Charlotte to stage jazz festival

Charlotte to stage jazz festival
August 30
00:00 2012


The Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival, the Queen City’s longest running free jazz event, will give fans an international jazz experience on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 2-9 p.m. at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall.

Donald Harrison, known as “The King of Nouveau Swing,” will headline. Harrison has been called one of the most important musicians of the new millennium by CBS Sunday Morning. In the classic jazz genre, he is the originator of the Nouveau Swing style, which merges acoustic swing with modern R&B, second-line, hip-hop and reggae rhythms. His smooth jazz recording, “The Power of Cool,” went to the top of Billboard Magazine’s Smooth Jazz and R&B charts and is considered a classic.

“We are delighted to bring a national act of such caliber to this year’s festival – celebrating 21 years! – and we are happy the festival is taking place as the Democratic National Convention wraps up,” said Dee Dixon, publisher of Pride Magazine and organizer of the festival. “We are hoping some of the out-of-town guests will join us for an afternoon of great jazz.”

In addition, popular local and regional acts the Calvin Edwards Trio, Envision, Fat Snacks and Los Leones also will heat up the Coca-Cola Sunset Jazz Festival stage throughout the afternoon.

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