The 3-day event features renowned artists from all over the world performing jazz, R&B, soul, blues and neo-soul. In addition, promising young artists from Dallas/Fort Worth area schools and music programs will take the stage to showcase their talent.
The festival kicks off with a free pre-festival concert on Thursday, September 2, at the AT&T Discovery District downtown. The evening begins with the sounds of New Orleans from The Big Easy Brass Band followed by a non-stop jam session featuring Dallas' top vocalists and instrumentalists like Jada Arnell, Jose Echevarria and singer Dana Harper-Moka.
On Friday, September 3, the festival officially begins at the Visit Dallas Main Stage in the Convention Center Arena with the Dallas Hot Band opening for Grammy Award winner and local legend Erykah Badu.
On Saturday, September 4, the River Front Jazz Festival spreads out across three venues - the Visit Dallas Main Stage, the Blues and Soul Main State and the Promising Young Artists Stage. Featuring drummer Pete Escovedo, saxophonist David Sanborn and a variety of young local artists, the day ends with a performance by the "Mother of Hip-Hop" Millie Jackson.
On Sunday, September 5, the festival comes to a close with performances by pianist Keiko Matsui, singer Jeffrey Osborne, the SOS Band, and more young local artists before Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard takes the stage with select members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.