40th Annual Flint Jazz Festival Returns Featuring National Headliners and Local Artists

FLINT, MI – The 40th Annual Flint Jazz Festival brings a variety of world-class musicians to downtown Flint this week.

Flint Jazz Festival festivities presented by the Greater Flint Arts Council will fill the streets of downtown from Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, July 31.

Greg Fiedler, President and CEO of the Greater Flint Arts Council, said their headliners are not to be missed.

The festival kicks off July 27 at 7 p.m. with American singer and songwriter Peabo Bryson performing at the Capitol Theater. The council is offering a deal with the purchase of a concert ticket, according to a press release about the event’s lineup.

Harold Hill, chief operating officer of GFAC, which has run the event for about 10 years, told MLive-The Flint Journal that they expanded the festival to include a few days before the actual concert at Riverbank Park.

“This year will be one of the best jazz festivals for Flint with the national headliners,” Hill said. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while. We just thought it might be something the community – not just Flint, but its surrounding area – would be open to coming out and supporting.

The traditional JAZZWALK will take place in five venues downtown on Thursday evening. JAZZWALK 2022 venues include White Horse Tavern, Cork on Saginaw, Xolo, Market Tap, as well as Sauce and Simmer at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The weekend at Riverbank Park persists in a lineup of some of the most renowned musicians in jazz history as well as a mix of local and regional artists. The local mix will include the University of Michigan Jazz Band.

Guitarist Lee Ritenour, pianist Bob James and flautist Alexander Zonjic will be the national headliners of the sound.

“COVID shut us down in 2020 and we took it back in 2021. We had a big festival last year and we just want to get the momentum back,” Hill said. “There was still a lot of pent up demand for a lot of jazz fans here in and around the Flint area. We want to feed this appetite and find the rhythm.

“People can go out and see live jazz and some of the best jazz musicians in the world right here in Flint. We just hope that Flint can be recognized as one of the places people can come to see world-class jazz.

For more information on tickets and the 40th Annual Flint Jazz Festival, visit here or contact GFAC.

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