Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival

J.U.M.P. (Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership) holds the Annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival, showcasing jazz & blues and celebrating the musical heritage of Jefferson Street each year. This tradition has taken place since 2001 with the event kicking off with the Bridging the Gap Mixer.

J.U.M.P. is converting this summer’s Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival to a virtual event. To celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary, a virtual concert featuring live music performances honoring the impact of diverse music in Music City (during Black Music Month) will be held on June 20 at 8:00 pm via Facebook Live.

On June 20 listeners can join the festival’s virtual 20th anniversary celebration, ‘JJBF Platinum: Black Music Month Edition’ hosted by Councilwoman Sharon W. Hurt. The event will offer music performances streamed free on Facebook Live, featuring interviews with the Nashville Convention & Visitor Center’s Butch Spyridon, Lovenoise’s Eric Holt, famed performer Jimmy Church, jazz singer Paula Chavis, and Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Lori Meacham.

Donations collected during the virtual event will support J.U.M.P., whose office was condemned after the March 3 tornado, as well as other businesses on Jefferson Street affected by the devastating weather earlier this year.

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Past headliners include:

  • 2020 – JJBF Platinum: Black Music Month Edition

  • 2019 – Chubb Rock and Valerie Simpson

  • 2018 – The S.O.S. Band
  • 2017 – Rose Royce and Shirley Murdock
  • 2016 – Lakeside Band and Midnight Star
  • 2015 – Angela Winbush and Phil Perry
  • 2014 – Denise LaSalle
  • 2013 – Freddie Jackson