May Music kicks off with Jazzfest

There are many wonderful musical events happening in our area this month, starting today. Let’s start with Allentown’s Jazzfest.

Jazzfest in Allentown, which I mentioned in yesterday’s post, is offering a week’s worth of free and ticketed concerts at multiple venues. Today, Sunday, May 1st at 3 p.m., the Allentown Band plays an all jazz program at Zion UCC “Liberty Bell” Church, 620 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown (tickets are $10).

Wednesday, May 4th, the Fusion Jazz Trio performs outside at the Bell Hall Stage, 612 W. Hamilton Street. This free concert begins at 5:30 p.m. The Dieruff High School Jazz Band is also giving a free concert at The Dime, 12 N 7th Street, Allentown, on Thursday, May 5th from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Billy’s Downtown Diner hosts the soprano sax player and composer Patrick McGee along with his Quartet on Friday night, May 6th from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (free). Saturday afternoon, May 7th, 2016, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bell Hall Stage, the B.D. Lenz Trio offers an “eclectic mix of jazz standards, original music, and pop classics” (free).

Jazz comes to West Park, 1550 W. Turner Street (weather permitting) with Noches de Ritmo from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (free). Noches de Ritmo features local groups playing music from merengue to salsa to bolero, featuring Hector Rosado and Orq Hach (5 – 6:30 p.m.) and The Jeff “Taom” Watts Quartet ( 7 – 8:30 p.m.)

Jazzfest ends on Sunday, May 8th, with three concerts, beginning with Chris Cummings Trio at 11 a.m. at The Dime, 12 N 7th Street, followed by The Eric Mintel Quartet, 3 p.m. at the Samuels Theater, 100 College Drive (Cedar Crest College), and at 5 p.m. at Billy’s Downtown Diner, 840 W. Hamilton Street , the Bryan Tuk Complex closes out the night and the week.

There are a few more concerts interspersed throughout the week in Allentown as part of Jazzfest that I ran out of time to mention.


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