GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is West Michigan's only free, weekend-long jazz festival! The 7th annual festival is Aug. 18 & 19, 2018, at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The 7th annual GRandJazzFest will bring to the stage notable jazz performers as well as up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. The event is family friendly. Book a hotel room if you're from out of town and make a weekend of it! Bring folding chairs, blankets and snacks, and get ready to relax for a couple of hours or for the whole weekend! The central-downtown location is ideal for supporting local businesses, restaurants and pubs, and for visiting other Grand Rapids attractions.
Scotland-born, Los Angeles-raised veteran saxophonist Richard Elliot headlined the 2017 GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation (which took place Aug. 19 & 20, 2017). Long known as the “James Brown of Contemporary Jazz” for the intense soul inspirations of his recordings, Elliot has added GRandJazzFest to his relentless tour schedule. Audiences love Elliot’s joyfully exhausting onstage performances, digging deep into his R&B and jazz roots. Infectious melodies and funky grooves flow and follow a two-word mantra – Rock Steady¬ – the name of his highly anticipated debut on Artistry Music. With a bestselling discography of more than 15 recordings since 1986’s Initial Approach, thousands of live dates spanning over two decades and one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in contemporary urban jazz, it’s incredible to hear Elliot declare: “What I’m doing now, enjoying this upward trend in my career, is seriously the most fun I have ever had.” The multi-talented tenor-man, composer and producer has been on one of the most incredible rolls of his career since the 2005 release of Metro Blue, which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. More at http://www.richardelliot.com/All Performers
To get a detailed view of the 2017 schedule click the link below. The 2018 schedule will be posted in the spring of 2018.Full Schedule