"It’s Commonly Jazz" is not only one of the best and longest running free Jazz concert series in the region; it's also one of the “greenest” music events in the Midwest.
The series — which, in its 25-year-history, has showcased superstars and legends like McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Eddie Harris and David “Fathead” Newman — features numerous eco-friendly aspects: programs are on recyclable paper, T-shirts are made with organic material and soy-based ink, water bottles are available to refill (and bring back weekly), bussing and carpooling are encouraged and, during intermission, fans can learn other ways to “live green.” Al Gore would be proud.
The sustainable approach is hopefully something that catches on with other festival promoters locally. The musical lineup, as usual, is strong enough to make other Jazz series green with envy.
This week, gifted pianist William Menefield performs a homecoming show with his trio. Menefield was a local Jazz wunderkind, releasing his first album as a teen, and he’s now earning his Doctorate in music composition at the University of Texas in Austin.
"It’s Commonly Jazz" runs each Thursday in August (rounding out the lineup are the Tia Fuller Quartet, Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets and all-star local ensemble Jada) at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park. The free shows start at 6 p.m.
Go here for show and venue details.