Sep 10, 2012
The second annual Northampton Jazz Festival will be presented on Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. Building on the success of the inaugural event, the NJF will feature two stages on Hampton Ave (behind Thorne’s Market) and a space in the Market.
Known as the "Paradise City", Northampton, MA offers a lifestyle rich in cultural, artistic, academic, and business resources. It's downtown center, where the festival takes place, is one of the most vibrant in New England. The superb quality of life in Northampton contributes to a strong and diversified economic base. Northampton is unique in the number of independently owned businesses that make up its business community.
The Festival presents internationally known musicians, as well as established local performers and promising young players from area Colleges and High Schools. Attendees can also watch the “12 Mile Meal Challenge,” and root for their favorite local chefs as they compete to see who can create the most innovative cuisine, using food grown by local farmers. As with last year, attendees can enjoy food, beer and wine from local restaurants that make Northampton a favorite among “foodies” everywhere.
“The Jazz Festival is the perfect event to showcase both Downtown Northampton and really great jazz music,” said Bill Collins, vice president of the Northampton Jazz Festival. “The mixture of top pros and student players was fantastic last year and we expect even more excitement from this year’s lineup.”
The main stage - there will be three stages this year - will be highlighted by appearances from Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts; the Gary Smulyan Quartet; and the Sheryl Bailey 3. To listen to a podcast with Gary Smulyan, click here. Local favorte Flava Evolution opens the main stage at 11:00 am, followed by singer Jessica Freeman.
The Fest will run from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and is free of charge. The event is sponsored, in part, by TD Bank, The Spoleto Group, Peak Organic Brewing, the Northampton Business Improvement District, BayState Health, WRSI and other local businesses.