The Lakeland Jazz Festival, the oldest jazz festival in the State of Ohio, will celebrate its 47th year March 15th – 17th, in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center in the D-Building on Lakeland’s main campus at 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094.
The festival headliner is the Ralph Moore Quartet with their tribute to legendary jazz great John Coltrane. The concert is slated for Saturday, March 16th, at 8:00 p.m. As a special treat, the quartet will hold a pre-concert discussion for ticket holders from 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. hosted by WCPN radio host Dan Polletta.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students.
On Sunday, March 17th, at 4:00 p.m., the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Dave Sterner, will combine with the Duquesne University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mike Tomaro, for a Big Band Matinee. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students
Tickets can be purchased by calling 440.525.7134 or online at lakelandcc.edu/arts.
The festival also presents a unique opportunity to the jazz education community in Northeast Ohio, whereby middle and high school jazz bands and ensembles perform for adjudication. The concerts are free, open to the public, and take place throughout the day Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th.
Schools include Wickliffe High School, Chardon Middle School, Madison High School and more.
About Ralph Moore Quartet
Ralph Moore has been a heavyweight in the jazz world for decades, performing and recording with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver and Freddie Hubbard, as well as releasing several albums of his own to great acclaim. Moore was also a member of the band performing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” for 15 years. Joining him, are the all-star rhythm section of former Wynton Marsalis bass player Rodney Whitaker, Grammy Award-winning pianist Xavier Davis, and up and coming drummer Sean Dobbins.
About the Lakeland Jazz Festival
The festival was founded by retired professor and music department Chair Charles M. Frank. Lakeland’s Jazz Festival has remained true to its original mission of instilling the excitement and magic of jazz education to the younger generation of musicians. Over 30,000 middle and high school musicians from throughout the state have participated in the festival in celebration of this uniquely American art form, jazz.
About the Lakeland Community College
For more than 50 years, Lakeland Community College has impacted thousands of lives through learning. Founded in 1967, Lakeland was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to its mission, the college provides quality learning opportunities to more than 10,000 credit students to meet the needs of the community at its main campus in Kirtland, Lakeland East in Madison and online.
Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Lakeland offers more than 130 associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to high-demand careers or transfer to four-year institutions. The college also provides access to bachelor’s, graduate and doctorate degrees along with certificates and endorsements on campus through the Holden University Center of Lakeland in partnership with 11 four-year institutions.