Annual festival returns Blues, R&B, Jazz and Funk to Jefferson Street and Downtown Nashville areas.
The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) is pleased to announce its 18th Annual Jefferson St. Jazz & Blues Festival (JJBF) to be held June 15th and 16th. Friday’s “Bridging the Gap Mixer: A SoBro Block Party,” will be held at 5th and Demonbreun again, between the Music City Center and the Omni/Country Music Hall of Fame complex on June 15th. Friday’s event will feature performances from JJBF alums William Davenport and Wendell “Bizz” Bigsby-Church & Everyday People as well as special guest, and celebrity DJ, Kid Capri. The festival will continue Saturday, June 16th, at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall Amphitheater featuring the S.O.S Band, an R&B group with over two-million record sales and numerous hits, as this year’s headlining act. Additional acts are being confirmed and chosen from an active ‘call for bands’ process that will allow JJBF an opportunity to select five acts to round out the Saturday show.
“J.U.M.P. is incredibly excited to continue providing a diverse, bold and energetic sound within the downtown Music City scene and on Jefferson St.,” explained Sharon W. Hurt, president and CEO of J.U.M.P.. “Nashville is known for Country but we have been home to soul-filled sounds for years. Hosting JJBF showcases the many facets of Nashville’s music scene and we are elated to be a part of it.”
Singer-songwriter Will Davenport has been lauded as a true balladeer and musical prodigy. His unique sound and undeniable talent continues to pave the road for him in the music industry. Having shared the stage with music legends in gospel, R&B, and jazz, Davenport was recently spotlighted in BET’s Music Matters campaign.
Wendell “Bizz” Bigsby-Church is an accomplished artist and songwriter who has played on Nashville stages and shows around the country for more than 15 years. Bizz and Katrice Donaldson brought Everyday People together in 2011. Bizz is the son of famed-performer, Jimmy Church, who played on Jefferson Street in its heyday.
Unmatched by any other, DJ Kid Capri’s energy earned him the title as the most relentless, most relied upon to rock a party, most dynamic and larger-than-life DJ in the history of Hip-Hop. Kid Capri brings with him a crowd-hyping type of entertainment. If people are sitting when he hits the stage they are sure to be out of their seats and feeling the music by the end.
Since their debut single, “Take Your Time (Do It Right)”, the S.O.S Band (Sounds of Success) has had two-million in sales and has been on music charts for years. Working with producer Leon Sylvers III and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, the band recorded hits like “High Hopes,” “Just Be Good to Me” and “Tell Me if You Still Care.” Gaining fame in the 1980s, the S.O.S. Band is best known as an R&B and Electro-Funk group with smooth vocals music that makes you groove.
J.U.M.P is excited to announce its 2018 Presenting Sponsor is the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation. Additional confirmed sponsors include the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Coca-Cola Bottling.
Ticket prices for this year’s events are as follows:
Saturday General Admission: $20
Saturday VIP*: $30
Day of Event Purchase
|Weekend Package – Entry For Both Days
Advance Purchase Only
General Admission: $35
*VIP: Advance Purchase Only and includes preferred seating, drink specials and other amenities.
Every year J.U.M.P. recognizes those who have made a positive impact in the North Nashville community by presenting them with a Candlelight Award. To be a recipient of the award one must not only demonstrate a passion for the betterment of our community, but also take physical actions through initiative or programs they are personally involved in or support. This years recipients include:
Phyllis Hildreth, First Lady of Meharry, Academic Director of the Institute for Conflict Management & Associate Professor at Lipscomb University, as well as an Adjunct Professor for Lipscomb’s Institute for Law, Justice & Society, Former J.U.M.P. Board member and Jefferson Street Business Owner
Joe Hall, President & CEO of Hall Strategies, a former member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors. Nashville Post has regularly named Joe to its “In Charge” list of Middle Tennessee business, political and civic power brokers and is a longtime supporter of J.U.M.P., North Nashville and Jefferson Street initiatives
Linda McClellan, Reach 2020 – Brings Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health is a community health initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based on Jefferson Street.
Join us in honoring our Candlelight recipients at our 2017 Christmas Extravaganza!
At J.U.M.P. we are passionate about preserving the musical soul of Jefferson St. In 2015 we launched the Jeffersonian Award, given to an individual who embodies and embraces the unique characteristics of Jefferson St. and North Nashville through music. This award highlights the musical heritage of our beloved Jefferson St.
This year, J.U.M.P. is pleased to recognize Leonard H. Morton, Sr. as our Jeffersonian Award recipient. Morton, a Chicago native, served in the 118th Army GF Jazz Ensemble and the Tennessee State University Jazz Band, in the late 1940’s and early 50’s. During the years of his undergraduate and graduate studies, Morton looked to music to provide a supplemental income for his young, growing family.
Because of the times, many black musicians were confined to performing in ‘their’ own areas/night clubs. Blind to the adversities, The Leonard Morton Trio secured their first ‘regularly’ scheduled gig at the New Era Club on Charlotte Ave. and went on to play at clubs on Jefferson – including:
It was at the most prominent of these, the Del Morocco, that Morton met Theodore “Uncle Teddy” Acklen, the owner, Tennessee State College graduate and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. There the trio preformed for audience members for over 3 years. In 1966, other jobs/gigs were beginning to become available for black musicians, leading The Leonard Morton Trio to a nine-year session at Nero’s Cactus Canyon, in South Nashville.
After receiving both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from Tennessee State University, he went on to begin his teaching career at Wilson County High School in Lebanon, Tennessee. Upon leaving Wilson County High School in 1957, the City of Lebanon declared a “Leonard Morton Day,” for a ‘job well done’ and as a ‘thank you’ for having a passion and commitment to training and developing young people in the field of music.
Continuing in education, Leonard served as the Director of Bands at Cameron High School in Nashville, TN (1961-1969), Supervisor of Music for Elementary Schools, for Metro Nashville Public School System, and was the first African American appointed to serve as Director of Music Education.
Receiving awards from the National Community of Kappa Alpha Psi (Nashville Chapter and the State of Tennessee), Alpha Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Established the “Leonard Morton Scholarship” in recognition of the many years of service by assisting their chapter in raising funds for scholarships.) and from The Pearl Cameron Community Choir, Leonard Morton Sr. has a long history with the Nashville community and along the Jefferson St corridor.
North Nashville will once again have a direct connection to Downtown Nashville! Last week, the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) launched the expansion of the FREE Music City Circuit – Green Route (which as of Oct. 1 now includes the entire Jefferson St. corridor.) Our President and CEO, Sharon Hurt, was proud to represent North Nashville as she joined Mayor Megan Barry, Transit Authority Board Chair, Gail Williams and the entire MTA team for the press conference.
Watch Sharon Hurt’sNews Channel 5 interview with Steve Hayslip here.