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Invites you to join Us For the 7th Annual South Bend Jazz Festival!

Mark your calendar for this fun event.
Friday October 5th, 2018 - Saturday October 6th, 2018
at the Century Center –Great Hall or outside, weather permitting

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th & 6th, 2018 at Century Center


7th Annual South Bend Jazz Festival

Party to World Class Jazz, from funky to classic to world and everything in between. Our performers are coming from England, Holland and across the USA. Savor craft brew and great eats!

Welcome to the 7th Annual South Bend Jazz Festival, being held outside, on the island at the Century Center or inside the Great Hall, if weather dictates.

For over 7 years, we aimed to build a world class Jazz and Music Festival right here in our own hometown of South Bend, Indiana. We started outside the Morris Center, seven years ago at Jon Hunt Plaza. Two years ago we moved to the Century Center after their generous offer to partner with us.

This will be a fun event where you can meet your friends, make new ones, while also enjoying the breathtaking view of the St. Joseph River; while hearing exciting music you haven't seen before, sample tantalizing food and brew!

On Thursday, we kick off with Festival Club Night at Merriman’s Playhouse, 1211 Mishawaka Ave, South Bend, featuring the hot jazz group,“JACKNIFE: The Music of Jackie McLean”. (Tickets available at Merriman’s)

From 5pm till 11pm on Friday, enjoy our artists, chosen for their talent and energy to keep the party going and dazzle the jazz and music enthusiast. This evening has a local emphasis as we present the Clay High School Band, Mishawaka Jazz Choir, Notre Dame Jazz Band and the South Bend Jazz Festival All Stars, with musical director Kevin Scott Joiner and: GABRIEL HERNANDEZ, KEITH EMERSON, BRENDAN CANE, ANNA MILES, LEONARDO CARDOZO, PRISCILLA PHILLIPS, JACQUODA.

On Saturday, we start at 5:00 p.m.and continue to party till 11:00 p.m. After, we move to Vegetable Buddies (two blocks away from Century Center) for the festival jam session starting at 11pm and going till the wee hours.

Foster/Tidaback/Turner will be bringing new music and arrangements to great classic standards you will remember from your lifetime. Look for great solos and compositions. Featuring Billy Foster, Darrel Tidaback, Turner, Don Lerman, Carl Coan

Diane Delin, violinist, composer and recording artist will show her elegance and expertise (Jazz Times Magazine) and improvisations of considerable style (LA Times), as this winner of 4 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll “Rising Star” awards graces our stage.

Dutch duo Bastian Steven (vocals) and guitar wonder (voted best guitarist in Holland) Niels Onstenk are coming from The Netherlands, performing music from both their albums. We are in for a Dutch Treat!

Legendary producer and performer, Norman Connors graces us with his special way of performing Rhythm and blues/jazz and pop to South Bend. He is bringing his talented band to play his monster R&B and Jazz hits that have appeared on the Billboard chart over the last 40 years, as well as new songs from fall release concentrating on his 40 year celebration in the field of music.

Danny Lerman His latest appearances have taken him to the Jakarta Jazz Festival; solo concerts in Bali and Holland; an appearance with international dance artist CeCe Peniston; Danny will perform new music inspired by his latest travels, from his upcoming album at the festival.

At 11pm till 3:00 am Saturday eve, go to our Festival Jazz Session at Vegetable Buddies, South Bend.

South Bend Jazz Festival Performance Schedule

Friday October 5th, 2018 - Saturday October 6th, 2018
Friday (TICKETS $15 ADVANCE | $18 AT DOOR)
Saturday (TICKETS $15 ADVANCE | $18 AT DOOR)
Or Both nights for $25

Kids under 12 free

Thursday, October 4th
  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Club Night at Merriman’s Playhouse (1211 Mishawaka Ave, South Bend) with Jacknife (tickets available at Merriman’s)
Friday, October 5th
  • 5:30 pm - Clay High School Jazz Band
  • 6:35 pm - Clay High School Jazz Choir
  • 8:15 pm - Notre Dame Jazz Band - Director Larry Dwyer
  • 9:40 pm - South Bend Jazz Festival All Stars featuring Kevin Scott Joiner M.D.
Saturday, October 6th
  • 5:00 pm - Foster/Tidaback/Turner Quintet featuring Don Lerman and Carl Coan
  • 6:10 pm - Diane Delin Quartet
  • 7:20 pm - Bastian Steven/Niels Onstenk
  • 8:30 pm - Norman Connors
  • 10:00 pm - The Danny Lerman Experience
  • 11:00 pm - 3:00 am Festival Jam Session hosted by and performing, Sam Que at Vegetable Buddies, 129 N Michigan St, South Bend, IN (free for festival attendees, others pay just $5)


South Bend Jazz FestivalFeatured Artists

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  • Notre Dame Jazz Band directed by Larry Dwyer
  • Clay High School Jazz Band


South Bend Jazz FestivalPresenting Sponsors

South Bend Jazz FestivalGold Partners

South Bend Jazz FestivalSilver Partners

South Bend Jazz FestivalBronze Partners

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South Bend Jazz Festival2018 Tickets

Tickets are $15.00 available now ($18.00 at the door).

Children under 12 free

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Danny Lerman
Executive Producer

Ralph Lampkin

For booking, sponsor or any other questions contact us at info@southbendjazzfestival.com.