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

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,...

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...

Guest Host Dyana Williams

Broadcast legend Dyana Williams will be the guest host for the 7th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. Her career has spanned four decades as a radio broadcaster, producer of television and special events, author and media consultant. Hailing...

There’s a Jazz Festival in High Point, NC?

Yes, there is a jazz festival in High Point, NC! It is the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. It happens every year over Labor Day Weekend. This year, the 7th annual, two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3, 2017 in Oak Hollow...

Gerald Albright

You think of Gerald Albright as a great saxophone player. In fact, the Grammy Award nominated artist is a multi-instrumentalist who also plays bass, keyboards and flute. Albright will make his second appearance at the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues...

Jonathan Butler

Guitarist, singer/songwriter Jonathan Butler’s music has had a major impact in the gospel arena as it has within the contemporary jazz world. He will perform with saxophonist Gerald Albright on Saturday, September 2, 2017 for the first day of the Coltrane Jazzfest....