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Richmond Jazz Festival is THIS WEEK!

This year's Richmond Jazz Festival is Aug. 10-13!

This year’s Richmond Jazz Festival features artists such as Pat Metheny, Bob James, Common and Erykah Badu, as well as  Robert Cray, The Isley Brothers, Jazmine Sullivan and The Manhattan Transfer.

Performances for this year’s festival will be held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the historic Hippodrome Theatre and Hardywood Park Brewery, as well as two days at Maymont.

Shuttles transport guests between Maymont and our designated parking areas. Shuttles are accessible to patrons with mobility devices.

Dogwood Dell – Free
6000 S Blvd Richmond, VA 23220

VCU West Cary Street Parking Deck – $10
1101 W. Cary St. Richmond, VA, 23220
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  • Admission is FREE to the events at Hardywood and the Jazz Cafe on Aug. 10.
  • Tickets are $30 (not including fees) for "Homegrown at the Hipp" at the Hippodrome Theater on Aug. 11
  • Single-day passes are now $85; weekend passes are $160.
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FULL LINEUP  | Doors open at 11 a.m.; performances start at noon

  • Saturday, Aug. 12
    Pat Metheny, Common with the Richmond Symphony, Peabo Bryson, Jazmine Sullivan, Harvey Mason, TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band, BJ The Chicago Kid, Melanie Fiona, The Manhattan Transfer, Bob James, David Benoit, Joey DeFrancesco + The People, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
  • Sunday, Aug. 13
    Erykah Badu, The Isley Brothers, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz with Larry Graham, Robert Cray, Norman Brown, Elle Varner, Butterscotch, Joey Alexander, Juan de Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All Stars, Maysa

This year's event includes "CaRue," a prelude to the jazz festival with free performances by local and regional artists in numerous venues across Carytown -- including The Byrd Theatre -- Aug. 5-10.

The Richmond Jazz Festival includes wine tastings, chef demonstrations and more than 30 food and merchandise vendors.

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Pat Menthey

If you could define Pat Metheny’s career in one word, it would be — trailblazer. He began working with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City and he also led classes at prestigious universities all before his 20th birthday. The Kansas City native, born August 12, 1954, was brought up in a musical family. He started out on the trumpet at eight years old and switched to the guitar at 12. By 15, Metheny was playing with the best jazz musicians in his hometown. Menthey was heralded for his loose and flexible articulation paired with rhythmic improvisation. At ages 18 and 19, he became the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami and the Berklee College of Music, respectively. Metheny burst onto the international jazz scene playing alongside vibraphonist Gary Burton. The guitarist eventually recorded his debut album, Bright Size Life (1975), which reinvented the traditional “jazz guitar” sound. A few years after his debut, Metheny founded his band, Pat Metheny Group, which consisted of Danny Gottlieb on the drums, Mark Egan on the bass and Lyle Mays on the piano, the autoharp and the synthesizer. The group’s second album, American Garage (1979), was its most successful to date, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard jazz chart. Pat Metheny Group has won seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums. Over the course of his 40-plus year career, Menthey has worked with Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland and Ornette Coleman and many more. Ever since 1974, Metheny has averaged between 120 to 240 shows a year. To date, the 62-year-old has won more than 20 Grammy Awards in twelve different categories — making him the only artist to accomplish this feat.

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Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. is a jack-of-all-trades. Formerly known as Common Sense and now Common, Lynn is not only a rapper, but also an actor, a film producer and a poet. The Chicago-bred MC was born on March 13, 1972, to Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn. During his tenure at Luther High School, Lynn and his friends formed C.D.R., a rap trio that opened for acts such as N.W.A. and Big Daddy Kane.


The Richmond Symphony is heralded as one of the nation’s leading regional orchestras. Founded in 1957, the ensemble recruits more than 70 professionals and conducts more than 100 performances to more than 200,000 audience members each year. The orchestra’s current director is Steven Smith, who has held the position since 2010. Chia-Hsuam Lin currently serves as the associate conductor. The ensemble has played alongside Ray Charles, Yo-Yo Ma, Aaron Copland and many others. The orchestra also has a Young Performers Program, which includes four ensembles ranging from elementary to high school students.

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Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu, born Erica Abi Wright on February 26, 1971, in Dallas, TX, has commonly been dubbed the “queen of neo-soul.” Wright inherited her taste for music from her mother, Kolleen, who introduced her to the likes of Parliament-Funkadelic, Pink Floyd and Chaka Khan. At just four years old, Wright began singing and dancing in productions at local theaters. Badu later enrolled at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. It was here where she adopted her stage name. Wright enrolled at Grambling State University to major in theater and minor in quantum physics. However, she left in 1993 to pursue music full time. The following year, Wright’s 19-song demo caught the attention of aspiring record executive Kedar Massenburg, who eventually signed her to his label, Kedar Entertainment. The label eventually merged with Motown/Universal. Shortly after, Wright began opening for R&B crooner and a forefather of neo-soul, D’Angelo. In 1997, she released her groundbreaking debut album, Baduizm, which was propelled by the lead single, “On & On.” The album would eventually go multi-platinum and won her two Grammys for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album. Her sophomore LP, Live (1997), went double platinum and featured the improvised “Tyrone,” which went No. 1 on the R&B charts for several weeks. In the new millennium, Badu won yet another Grammy for Best Rap Performance for lending her vocals on “You Got Me” by The Roots. Her sophomore and junior studio albums, Mama’s Gun (2000) and Worldwide Underground (2003), also fared well commercially. Her albums were chock-full of some of the best beatsmiths in the game, to include 9th Wonder, ?uestlove, J Dilla and Madlib. In 2003, the 46-year-old won a Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her collaboration with Chicago MC Common on “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop).” Three years later, she garnered two more Grammys for Best Director and Best Direction in a Video for “Honey.” 2008 began her New Amerykah album series beginning with New Amerykah: 4th World War (2008), followed by New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh (2010). The albums were yin-yang personified. The first album was politically charged and was a response to the United States’ involvement in the Iraq War. While, the second was more introspective and emotional. Her latest work, But You Caint Use My Phone (2015), was the first project released on her record label, Control Freaq.


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Isley Bros

Notching its 63rd year, The Isley Brothers have sustained one of the longest and most influential tenures in modern music. The group’s original cast consisted of O’Kelly, Rudolph, Ronald and Vernon Isley.

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Melanie Fiona

Jane Bunnett @ Maq

Dave Koz

David Benoit

Elle Varner

Harvery Mason

Afro Cuban All Stars

BJ The Chicago Kid

Bob James


Richmond Symphony

Robert Cray


The Manhattan Transfer

Nathan East

Norman Brown

Peabo Bryson

Jazmine Sullivan

Joey Alexander

Joey Defrancesco and The People

Keb Mo

Larry Graham

Marcus Miller


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