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JAZZ & BLUES NOTICE:  Please note that due to budget cuts the Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival has been canceled for 2013 and the foreseeable future.  The information below is from last year's event.

Award-Winning National Acts Headline 29th Annual Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival April 14-15, 2012

Glendale’s award-winning Jazz & Blues Festival will feature an equally phenomenal lineup of headlining acts when music takes center stage in downtown Glendale April 14-15.

Glendale’s two-day music festival, its 29th annual in fact, always brings in well-known national and regional acts to headline the entertainment that incorporates tremendous local acts, as well.


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Carmen Lundy

On the jazz stage rounding out the entertainment Saturday evening, from 8:30-10 p.m., is Carmen Lundy. Most recently recording her twelfth album, according to The New York Daily News, “Lundy is one of those rare performers who does it all: She sings, plays multiple instruments, and…except for one song — “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” — Lundy penned all of the tunes on her latest project, now No. 5 on the JazzWeek radio charts. She composed several numbers on guitar, a new instrument among the many she plays.”

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Kenny Garrett Quartet

The jazz headliner for Sunday night, 4:30-6 p.m., will be the Kenny Garrett Quartet. Garrett, a Grammy-Award winning American post bop jazz saxophonist and flautist, gained fame as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Miles Davis' band as a young man. His prolific career has produced nearly 20 albums.

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Bernard Allison Group

The blues performer rocking the stage on Saturday night will be the Bernard Allison Group, from 8:30-10 p.m. Legacy Bernard Allison totes the same smokin’ six string shooter that his late father Luther Allison assaulted the blues with; and he is blessed with his father’s soulful voice, spiritual devotion and a musical freedom, which experiments with the blues.

Billboard  Magazine says  “Bernard Allison’s debut album for Tone Cool, 2000′s Across the Water, was a U.S. breakout release for the talented guitarist. With Storms of Life, Allison shows that the powerhouse blues/rock sound that characterized its predecessor is an integral part of his repertoire…Allison is in top form; expect career-defining albums from him for the rest of the decade.”

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Marcia Ball

On Sunday evening, Marcia Ball takes the stage from 4:30-6 p.m. showing off her roadhouse-rhythm-and-blues-party style. Ball's groove-laden New Orleans boogie and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. The Boston Herald says, "Ball plays masterful, red hot tracks from the Texas-Louisiana border. Her voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker."


The Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival will run noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. Admission is free. Historic Downtown Glendale is located at 58th and Glendale avenues.

The city of Glendale’s 29th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival is produced by Glendale’s Office of Special Events, and sponsored by The Arizona Republic, ABC 15, KMLE, KOOL, JAMZ, the Glendale Arts Commission, the Coyotes, Snapple, Sedona Pines, Pacific Monarch, Residence Inn and Springhill Suites.

Celebrate Glendale's Jazz & Blues Festival with Gibson Guitar Giveaway on Facebook!

We're giving away a Gibson guitar, valued at $1,800, to celebrate the 29th annual Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival April 14-15. To enter, simply ‘like’ the Arizona’s Best Festivals® page on Facebook and click on the ‘contests’ link. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on or about April 18, 2012. One entry per person. For a complete list of contest rules, visit

Need more information?

For more information, call the city of Glendale special event hotline at 623-930-2299 .

Directions to Downtown Glendale - Click here to use our new interactive and easy-to-use map to historic downtown Glendale!

The City of Glendale Public Art Program Presents: Something to Write Home About

imageSomething to Write Home About is a program of interactive performances and temporary public art projects that unfold over the two-day Annual Jazz & Blues Festival.  Twenty-eight, emerging artists present individual and collaborative projects that focus on the narrative potential of home, the culture of jazz and blues, or the community of Glendale itself. Two small, artist-made houses embody a menu of projects – one near the Blues stage and the other near the Jazz stage.  These houses serve as stage, gallery, canvas, audiovisual platform, way-finding device, narrative artifact, and communication hubs. Festival visitors engage with various aspects of the projects throughout the day, depending on individual interests and the coincidental timing of their encounters.

Participating artists: 

Ricardo Avila, Matt Blum, Angela Cazel-Jahn, Dominika Cosic-Peranovic, Anthony Desamito, Inertia DeWitt, Christian Filardo, Amy Gochoel, Sarah Ho, Riann Holsonback, Cherie Hutchinson, Jacque Innamorato, Elizabeth Johnson, Tevin King, Samantha Lee, Aimee Leon, Tea McMurray, Darci Niva, Edgar Noriega Diaz, Blake Payan, Taylor Phillips, Matt Picon, Daniel Salinas, Juno Schaser, Amanda Shochat, Emily Stergar, Justin Thomas, Bobby Zokaites

Artistic Directors: Gregory Sale and Angela Ellsworth

Angela Ellsworth and Gregory Sale are professors in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. They teach in the School of Art offering socially engaged courses including Art and Community and Intermedia Performance: Intervention and the Everyday. In 2008 they individually produced temporary public artworks for the Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival. Ellsworth has presented work nationally and internationally including the Getty Center, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney. Sale has presented work at the ASU Art Museum and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, and been recognized for public projects funded by grants including the Andy Warhol Foundation as well as a Contemporary Forum Mid-Career Artist Award through the Phoenix Art Museum. 

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