Jazz Legacy Project

Festival Hall in Greensboro is offering discounted rates for the three remaining shows of its Jazz Legacy Series this year, available as a package online at festi- valhallga.com only until March 22.

Festival Hall hosted the first of its 2024 Jazz Legacy Series, “Dave Brubeck, Time Out,” to a nearly sold-out crowd Feb. 8, and many who missed out on the Holiday Season Pass have requested an opportunity to purchase a pass for the remaining shows.

“I had so many people ask at the Brubeck show for a way to buy the last three show tickets as a bundle, so we created a way to purchase a season pass for the last three shows: Nat ‘King’ Cole, Charlie Parker, and Ella Fitzgerald,” Festival Hall Executive Director Nicole Chillemi explained. “Apparently, Greensboro is learning about and loving jazz, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

In February, guest pianist Noel Friedline stunned the Festival Hall crowd with a rousing performance of Brubeck’s compositions. And as usual, drummer and bandleader Justin Varnes continued his top-notch and hilarious delivery about the featured artist’s life and contributions to the jazz canon.

Next up for the Jazz Legacy Project Series is “Nat ‘King’ Cole, Unforgettable,” featuring vocalist Cleveland P. Jones at 7:30 p.m. May 23, with tickets going on sale March 29. The Jazz Legacy Project will highlight the music of Charlie Parker Aug. 22, and will cap off its 2024 Jaxx Legacy Series with Ella Fitzgerald Oct. 10, featuring actor and vocalist Maria Howell. Each program lasts approximately 90 minutes, intending to bring the casual jazz listener inside the minds and music of the most influential and interesting American musicians of all time. The life and music of each artist/composer is entertainingly narrated by Varnes, and seminal jazz pieces are played to illuminate the narration. These are not tribute concerts in the sense that musicians are trying to recreate original performances; instead, they are intended to celebrate the essence and accomplishments of each featured artist.

Three-show series passes are on sale now through March 22 at festivalhallga.com and corporate sponsorship opportunities remain available for The Jazz Legacy Project Series with a variety of promotional opportunities for local and regional businesses. Contact Chillemi at nicole@festivalhallga.com or call 762-243-8022 for more information.