The Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival (JJBF) has helped  preserve and cultivate the music history of Jefferson Street for the past 20 years. Although this year’s music festival looked a little different, it was no exception. More than 7,200 people from 10 states viewed the 20th annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival Celebration live through Facebook this year, after the in-person event was cancelled. 

The virtual event was hosted by Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership. It included conversations with the Nashville Convention & Visitor’s Corporation CEO  Butch Spyridon, Jazz singer Paula Chavis and NMAAM CEO H. Beecher Hicks.a It also featured  live performances from Nashville natives Bizz & Everyday People. The event raised more than $20,000 to support local businesses serving the Nashville community this year.

North Nashville’s musical roots are part of what makes our community so special. Each year, JJBF highlights black artists who have made an impact on Nashville’s music history. Past artists include: Louis York, William Davenport, DJ Chubb Rock, Valerie Simpson and more. Who do you think JJBF will feature next year?