Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival set for June 20-21

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Denise Lasalle

Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) and The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) have partnered to present the 14th Annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival. Events include an inaugural luncheon, the “My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends” honoring African American music; a street party on the newly named Seigenthaler Bridge (formerly the Shelby Street walking bridge), and the annual festival, featuring blues legend Denise LaSalle.

“Our mission with this festival is to bring the community together, strengthen and provide economic impact, as well as bolster awareness and exposure to the historical importance of the north Nashville corridor, said Sharon Hurt, J.U.M.P. executive director. “We’re thrilled to celebrate the historical impact of Jazz and Blues within our famed Music City and having MNAAM a part is a wonderful opportunity that can only happen in Music City.”

The weekend begins with the inaugural “My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends” awards luncheon on Friday, June 20, 2014. The awards are presented to local and nationally known artists who have made a significant impact in the music industry or his/her genre-focus through talent, triumphs, ability and power.

Regardless of age, many African American artists, musicians and leaders go without notice, this luncheon is designed to eliminate that as an issue. Music industry legend, Al Bell (Stax Records) serves as master of ceremonies, with honorees who have had a significant impact on the music community through their distinct styles of work.

“We are pleased to be a part of this great celebration and to join J.U.M.P. in bringing the community a series of great events for the weekend, said H. Beecher Hicks, III, president and CEO of NMAAM. “These events celebrate the culture and music of Jazz and Blues, two genres of which Nashville has a rich history.”

Following the awards luncheon, the annual street party “Bridging the Gap Mixer” will continue the celebration of the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival. The event features two live bands at opposite ends of the Seigenthaler Bridge, and DJ Victor Chatman at 10:00 p.m. at the center of the bridge. Various food options and vendors are included in the event as well. The Festival is Saturday, June 21 at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall Amphitheater in downtown Nashville. Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for general admission and $20 for VIP; $15 and $25 respectively on day of event.

For more information on any of the events visit: www.jumptojefferson.com or www.NMAAM.org.

About the Artists at The Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival

The main event, The Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival, will feature local and national artists at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall Amphitheater in downtown Nashville.

Denise LaSalle, highly recognized as the Queen of the Blues, is headliner for the festival. Since the early 1960s, LaSalle has been winning Blues fans over with her music. Born in Mississippi, LaSalle burst on the scene with the modest hit “A Love Reputation,” but it was her song “Trapped By A Thing Called Love” in 1971 that exploded on the R&B and Billboard Hot 100 charts. In addition, she co-penned the song Married, But Not to Each Other for 1979’s Best of Barbara Mandrell compilation album. A 2011 Blues Hall of Fame inductee, LaSalle’s other hits include “My Toot Toot,” “Down Home Blues,” “Right Track” and “Man Sized Job.” She continues to perform at a number of festivals and lives in Jackson, Tenn., where she also owns a restaurant, The Blues Legend Café.

Mick Hicks and the Funk Puncs is an emerging talent in the Funk and Soul music scene in Nashville and beyond. Hicks’ debut This Is Life is brought to life by his group the Funk Puncs – an 18-piece band at its fullest. When he’s not performing and writing his own music, Hicks can be found on the road touring with Grammy Award winning artist Keb’Mo.

Karlton Taylor is a Nashville native known for his Nu-Jazz style and performs with his trio throughout the Nashville area.

After 5 Tux is a popular jazz band that has performed alongside prominent musician, composer and trumpeter Freddie T. Holt at various venues throughout Nashville including B.B. Kings House of Blues and Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.

Third Coast Jazz is a tightly-harmonized group, featuring Michael Fair, Denny Jiosa and Dana Robbins who perform in the tradition of Manhattan Transfer or New York Voices – an exciting and complex performance of jazz standards and original material.