The 8th annual Holiday Jazz Stroll is set for Friday, December 7, featuring live jazz music by five different bands each playing in one of five different venues in a two-block area of Clarksburg, West Virginia’s business district.
According to event organizers, the bands’ starting times are staggered so patrons (“strollers”) can enjoy a one-hour performance by each of the ensembles at various times between 6pm and midnight. No admission charge is planned for any of the performances by any of the venues.
“Each band will play three one-hour sets with brief breaks, so if someone is particularly ambitious, they can catch each of the event’s five artists for just one hour by moving from venue to venue,” said Rose Ann Policano, Vice President of the West Virginia Jazz Society, the non-profit that develops and promotes two Jazz Stroll events each year in Clarksburg. “Or if someone is enjoying one particular band, they can stick around for all three sets.”
Early shows will feature Franks and Maynard in Fifth Floor Lounge while Minor Swing will entertain in the Aquarium Lounge. The other early show band is The Daybreakers featuring vocalist and trombonist, Rick Lillard, in Kelly’s Pub. Each of the early show acts will appear at 6pm, 7:15pm and 8:30pm.
The Keystone Jazz Collective featuring Reggie Watkins will perform in Washington Square at 7:15pm, 8:30pm and 9::45pm. The late night action will be in The Main Street Café with the Pittsburgh-based Afro Yaqui Music Collective beginning at 8:30pm, with two more sets following at 9:45pm and 11pm.
For more details, see the event schedule and planner on the WVJS website, WVJazzSociety.com.