Showcasing the rich musical history of Jefferson Street and bringing the community together.

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The summer of 2019 welcomed the 19th Annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival celebrating the vitality of the Jefferson Street community through its arts, music and food culture.  This 2-day event, brought to you by the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP), kicks off with our SoBro Block Party at 5th and Demonbreun Street and concludes with a day long music, arts and food festival featuring local and national jazz and blues artists and food and retail vendors from the North Nashville community.

With thousands of attendees, each year, the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival builds cultural awareness, attracts diversity and commemorates the historic Jefferson Street Corridor through the sounds of jazz, blues, funk, gospel, soul and R&B.  Not just a music festival, this 2-day event pays homage to the historic treasures and challenges that make the Jefferson Street community a unique and vital part of Nashville.

The 20th Annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Fest is coming summer 2020. Check back later for more updates!

Thanks to everyone who made JJBF19 a success!

Didn’t get a chance to attend this year? Read about the 2-day event below.

CHUBB ROCK & VALERIE SIMPSON HEADLINED THE 19th ANNUAL JEFFERSON STREET JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL 

Blues, Jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop joined together in Nashville with national and local artists to showcase the rich musical history of Music City.

Nashville, Tenn., - (June 18, 2019) – The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) kicked off the 19th annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival (JJBF) weekend with a Bridging the Gap Mixer: SoBro Block Party, held between 5th Ave S. and Demonbreun (Omni Hotel area). The Jazz & Blues Festival then returned to the Bicentennial Mall & State Park on Saturday, June 15th. The two-day event saw over 7,000 people in attendance.

Friday's “Bridging the Gap: SoBro Block Party” Mixer featured a performance from the legendary Chubb Rock

Saturday’s line-up for the 19th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival featured Jazz, Blues and R&B acts from local legends, and a special performance from Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson, the iconic songwriting duo.

J.U.M.P. also showcased their new relationship with the Nashville Hot Chicken Festival, who hosted several of its food vendors at The Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival, on both days. And reciprocally, J.U.M.P. will provide and recommend music acts to be added to the Nashville Hot Chicken Festival stage in July, later this year. 

“Our team finds value in supporting other organizations who foster neighborhood camaraderie and we’re looking forward to celebrating this new relationship for years to come” said former Mayor Bill Purcell.

The schedule of events for Friday, June 14 included:

  • 4-7:00 p.m. Happy Hour (2-4-1 Specials)

  • 7:00 p.m. Will Davenport

  • 8:00 p.m. Biz & Everyday People

  • 9:00 p.m. Chubb Rock

The headliner of the festival’s main event on Saturday, June 15 at the Bicentennial Mall was Valerie Simpson. The schedule of events for Saturday included:

  • 12-3:00 p.m. Free Children’s Pavilion

  • 3:00 p.m. Gates Open

  • 4:00 p.m. Herchel Bailey

  • 5:00 p.m. Nashville Jazz Workshop 

  • 6:00 p.m. Stacy Mitchhart

  • 7:00 p.m. Mike Phillips

  • 8:00 p.m. Valerie Simpson

About The Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival (JJBF):

Created in 2001, the annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival (JJBF) showcases the rich musical history of Jefferson Street and brings the community together to experience Blues, Jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop...genres that have deep roots in Music City. In it’s 19th year, JJBF has hosted nationally recognized artists and featured top-local talent to celebrate Nashville's rich musical legacy. For more information, or to purchase tickets for any of the events visit, www.nashvillejazzandbluesfest.com.


About the Nashville Hot Chicken Festival:

Created in 2007, the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival brings together the local community and visitors to celebrate the uniquely-Nashville dish, Hot Chicken. For more information, visit hot-chicken.com/festival

 

About the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.):

The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P) is a non-profit organization whose mission is "To develop, foster and promote cooperative economic development through revitalization, acquisition, education and public safety programs in North Nashville."  Today more than 200 individuals and organizations make up JUMP’s active membership -- all with one thing in common, keeping Jefferson Street alive and thriving. For more information, visit JumpToJefferson.com. For more information, or to purchase tickets for any of the events visit, jumptojefferson.com.

 

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