Jazz Festivus for the Rest of Us

Unless you’ve been under a rock lately, you know that the Winter Blues Jazz Fest is coming up this weekend. And you may have looked at the price for the pass to all the events ($155) and said “forget it!” BUT WAIT there are several events that are free and a few more that are only $15, so don’t despair. I really have to hand it to the organizers for making this accessible to the whole community.

Jazz Fest

1.  FREE Community Concert! 2pm Sunday Jan 18

The William and Mary Jazz Combo led by Harris Simon will perform, and get this- FREE hot chocolate as well! In a heated tent on Merchant’s Square, no less. Here’s a link to some songs put together by Simon in the 70s and another recording of him playing recently as a preview.

2. FREE movies at the Kimball:

Bird (1988): Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 6:30pm
A biopic of Charlie “Bird” Parker


The Cotton Club (1984): Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 4pm
based on the legendary jazz club in Harlem

The Cotton Club

3. Winter Blues Jazz Band Friday at 6:30- 10pm: $15

Each of the following bands will perform, culminating in a one-hour jam session. Dancing encouraged!

Your ticket includes one drink, and they’ll have food available for purchase. Tickets are selling fast, though, so I’d recommend you buying them very soon.

4. Jae Sinnett Quartet Friday and Saturday at 7:30: $15

You know Jae Sinnett, right? Hosts the jazz on NPR at night? He’ll be playing his crazy jazz at the library Friday and Saturday nights. $15 for adults, $13 for Friends of WRL and students, $8 for those under 17.

There are a lot of other events in conjunction with the festival, including the Big Bold Beer Festival (which looks really cool), with tickets at $30 and up. Oh, and one more thing- you still may be able to sign up to volunteer for the fest- you’ll get to see concerts AND get fed AND get a t-shirt. Win win win!

As for the rest of the week? Don’t worry, our calendar has you covered with trivia, yoga, movies, and more.  So, will you bundle up and venture outside this week? I hope so!

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