Friday April 19, 2013
Tri-C JazzFest makes a case for genre, hoping to broaden audience
By: Chuck Yarborough
No matter where you live — from a bustling metropolis to a wide spot in the road with a flashing yellow light as the only traffic governance — you can hear music on your radio.
Maybe it’s rock, maybe country, maybe hip-hop, top 40, urban, oldies or even polka. But the odds are that unless your music comes from satellite radio or you happen to be awake at 3 a.m., the closest you’ll get to traditional jazz is in the elevator Muzak at work. And that’s what makes the mission of the Tri-C JazzFest, which launches its 34th annual foray into the genre at 5 p.m. today with a pre-show party for tonight’s Aaron Neville and Dr. John concert at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre, such a vital one.
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