The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival (GCEHJF) is a collection of jazz-related events that span more than a month. This Gulf Coast tradition is all about spreading the message of jazz music to anyone and everyone with ears and a pulse.
Festival organizers are quick to point out that “ethnic” means everybody and “heritage” is not some fixed point in the past. Inclusion and appreciation is what it’s all about!
The Festival begins in July with Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp, a dynamic, 10-day learning experience, focusing on the history and fundamentals of Jazz. Though primarily begun for school-aged players, students have ranged in age from 6 to seniors. The session is capped off with a Summer Jazz Camp Recital that may surprise you as much as it entertains. These “students” can really play!
The festival continues with Leonard Houston performing Bicycle Jazz at the OK Bicycle Shop on Mobile’s Dauphin Street. Huggy Bear da Poet will liven things up at the History Museum of Mobile, and August’s LODA Artwalk will be made complete with the sweet sounds of live Jazz. Jazz on the River winds things up with an evening of amazing Jazz at the Mobile Convention Center.
2017 Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival Schedule
Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp
July 24 to August 12, 9:30am to 1:30pm, daily
Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp Recital
August 4, 6:30pm to – 8:30pm at the History Museum of Mobile
Bicycle Jazz with Leonard Houston
August 9, 6:30pm to – 8:30pm at the OK Bicycle Shop
An Evening of Poetry with Huggy Bear da Poet
August 10, 6:30pm to – 8:30pm at the History Museum of Mobile
Art Walk & Jazz
August 11, 6:30pm to – 8:30pm in Downtown Mobile
Jazz on the River
August 12, 5pm- 10:30pm at the Mobile Convention Center
Mobile Jazz Festival is a great time, whether you’re here to broaden your horizons, sharpen your playing skills, or just to enjoy some great, live music. Don’t miss out! Visit gcehjazzfest.org for more information.
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