by Mike Breen
The classic, long-running Cincinnati Jazz series returns to Eden Park tonight
One of the oldest free series of its kind in the region, the It’s Commonly Jazz
showcases have now been running for 28 years, presenting marquee
artists like Eddie Harris, McCoy Tyner, Javon Jackson and David
The free series — running every Thursday in August (lucky
Jazz fans get five events this year) — returns to the outdoor Seasongood
Pavilion in Eden Park tonight. The opening show features renowned
saxophonist Craig Bailey.
Nice interview from Greece with Bailey:
Here is the rest of the It’s Commonly Jazz lineup for 2013:
Trinidad-born Etienne Charles, acclaimed for his mix of island rhythms and Jazz, plays Aug. 8.
Charles jazzing up Marley:
Young tenor sax wiz J.D. Allen performs at the Aug. 15 show.
Allen and his trio play "The Matador and the Bull":
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/actor Gregory Porter on
Aug. 22, presented with Learning Through the Arts, Inc. as part of the
Crown Jewels of Jazz Heritage Festival. For tickets to (and more info on) the
Crown Jewels fest — running at various venues in Over-the-Rhine and Mt.
Adams Aug. 21-24 — click here. Here's LTtA's Kathy Wade explaining the festival:
Gregory Porter's official music video for "Be Good (Lion's Song)":
For the finale, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, who will be joined by his group of young Jazz lions, Wolfpack, comes to the ICJ stage on Aug. 29.
Warren Wolf's video biography:
Music runs 6-8 p.m. For complete info, visit itscommonlyjazz.com.