Schedule and Line Up: A2 Jazz Fest 2018

The tradition of music festivals in Ann Arbor is legendary. Continuing in that tradition, the Third Annual A2 JAZZ FEST (A2JF) moves ahead with expanded offerings for 2018. Now lasting three days, this year’s line-up will feature a World Dance Party, a full array of Jazz Ensembles from professional and student groups, and a newly added third day dedicated to the PIANO, a central figure in nearly every jazz band since the beginning. The A2JF stages will be at the LIVE Nightclub on Friday and Saturday, September 28th and 29th, and at the Kerrytown Concert House Sunday, September 30th. All events are free and open to all public jazz listeners. Check out our press release here for a pdf of the schedule and details of our artists!

This year’s festival is dedicated to the late great piano master Tad Weed, who passed away in August, and performed admirably at the inaugural and follow-up festivals.

FRIDAY SEPT 28:  6-9pm LIVE NIGHTCLUB

6-7PM Raka - World Percussion Music (bio)
7:15-9PM Tumbao Bravo - Latin Jazz (bio)

SATURDAY SEPT 29: 3-9:30pm LIVE NIGHTCLUB

3-5PM STUDENT JAZZ SHOWCASE

3-3:30PM Community Music School Jazz Ensemble (bio)
3:40-4:10PM Community High School Jazz Ensemble (bio)
4:20-4:50PM The 5 Brothers (bio)

5-9:30PM STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ SHOWCASE
5PM Trunino Lowe Quartet (bio)
6PM Jon Taylor's Beam Songs (bio)
7PM Janelle Reichman +4 (bio)
8PM Sean Dobbins Trio (bio)

SUNDAY SEPT 30: 4-8pm KERRYTOWN CONCERT HOUSE

4-5PM Balance featuring Michael Malis and Marcus Elliot (bio)
5:30-6:30PM Roe Bickley Kramer Trio (bio)
7-8PM Marion Hayden Ensemble (bio)

 

FRIDAY SEPT 28:  6-9pm LIVE NIGHTCLUB

6-7PM Raka - World Percussion Music (bio)
7:15-9PM Tumbao Bravo - Latin Jazz (bio)

SATURDAY SEPT 29: 3-9:30pm LIVE NIGHTCLUB

3-5PM STUDENT JAZZ SHOWCASE

3-3:30PM Community Music School Jazz Ensemble (bio)
3:40-4:10PM Community High School Jazz Ensemble (bio)
4:20-4:50PM The 5 Brothers (bio)

5-9:30PM STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ SHOWCASE
5PM Trunino Lowe Quartet (bio)
6PM Jon Taylor's Beam Songs (bio)
7PM Janelle Reichman +4 (bio)
8PM Sean Dobbins Trio (bio)

SUNDAY SEPT 30: 4-8pm KERRYTOWN CONCERT HOUSE

4-5PM Balance featuring Michael Malis and Marcus Elliot (bio)
5:30-6:30PM Roe Bickley Kramer Trio (bio)
7-8PM Marion Hayden Ensemble (bio)

 

A2 Jazz Fest 2018 Photos

A2 Jazz Fest 2018 Photos

Here are photos of the A2 Jazz Fest 2018 credits to Jeff Dunn! Click on the respective pictures to see the entire album of each band's performance! 

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A2 Jazz Fest 2018 Schedule

A2 Jazz Fest 2018 Schedule

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