KNOXVILLE, TN (March 2020) – The Women in Jazz Jam Festival returns for its 5th year – March 13 & 14, 2020. The 2-day festival will be presented in select venues in the Knoxville area. So dust off your dancing shoes and come prepared to enjoy good music, good food, adult beverages, with good company, for a good time.
Organizer and songbird Kelle Jolly created the festival to give female artists a chance to shine. She realized that Knoxville has an abundance of experienced female songstresses and skilled musicians and wanted to bring them to the forefront.
Jolly is inspired and motivated when promoting jazz and jazz artists. She produces a weekly dose of local, national, and international jazz artists on the “Jazz Jam” that airs at 8 pm, Fridays, and 2 pm Sundays, on WUOT, 91.9 FM, which can also be heard online at WUOT.org.
The Women in Jazz Jam Festival (WJJF) kicks off on Friday, March 13 with events on Saturday, March 14, that include a showcase of local and featured artists.
- Friday, March 13, 2020, Alive After Five Concert Series at Knoxville Museum of Art. Doors open at 5 pm, and the music starts at 6 pm. Arrive early, as this show has been well attended. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students or members, and free for ages 17 and under.
- Saturday, March 14, WDVX’s Kidstuff, 10 am at Knoxville Visitor Center on Gay Street. Sean McCollough will host a free live performance with Kelle Jolly, Will Boyd & WJJF Friends. Akua Dixon the 2020 WJJF featured artist and headliner, will perform live at noon on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. Also on Saturday a few blocks away…
- Saturday, 2-3 pm, at Maple Hall Lounge, 414 S. Gay St, Knoxville, will be a free poetry open mic event with Rhea Sunshine & The 5th Woman.
NEW !!! Grand Finale Evening Concert
Saturday, March 14, Grand Finale Evening Concert, 5-8 pm, at Jewelry Television, 9600 Parkside Dr, Knoxville. Admission is $25, and free for ages 17 and under. VIP admission is $50 and opens at 4 pm with a pre-show party on the elegant JTV rooftop bar.
Featured artist AKUA DIXON, is a jazz cellist, composer, and bandleader, based in New York City. Her music has been described as stirring and spiritual. Dixon will be accompanied by a trio of male artists; Mark Bolingon guitar, Rusty Holloway on bass and Ken Brown on drums.
NANCY WESTMORELAND is based in Chattanooga, TN, and is from Guthrie, OK. At an early age, she played piano in church. She shares her talents by teaching piano and tutoring students after school in the Chattanooga area and also performs regionally as a solo artist, as well as with her jazz ensemble…
Knoxville based KUKULY AND THE GYPSY FUEGO, is an acoustic ensemble that plays Hot Jazz. Their extensive repertoire plays jazz that knows no borders. Music inspired by legendary French Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, and jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. bossa novas, waltzes, Tangos, Latin songs and other vintage-jazz sources done in uniquely arranged styles making this band’s shows fun and energetic yet full of virtuosity and class.
Sponsors for the 5th Annual Jazz Jam Festival include The Appalachian Community Fund, Visit Knoxville, Wide Lens, Inner Space Yoga, Nolpix Media, and WUOT 91.9 FM. Community partners are; The 5th Woman, JTV, Gemstore by JTV, Maple Hall, and Real Good Kitchen. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT the JOLLY BOYD JAZZ DUO
At home in Knoxville, Jolly has brought recognition to local jazz artists and expanded their reach into the regionally. The Jolly Boyd team has continued to make beautiful music together while forging regional inroads to recognize jazz artists in the Knoxville area.
Jolly is a transplant from South Carolina and Decatur Georgia. She came to Tennessee by way of Chattanooga after earning her degree in North Carolina. While performing in the Chattanooga area, she reconnected with saxophonist Will Boyd who had made Knoxville his base. They began to collaborate and perform together in the East Tennessee area, which included venues in Knoxville. It wasn’t long before they united in Knoxville. They have now been married for 11 years.
Jolly is also the music ambassador to Knoxville’s sister city – Japan. She has performed there many times. A few years ago, Jolly took an interest in the Ukelele and coordinates a group of enthusiasts that she calls the Ukesphere. She also participates in the Carpetbag Youth Festival and more than can be listed here.
Boyd is a member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and performs with 3 Down and Candela. Jolly and Boyd each perform solo, as a duo, and as a quintet as Kelle Jolly & Friends, and Kelle Jolly and The Will Boyd Project at public, private, and regional venues.