Saturday, August 12, 2023

Free Festival • Noon until Sunset

Glass City Metropark

983 Front St, Toledo, OH 43605

Toledo is a city well known for its deep roots in jazz and for producing and supporting great jazz and jazz artist such as the innovative Jon Hendricks, the incomparable Art Tatum and so many more.

This year, we continue to fill the void of world class jazz festivals in our immediate region, with the second “THE GLASS CITY JAZZFEST”, an annual event on the banks of our most beautiful and important natural asset: the Maumee River, with a westward view of the City of Toledo, from the new Metro Parks – Glass Pavilion (at 983 Front. St).

The City of Toledo, in partnership with The Great Lakes Jazz Society – Metroparks Toledo – Lucas County – Toledo Area Transit Authority (TARTA), Destination Toledo – 5th /3rd Bank, and a host of Non Profits and the Private Industry; have united with the goal of bringing world class entertainment to our waterfront; and also to enjoy the benefits for our area that are generated from the economic impact that such annual festivals bring with them.

The 2nd Annual “GLASS CITY JAZZFEST”!!
Attendees of the family-friendly, open-air festival will enjoy a full day of live acts that will explore various genres of jazz; including Traditional, Latin, Fusion, Smooth Jazz and more.

Hosted by Toledo’s own, world-renowned, jazz internet station “The H-Factor Jazz Show; this year’s line-up of artists includes native Toledoans; singer and song writer Ramona Collins, and also pianist John Cunningham, featuring the Rock Steady Band.

Also joining this year’s line-up:

  • Salsa and Latin Jazz percussionist & band leader “Sammy Deleon Y Orquestra”
  • The Toronto-based, electro-jazz grooves of “Four80East”
  • Jazz/R&B saxophonist Jeanette Harris with Multi-Billboard charting artist and guitarist David P. Stevens
  • Grammy Award-winning keyboardist composer-producer, the incomparable Jeff Lorber

A portion of the proceeds generated at the festival will go toward jazz education for our local youth thanks to the efforts of the Great Lakes Jazz Society non-profit and BeInstrumental charitable organizations. We want to share that from last year’s proceeds 2 students are now learning to play the cello & trumpet. This year, with your help we can provide music education scholarships to even more young people.

We invite all residents throughout the City of Toledo, Northwestern Ohio, and southeast Michigan to bring your lawn chairs, come on out, chill and join us at the Metroparks Glass Pavilion on Saturday, August 12th, beginning at noon to enjoy a full day of good food, local arts and crafts vendors and live jazz music.