The Johnson City Jazz Festival is set to return on March 11 and 12 | Sunday stories

Submitted by Steve Scheu

JOHNSON CITY — The fourth annual Johnson City Jazz Festival, a two-day celebration of live jazz music, is set to return to the area with four bands from across the Southeast playing a variety of jazz styles at the Carnegie Hotel .

“After taking two years off, we are very excited to bring this great genre of music back to Carnegie and the region. We heard from many fans that they missed this event a lot. We can’t wait to get the festival back on track,” said Steve Scheu, one of the festival organizers.

Bill Perkins, a local jazz guitarist and the person responsible for organizing the performing musicians, said he was also very happy to be back at Carnegie.

“This hiatus has been a very difficult time for musicians who want to play together and for fans who want to experience great live music,” Perkins said. “We are delighted that everyone involved in the festival is gearing up for a big event in early March and hope everyone will come out to listen and support these very talented musicians.”

Performers include trombonist Rick Simerly, jazz singer Lenora Helm Hammonds, saxophonist Zoh Amba and drummer Kenneth Brown.

Organizers say they have worked hard to make the festival as affordable as possible. The cost for Friday and Saturday is $20 for each night or $30 for both nights.

Carnegie Hotel, a major sponsor, is the venue for all the shows, which will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. each evening. There is a special rate to stay at the Carnegie during the event. To reserve, call the hotel directly at 423-979-6400 and say you are attending the Johnson City Jazz Festival.

For more details or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.johnsoncityjazzfestival.com. Also be sure to follow the festival on Facebook (Johnson City Jazz Festival) and Instagram (johnsoncityjazzfestival). You can also email Steve Scheu at info@johnsoncityjazzfestival.com.

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