCITY JAZZ & ART FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY JULY 5TH, AND SUNDAY JULY6TH,
AT RIVERFRONT PARK, W. COLUMBUS AVE/SPRINGFIELD, MA
JUST LOOK FOR THE WOMAN GROOVING TO THE SMOOTH SOUNDS OF JAZZ, & SELLING DECORATIVE TILES IN CELEBRATION OF THE MYSTICAL FEMALE BODY.
Former New Havener and Hoop City Jazz Festival President John G. Osborn invites his friends
from far and wide to sample the cultural and music delights of the upcoming Hoop City
Jazz and Arts Festival:
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE HOOP CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL GO TO:http://www.hoopcityjazz.org
The 2nd Annual Hoop City Jazz & Art Festival
July 5th and 6th, 2008
The 2nd Annual Hoop City Jazz & Art Festival will (again) be held at Springfield’s accessible Riverfront Park on the scenic Connecticut River, Saturday July 5th & Sunday 6th. There will be free parking, a shuttle service, clean and safe sanitation facilities, assistance for the physically-challenged, ample security, an art exhibit, vendors, great food, and lots to see and do. In other words, all of the amenities you would expect at a world-class jazz festival. And with our increased emphasis on regional promotion, we expect 8,000+ attendees over the two days of this year’s event.
Musically, we have shifted our paradigm. Instead of following others, we are now working diligently to distinguish the Hoop City Jazz & Art Festival as New England’s fastest-growing, “cutting-edge” jazz venue. Returning to the roots of early jazz festivals, our new focus will be on introducing fans to the best and most exciting new jazz talents, as well as presenting some of the established notables of the genre. This year’s festival will feature:
The Saturday Night Jazz Party
The Saturday Night Jazz Party will be a presentation of outstanding contemporary jazz performances by five very accomplished, high-energy, up-and-coming groups that have established themselves as “crowd-pleasers” at venues outside of the Springfield market. Saturday’s line-up will feature the exciting vibraphonist Jason “Mallettman” Taylor, the very funky Plunky & Oneness, smooth jazz newcomer Ragan Whiteside and a VERY SPECIAL surprise performer, all headlined by “The Saxtress” herself, Pamela Williams.
Sunday’s “Seeds of Greatness”
Sunday’s performances will be more traditional, highlighted by the son of an American icon that is very accomplished in his own right; James Torme, son of the late crooner Mel Torme aka The Silver Fog. Added to the lineup will be locals Ethel Lee and jazzman extraordinaire Avery Sharpe, who recently performed his original compositions with Kevin Eubanks (bandleader for the Tonight Show w/Jay Leno) and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Performances will begin at 3 PM on Saturday and at 2 PM on Sunday. We eagerly look forward to seeing old friends from last year…and making new one’s in 2008. As we like to say: “Come Early, Stay Late and Leave Exhausted!”
ADMISSION IS FREE !
WHO WE ARE
In Short, Hoop City Jazz, Inc. is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization comprised of professional men and women that happen to be jazz music enthusiast and whose backgrounds are ideally suited to the work of the organization. We have pledged our time, talents and resources to keeping the music alive here in Springfield, Massachusetts.
To produce a world-class jazz festival that celebrates our diversity and enlivens the cultural and economic vitality of Springfield, while creating stewardship for the music in youth through exposure and support of music education.
Our Goals and Objectives are:
To support and preserve America’s only true art form, Jazz music,
To bring together Springfield’s (and the region’s) diverse racial, ethnic and cultural groups
Providing a venue for Springfield’s new and emerging artists,
Assisting in the city’s revitalization efforts by promoting Springfield as a safe, attractive, and exciting city, and
Building a “destination event” on par with the, Hartford, Litchfield, Saratoga, Newport and Capital Jazz Festivals, to benefit the community, sponsors, artists and attendees alike