Terra State Community College presents a unique festival experience to Northwest Ohio on June 15-16.
With the launch of Terra’s new Jazz and American Music Studies degree program in the fall, this new summer festival celebrates American music styles from 1920-today with featured bands from around the area and numerous guest artists.
“There are so many musical genres to choose from that have come from the birth of jazz and evolved into today’s pop music that it’s hard to capture all of the styles in just one weekend,” said Terra’s rock ’n’ roll history instructor, John Cipiti. “With our inaugural festival, we are primarily focusing our attention on jazz, rock, R&B, blues and funk this year, and look forward to focusing on many other styles such as gospel, country, folk, musical theater and more in the coming years.”
The Jazz and American Music Festival features festival headliner Doug Johns, funk bassist from Cleveland. Earning rave reviews from Bass Player Magazine as well as the bass community, Johns is an accomplished bass player, composer, clinician and bandleader. His raw presence, energy and all-around crowd-wowing prowess can be heard on numerous recordings and stages.
Believing that a good musician surrounds himself with great musicians, Johns has had the privilege of working with such icons as Buddy Miles, Chuck Rainey, Grammy-winning producer Aaron Lindsey, and many others.
Friday, June 15
The festival opens with the “JAZZ LEGENDS” concert on at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Clinton Performing Arts Center in Port Clinton. The concert is presented by the Terra State Jazz Band under the direction of Jeff Blanchard and a special jazz tribute group called the Regional Jazz All Stars featuring Keith Barber (guitar), Pete Ford (piano/organ), Linda Jackson (vocals), Brian Lang (saxophone), Doug Neel (trombone/bass), Michael Shirtz (piano/vocals) and Elijah Vazquez (drums). This concert will be the perfect concert for both Big Band lovers and a walk down memory lane to the jazz legends of the 20th century who helped shaped our American music. Tickets for Friday’s concert are $8 at the door.
Saturday, June 16
Saturday afternoon the festival moves to Terra State’s campus with two stages featuring the following musical groups. There is a $10 entrance fee that covers all afternoon concerts at Terra State.
Student Activities Center Stage (Building C):
• Noon — GINGLEY JoH: A crowd-favorite rock band of various rock styles to kick-off the afternoon
• 1 p.m. — NEW VANCOUVER: New Indie Rock/Pop original band from Columbus
• 2 p.m. — SLOW BURN: Blues, Soul, Funk, and R&B awarding winning group from Toledo
• 3 p.m. — OBNOX: Nationally recognized Multi-Track Duo featuring original vocals, guitar, drums and controlled noise featuring Lamont ‘Bim’ Thomas and Elijah Vazquez
• 4 p.m. — BLUE LUNCH: Award-winning Blues, Jump Swing, R&B and Soul band from Cleveland
Recital Hall Club Stage (Building D):
• 12:30 p.m. — BRIAN LANG ORCHESTRA: Featuring the sounds of early Jazz from 1920-1940s
• 1:30 p.m. — BGSU VOCAL JAZZ GROUP: Vocal Jazz Ensembles directed by Chris Buzzelli
• 2:30 p.m. — UNEIQ: A spectacular Gospel group featuring Justin Burel from Fremont
• 3:30 p.m., — Doug Johns will present a workshop open to bass players and all musicians in Terra’s Recital Hall.
The festival concludes with the headlining concert at the Strand Theatre in downtown Fremont with Doug Johns. The concert will open with The Doug Neel Project featuring Morgan Steigler and Chris Buzzelli. Admission for Saturday evening’s concert is $10 at the door.
JAM Festival is produced by the music business and production students at Terra State, along with Bass Gear Magazine, The Strand Theatre, Jazz Education Connection of Ohio, and the Northcoast Arts Alliance. Don’t miss this great musical celebration.
For information about Terra State’s Jazz and American Music Festival, call 419-559-2233 or go to www.terra.edu/JAM2012.