Tri-C JazzFest and BLU Jazz+ team up to present Gerald Clayton Trio, Berklee College of Music “Next Generation Jazz Ensemble” (directed by Terri Lyne Carrington)

March 12, 2015 -

(AKRON, OH) – The month of April is nationally recognized as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), an annual event created to pay tribute to jazz as both a living and historic genre of music. In partnership with Tri-C JazzFest (who celebrates their 36th season this year), BLU Jazz+ will be hosting a very special event, “Tri-C JazzFest Day in Akron,” on Thursday, April 16th, 2015!
Several of Summit County’s high school and collegiate jazz programs will be participating in a series of daytime workshops and masterclasses at BLU Jazz+ lead by this season’s Tri-C JazzFest artists in residence, the Gerald Clayton Trio. On the BLU Jazz+ stage, students will have a chance to perform and sharpen their skills under the guidance of three-time Grammy® nominated pianist & composer, Gerald Clayton.
The day will culminate in two exciting live public performances: the renowned Berklee College of Music’s “Next Generation Jazz Ensemble,” under the direction of Grammy® award winning jazz drummer, composer, record producer, & educator – Terri Lyne Carrington, will take the stage at 7:30PM, followed by the Gerald Clayton Trio, featuring Kendrick Scott & Joe Sanders.
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BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)
Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.