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The Fifth Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival (JCIJBF) is expanding to a two-day event, Sept. 5-6, during the Labor Day Weekend at Oak Hollow Festival Park.

“It was always our intention to move to a multiday festival from the beginning,” said Joe Williams, co-founding member of the Friends of John Coltrane. Williams is the person in charge of talent acquisition and promotions and serves as the festival’s operations manager. “For the growth of the festival we always felt like it was necessary,” he continued. “The second day will give visiting guests more time to spend in our area, which will help support the local and regional economies.”

Jazz vocalist Patti Austin headlined the inaugural festival and Coltrane’s son, Ravi, an esteemed saxophonist in his own right, also christened the first event with his stellar performance. In the subsequent three years, many of the top names in jazz and blues have headlined the festival including Stanley Clarke, George Duke, the master of Latin Jazz – Poncho Sanchez, Al Jarreau, and the ultimate smooth jazz saxophone quartet led by Dave Koz which featured Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot. George Benson and Boney James headlined last year’s festival.

The festival has introduced the Piedmont to many up and coming artists including trumpeter Christian Scott, vocalist Morgan James and guitar phenomenon Andreas Varady.

The expansion to a two day festival is a celebration of its growth and stability. The additional day will allow headlining artists more performing time.

“It is an opportunity to bring in additional artists, to expose a broader array of talent and to give artists adequate stage time,” Williams explained. “So we’re not pushing a lot of talent in one day — it gives the festival the ability to breathe.”

The announcement next month of the line-up of artists for the 5th Coltrane Jazzfest will coincide with the new website launch.


Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency set within a former thrift store, is pleased to announce Museum : : Instrument, a curated sound art residency produced by Elsewhere and ThreeWalls of Chicago, IL. During a month-long special residency, artists will create new installation and performance based sound works that transform the museum’s 100-year old building into an architectural music box.

The works will premiere on July 3, during a First Friday opening event where performers and the public “play the museum,” by using the building as amphitheater, music box, instrument, and speaker. A limited edition vinyl LP will collect and document the work made throughout the residency. This special residency offers museum audiences a unique opportunity to engage in sound art production, which is gaining public attention and recognition.

Artists Jon Brumit, Michael Milano, David More, Troy Briggs, and Jeff Kolar and Meredith Kooi of Radius will be in residency at the museum from June 10 – July 5. This group has been curated by Shannon Stratton–an Independent Curator and Executive Director Emeritus of ThreeWalls– and Joe Jeffers–musician, producer and Director of 8550 Ohio. While in residence they will produce new sound works that feature electronics, foundobjects, interactive instruments, field recordings, and experimental radio broadcasting that alter, enhance, and draw attention to the sounds of the museum as a resonant architectural chamber. Their building-wide sound art interventions will invite audiences to consider the museum as a comprehensive and interconnected artwork, using electronic and auditory media to connect architectures seen and unseen.

Elsewhere will also host free, artist-designed public workshops on June 27-28. These ‘hacker-workshops’ will bring to life the tangible and creative aspects of sound art production, introducing workshop attendees to new skills and ideas for working with electronic materials, found objects, and toys to explore and create sonic environments. !