Featured Performances @ the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival 

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John Coltrane, the master of the saxophone, was born September 23, 1926, to John R. and Alice Blair Coltrane, in Hamlet, North Carolina, in the rural, red clay, farming region near the South Carolina state line. His grandfather was Reverend William Coltrane, a...

Jackie Venson

Jackie Venson started playing the guitar when she was a senior at Berklee College of Music.  Until then she had studied and trained as a classical pianist. Forming her own blues band in 2013, Venson has become a rising star for her vocal and playing ability as well as...

Michelle Coltrane

Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is the daughter of  jazz pianist Alice Coltrane who advanced the harp as an instrument of the genre and broke new ground by doing so.   Her step-father was saxophone, composer and jazz icon, John Coltrane. The example her parents set as...

Coltrane Jazzfest Helps Mold Future of Jazz

Fifteen aspiring middle and high school student musicians were winners of the 2017 Student Essay Contest for the 7th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival.  The students, who ranged in age from 13 to 17,  received brand new instruments...

2017 Festival Recap

The 7th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival was highlighted with great performances from a mingling of up and coming talent, masters of the current genre and iconic jazz titans. Featured Performances @ the 8th Annual John Coltrane International...

Jazzmeia Horn

Jazzmeia Horn, the strongest vocalist to emerge on the jazz scene in some time, will perform Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 for the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. Horn’s 2017 debut release A SOCIAL CALL was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for...

Dianne Reeves

Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves will headline the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. The five-time Grammy Award winner is considered the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world as a result of her vocal prowess and her...

Gregory Porter

Critically acclaimed, jazz singer-songwriter Gregory Porter will bring his mesmerizing vocal prowess  to High Point, NC when he headlines the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. One of the most successful jazz...

Lee Ritenour

Born Lee Mack Ritenour in Los Angeles, CA, he has maintained a delicate balance between the individual creative vision and the group dynamic, since the beginning of his career. Lee Ritenour, a jazz guitar powerhouse, will perform for the 8th Annual John Coltrane...

Pete Escovedo & Sheila E

Legendary percussionist, Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous with these genres for more than 50 years. Pete is known worldwide for his live performances,...

The 2018 Coltrane Jazz All Stars

Mondre Moffett is the director of the Jazz ensemble and Black Music Studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He will lead the 2018 North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band for the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues...

Celebrate John Coltrane’s 91st Birthday

September 23, 2017 marks what would have been John William Coltrane's 91st birthday.  A North Carolina native son, Coltrane was born in Hamlet and raised in High Point where he first learned to play an instrument.   His life, recordings, and compositions continue to...

DIVAS ADD SOULFUL BLUES TO SUNDAY LINEUP!

The Gate City Divas’ debut album GOIN’ TO TOWN, hit the local music scene in March 2016.  It was met with high praise both on the streets and in the press.  The Divas will perform for the 7th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival (JCIJBF) on...

Looking Back at the 2016 Coltrane Jazz Festival

Of all the jazz festivals in North Carolina, the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival is distinct. The 2016 festival exemplified that distinction. MAGIC IN THE AIR The festival stage inspires each group who comes to perform under the banner bearing the...

SPECIAL EFX JOINS SUNDAY LINEUP!

Special EFX has five of the most daring musician in contemporary jazz, including group co-founder Chieli Minucci, seven time Grammy nominated alto saxophonist Eric Marienthal, renowned bassist Gerald Veasley, world rhythms innovator, Lao Tizer and American Idol season...