Featured Performances @ the 10th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival 

Grammy award winning trumpeter Chris Botti headlines Coltrane Jazz Fest 2021 opening day! Chris Botti Kurt Elling
Chris Botti

Chris Botti

Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Chris Botti will headline the opening day of the 10th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.  About Chris Botti Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD...

Coltrane Jazzfest Presents Its Inaugural Livestream!

Coltrane Jazzfest Presents Its Inaugural Livestream!

Keyboardist and composer Lao Tizer will lead his band that features GRAMMY Award winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal and the mesmerizing world music violinist Karen Briggs in a concert to benefit the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival’s Student...

Congratulations To Our Winners!

Congratulations To Our Winners!

Members of the Friends of John Coltrane, Inc. announce the 2020 Student Instrument Essay Contest winners to celebrate the birthday of John Coltrane, saxophonist, composer, jazz icon and High Point, NC native son! September 23rd would have been Trane's 94th birthday....

Remembering Coltrane…

Remembering Coltrane…

Guest Blog by Nancy Bowman This year is one for the history books.  Fall is upon us and we are daily trying to anticipate what’s ahead.  Looking to last year, in High Point, we'd be talking about the 9th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues...

10th Anniversary Festival Rescheduled: Sept 4-5, 2021

10th Anniversary Festival Rescheduled: Sept 4-5, 2021

As we in our local and national community contend with the extraordinary set of circumstances from the social upheaval engulfing the country and the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic, the decision has been made to postpone the 10th Annual John Coltrane International...

Student Musicians, It’s Time To Write!

Student Musicians, It’s Time To Write!

With schools closed and young people doing distance learning at home, student musicians have more time each day to practice.  If they are not, it may be because their instrument isn’t in the best shape. That can be frustrating to anyone. It can be an obstacle for a...

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling, winner of the 2021 GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, will be the featured performer for day-two of the 10th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. The current win is for the 2020 release Secrets Are the Best...

The 2020 Coltrane Jazzfest Will Happen!

The 2020 Coltrane Jazzfest Will Happen!

There is a special feeling that permeates Oak Hollow Festival Park in High Point, NC each year when the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival is held.  If you’ve ever attended, you have felt it. We are channeling that positive feeling as we look ahead....

2020: Coltrane Jazzfest 10th Anniversary

2020: Coltrane Jazzfest 10th Anniversary

We ask your help at this time of the year. Go to the Donate page and make a tax deductible contribution. If you would like to meet to discuss the Festival and how the event can help promote your business, please call us at (336) 819-5299.

2019 Festival Review

2019 Festival Review

The new year 2020 will mark our 10th anniversary of bringing live jazz and blues performed by the world's top musical artists. So, we take a moment to look back at the last festival through the words of Scott Homewood who attended on Sunday, Sept. 1st and wrote the...

Dyana Williams Returns to Host 2019 Coltrane Jazzfest

Dyana Williams Returns to Host 2019 Coltrane Jazzfest

This is the third year Dyana Williams will host the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. She has been very busy since she was last here in 2018. A music activist, celebrity strategist  and broadcaster, she returns as the national host for the 9th...

Tour Coltrane’s Childhood Home While You’re In High Point, N.C.

The house where John Coltrane and his family lived as a child will be open for tours during the weekend of the Coltrane Jazz Festival. A historical marker will be dedicated at the home on 118 Underhill Street, High Point, NC in a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019...

Traffic Alert

Traffic Alert

Because of road construction, there will be NO left turns into the venue. All cars must make a right turn into the park. We encourage attendees to enter from the north side of the venue by taking I-40 to Highway 68 or by taking Wendover Avenue to Highway 68.  If you...

Jazz Threefold

Jazz Threefold

When vocalist Michelle Coltrane performs at this year’s John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival she will be backed by the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra and joined by High Point, native son Jason Palmer.  It’s a threefold music experience rare for jazz...

Touched and Touched By…

Touched and Touched By…

A music festival like the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival in High Point, NC often gets overlooked for the significant avenues of exposure to jazz history it provides. This year that significance increases exponentially with the scheduled...

Owning An Instrument Changes Lives

Owning An Instrument Changes Lives

"I had never held a horn until middle school night before I started sixth grade.  That night, the band teacher had the band room open to allow interested students to try different instruments.  I knew that I wanted to play in the band, but I had not decided...

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