Press release for the 4th Avenue Jazz Festival from Magic City Smooth Jazz:
Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival slated for this Saturday and Sunday
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The sounds of jazz will flow from downtown Birmingham this weekend at the annual Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival.
The free festival, expanded to two days this year, will take place at Fourth Avenue North and 17th Street outside the historic Carver Theater and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. After several local artists begin the festival at 1 p.m. Saturday, the first day will conclude with a performance at 8 p.m. by nationally-renowned jazz artist Norman Brown. Sunday's lineup begins at 1 p.m. with local artists and concludes at 4 p.m. with Jazz in Pink with special guest Birmingham's Kim Scott.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival will honor J.L. "James Lowe, an acclaimed Birmingham jazz musician and founder of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. "We are excited to present the 10th Annual Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz festival, especially in honor of Mr. J. L. Lowe who inspired numerous of jazz musicians that will perform this weekend," said Bernard Lockhart, festival coordinator.
This year for the first time, the festival is partnering with the Sidewalk Film Festival, which is taking place from Friday Aug. 23 through Sunday Aug. 25. Sidewalk will have a special showing of the award-winning documentary, "The Girls in the Band" at 6 p.m. Sunday inside the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame/Carver Theater of Performing Arts.
Besides lots of good music, the festival will feature several food and clothing vendors, plus booths by the Birmingham Public Library, McWane Center, Vulcan Park, and free health screenings. ABC Concessions is donating a moonwalk for kids from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
This year's festival sponsors are the Birmingham City Council and Mayor William Bell, Fourth Avenue Area Merchants Association, A.G. Gaston Conference, a grant from Alabama State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, Sidewalk Film Festival, Urban Impact, Miller Lite, Hot 107.7, and Magic City Smooth jazz. Attendees of the festival, which attracted 6,000 last year, are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs to enjoy the music.
For more information, go to www.justataste.org.
INFORMATION SOURCE: MAGIC CITY SMOOTH JAZZ
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