After dodging a financial bullet that nearly led to its cancellation, Birmingham's Community House Jazzfest was able to cobble together enough private and corporate sponsors to put together a 16th year in the city's Shain Park.
Things kick off at 6 p.m. Friday (July 18) with, well, a bid for more money with a fundraising kick-off on the Community House's Van Dusen Terrace. The $75 ticket includes a strolling supper and a performance by Carl Cafagna & North Star Jazz. The public portion of Jazzfest begins at 11 a.m. Saturday (July 19) with a children's show by Stephanie J and Mitch Mann's Band before the Cuban jazz troupe Tumbao Bravo takes the stage at 1 p.m., followed by Cafagna and his group at 2:30 p.m., the Johnny O'Neal Trio at 4 p.m., the Joey DeFranceso Trio at 5:45 p.m. and the Bobby Lyle/Paul Jackson Jr. Project at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday's (July 19) program begins at 1 p.m. with the Motor City Jazz Quintet, made up of Detroit area musical students. Jesse Palter sings at 2:30 p.m., preceding the University of Toledo Faculty Jazz Ensemble at 4 p.m., Joe McBride at 5:45 p.m. and Jazzfest artistic director Alexander Zonjic & Friends, with Nelson Rangell and the Motor City Horns.
All shows except tonight's fundraising gala are free. For information call (248) 644-5832 or visit www.communityhouse.com.