The 20th annual Selby Ave JazzFest will take place from 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM on Saturday, September 11th at the intersection of Selby and Milton in St. Paul. For more information, interested parties can visit the event’s website at selbyavejazzfest.com or Facebook page. Admission is free.
Mychael Wright, founder of the Selby Ave JazzFest and owner of Golden Thyme Coffee Café, recently announced the performing artist lineup for the 2021 Selby Ave JazzFest
“2021 marks JazzFest’s twentieth anniversary,” said Wright. “We’re very excited, especially because we’ll be back on Selby Avenue where the event belongs.”
Wright said this year’s festival will be one to remember, celebrating “New Orleans traditional jazz and as well as dynamite Latin and Cuban jazz.”
Performing on the US Bank Main Stage, the 2021 Selby Ave JazzFest lineup will feature:
- Nachito Herrera and His Habana Jazz Social Club All-Stars: Headlining this year’s Fest will be multi-music award winner Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera, who will be supported by a group of Latin jazz all-stars. “Last September, our 2020 virtual Fest featured an incredible performance from Nachito,” said Wright. “At that time, he said, ‘Hey, 2021 is JazzFest’s 20th anniversary. 2021 also marks my 20th anniversary in Minnesota. Let’s make this a big deal!’ He is an amazing artist, and we are very proud to feature him and his band for our twentieth anniversary.”
Selby Ave Brass Band:A JazzFest tradition, this group of local musicians will again kick off the Fest with a traditional New Orleans procession as well as perform another set later in the afternoon. The group is led by Tom Wells, tubist, arranger & composer and music educator in the Twin Cities area and features a number of great Twin Cities musicians.
- Brio Brass: Formed of over 50 adult musicians, Brio Brass is a non-traditional, rockin’ brass band has delighted and entertained audiences throughout Minnesota’s Twin Cities Metro area since 1999. Members of the ensemble bring a wealth of experience and talent to their unique performances.
- Walker|West Music Academy All-Stars: This group will feature upper-level students and staff from this famed music academy performing a variety of songs including traditional and progressive jazz standards. “As we have for 20 years, it’s important to give the genre’s future a place to play,” said Wright. “Braxton Haulcy and all the folks at Walker West do such a great job and they are such a vital part of our neighborhood.”
Besides free performances, JazzFest features a variety of food vendors, family activities, and live artist demonstrations. “We’re working hard to make sure there’s plenty to do to for folks to make a full day of it,” said Wright.
The Selby Ave JazzFest is supported by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment, The City of St. Paul’s Cultural STAR Program, AARP (Co-Presenting Sponsor), U.S. Bank (2021 Main Stage Sponsor), Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (2021 Family Fun Zone Sponsor), Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Central Selby, UCare, Rondo Community Land Trust, Mississippi Market Co-op, , WFNU 94.1-Frogtown Radio, Old National Bank, and St. Paul Pioneer Press.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.