Get ready Nanaimo! The 2nd annual Nanaimo International Jazz Festival is happening September 21 to 23. For 3 days and nights Nanaimo’s downtown will be hopping with the beats and grooves of live jazz. The Festival will bring live Jazz to the Diana Krall Plaza, as well as the Port Theatre, downtown eateries and public spaces throughout the 3-day event.
Traveling all the way from New York City is the “Charles Mingus Dynasty Quintet” to headline the Festival’s main attraction at the Port Theatre Saturday night. There will be jazz goings-on for all ages, from ticketed events to many FREE live performances occurring all weekend long.
Some of our favourites happening again this year is the Friday night Jazz & Swing Dance featuring the NMA Band and Saturday afternoon’s New Orleans-style “secondline” parade starting off in the Old City Quarter – both of which you don’t want to miss!
Kicking off Sunday morning’s program, we have the Freedom Gospel Choir featuring Shalema Gantt and to end this year’s festival a closing All Star Gala concert at the Port Theatre late afternoon.
Check out www.nanaimojazzfest.ca and Nanaimo International Jazz Festival on Facebook for tickets, a detailed event calendar, information on the musicians and more…
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