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Hampton Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Lineup Announced
03/21/2017 - #176

Hampton, Va. – The 50th Anniversary Hampton Jazz Festival announced the lineup of artists to appear at this monumental event.  The Festival will take place over a 3-day period at the Hampton Coliseum – June 23, 24 & 25.

Friday’s show features two of the greatest “neo-soul” artists of all time. Festival favorite Jill Scott – and everyone’s favorite KEM.  Between them they will mark a fitting opening tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Hampton Jazz Festival. In keeping with the name “Jazz” – the Friday show will also have the enormously popular Brian Culbertson – and the fantastic duo of Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler.

Saturday’s show – while not complete, promises to be one of the best ever. Returning after several years will be Anthony Hamilton – another very important “neo-soul” artist. And appearing for the umpteenth time will be the Mighty Mighty O’Jays – probably one of the 3 or 4 most favored artists in the history of the Festival. Tipping back to the “Jazz” scale will be the West Coast Jam – comprised of the fabulous trio of Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and Rick Braun. The Festival will be announcing shortly one more artist to round out the Saturday night show.

Sunday’s show is nothing short of an all-star tribute to the 50 years of the Hampton Jazz Festival. Probably the 2 most favorite acts at the Festival ever – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Patti Labelle are sure to bring back memories from long-ago Festivals. And speaking of long-ago Festivals – Ramsey Lewis will be appearing at the 50th Hampton Jazz Festival and he also appeared at the very first Festival back in 1968. Rounding out the Sunday show will be local blues legend Bobby “BlackHat” Walters.

Friday, June 23, 2017 7:30 PM

Jill Scott


Brian Culbertson

Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler

Saturday, June 24, 2017 7:00 PM

Anthony Hamilton

The O’Jays

West Coast Jam featuring Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and Rick Braun

One Artist TBA


Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00 PM

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Patti LaBelle

Ramsey Lewis

Bobby “BlackHat” Walters

*Artists subject to change


Tickets to the 50th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival are priced at $74.50 per seat, per day, plus applicable fees. Tickets are available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at the Hampton Coliseum Box Office. Additional festival information is available online at www.HamptonJazzFestival.com


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