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Tri-C Jazz Fest Preview and Ticket Giveaway

Tri-C Jazz Fest
June 26 – 28
Palace Theatre / Ohio Theatre / Hanna Theatre
Full 2014 Schedule

Tri-C Jazz Fest already proved it has a few tricks up its sleeves as it enters its 35th year. Known for its community engagement, the annual festival peppered the year with pop-up performances in collaboration with Cleveland Museum of Art’s monthly MIX social and an art and fashion fusion event at Negative Space Gallery. This year, Tri-C Jazz Fest continues to push into new territory with a re-energized format.

Shedding its traditional springtime faire, 2014’s festival now takes place over one weekend, June 26 – 28, to make room for a full schedule of free outdoor music located on the U.S. Bank Plaza. Among the performers are familiar names such as Broccoli Samurai (Friday; 8:45 p.m.), Bethesda (Saturday; 4:15 p.m.), and Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites (Saturday, 10:30 p.m.). Full outdoor schedule

The festival kicks off on Thursday night with the Sean Jones Quartet and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra with recent Grammy contender Christian McBride at the Ohio Theatre.

Friday’s line-up begins at 6:00 p.m. with a free concert by Gregory Porter, a Grammy award-winner for 2014’sBest Vocal Jazz Album (tickets are sold out) and expands to the Palace Theatre with Miles Davis-disciple John Scofield’s Uberjam and Trombone Shorty.

Entertainment on Saturday begins in the early afternoon and also opens up the Hanna Theatre with Jamey Haddad. Those not able to catch Jazz Fest’s 2014 artist-in-residence Christian McBride on opening night can see him perform that evening with his trio. The evening culminates with an evening performance by Dave Holland Prism.

Cellar Door is giving you a chance to win two tickets to Dave Holland Prism, who performs Saturday at 10:00 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre.

“Before we got the band together, I was thinking about the sound of the band and the guitar, and was listening to a lot of Jimi Hendrix’s music,” says Holland. 

Bassist Dave Holland has been making music through various line-up incarnations for more than 40 years with some of his earliest recordings appearing alongside Miles Davis on his classic albums In A Silent Way and Bitches’ Brew. His 2012 Big Band release What Goes Around earned him his first Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and their follow-up, Overtime, won a Grammy in the same category. Overtime was his first release on his personal imprint, Dare2.

Prism is bassist Dave Holland, The Tonight Show alum guitarist Kevin Eubanks, drummer Eric Harland and pianist Craig Taborn.

How to enter: In the comments below tell us why you should win the tickets OR just tell us one of your favorite jazz musicians! We’ll choose a winner at random on Friday at Noon!

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