TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 8, 2016) – More than 20 acts, including the only appearance this year in the South by the Count Basie Orchestra, highlight the inaugural Florida Jazz and Blues Festival at Tallahassee’s Capital City Amphitheater in Cascades Park Sept. 23 – 25.
The three-day festival features a lineup of international, national, regional and local jazz and blues musicians including the Count Basie Orchestra, the Freddy Cole Trio (brother of Nat King Cole), Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation, the Cleveland Eaton Trio, Mac Arnold, Lady Bianca, Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Selwyn Birchwood, Brian Lynch Latin Jazz, and New Orleans Rebirth Brass Band.
Daytime performances are free. Tickets are required for the evening, headliner performances, with stadium seating and general admission seats available. Ticket information and schedules of performances are available at www.CapitalCityAmphitheater.com.
Scotty Barnhart -- two-time Grammy winner, international touring musician and director of the Count Basie Orchestra -- serves as the festival’s artistic director. The lineup of performers reflects his extensive contacts with internationally known jazz artists. Gary Anton, owner of the famed Bradfordville Blues Club, serves as the blues director and attracted some of the top performers in the genre. When not traveling with the orchestra, Barnhart teaches jazz in the school of music at Florida State University.
The festival reflects on the community’s illustrious music heritage with a tribute to jazz greats Cannonball and Nat Adderley by Florida State University and Florida A&M University jazz faculty. The Adderleys lived in Tallahassee, not far from the Capital City Amphitheater, and performed with Ray Charles when he lived here in the 1940s.