Richmond Jazz Festival returns to Maymont Aug. 8-9
6/16/2015, 11:40 a.m. | Updated on 6/16/2015, 11:40 a.m.
Richmond once again is hosting some of the top jazz, neo-soul and rhythm and blues artists at the 6th Annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont.
More than 30 performers are scheduled to perform outdoors Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9, at Maymont in the city’s West End.
Iconic 1980s R&B group New Edition is headlining, as well as Natalie Cole, Lauryn Hill, Macy Gray and Anthony Hamilton, according to Johnson Inc., the Richmond marketing firm coordinating the event.
Other top acts include the Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, smooth saxophonists Joshua Redman and David Sanborn, jazz fusion guitarist Mark Antoine, a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock and jazz favorites Pat Martino and Kirk Whalum.
Individual tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $85; a ticket to attend both days is $160.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Maymont Foundation, Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation and the Richmond Jazz Society.
To whet musical appetites, the festival will offer several appetizer shows ahead of the main course.
On Friday, Aug. 7, “Homegrown at the Hippodrome Theater” is scheduled at the historic Jackson Ward venue at 528 N. 2nd St. An array of local and national jazz artists are scheduled to perform. Tickets are $30.
On Thursday, Aug. 6, free jazz shows are scheduled at two venues, both at 6 p.m. One is at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane, near Hermitage Road on North Side. The other is at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard.
Further festival details: Johnson Inc., (804) 644-8515 or www.JazzatMaymont.com.