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Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

August 10 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Elio Villafranca & the Jass Syncopators, and Tia Fuller will serve as the main attractions for the festival. Corey Henry is best known for his role Brooklyn-based jazz collective Snarky Puppy, which helped to earn the group two Grammy awards. The keyboardist / bandleader has toured with Bruce Springsteen, P. Diddy, Boyz II Men, and The Roots.

Elio Villafranca & the Jass Syncopators will present a unique performance at the festival, presenting “Cinque,” a five-movement suite inspired by the story of Joseph Cinque, who in 1839 led a successful revolt aboard the slave ship La Amistad days after being sold and transported to a sugar plantation in Cuba.

Tia Fuller is best known as a featured member of Beyonce’s all-female touring ensemble. A professor at Berklee College of Music, her release “Diamond Cut” was nominated for the 2018 Grammy award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.

Elan Trotman will be playing a special after-party show special guest Khalif Neville Trio at 10pm at MGM Springfield.

Other artists to be featured during the event include Samite, Firey String Sistas!, Kotoko Brass, Molly Tigre, The Convergence Project, Tap Roots, The Billy Arnold Trio, Bomba De Aqui, Ryan Hollander and The HCC Student Jazz Combo.



11:00 – 11:50 Ryan Hollander
12:10 – 1:10 Billy Arnold Trio
1:30 – 2:45 Firey String Sistas
2:45 – 3:05 Second Line Parade 🎊
3:05 – 4:35 Samite
4:55 – 6:10 Tia Fuller
6:30 – 8:00 Elio Villafranca and the Jass Syncopators
8:30 – 10:00 Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles


11:00 – 11:50 HCC Student Jazz Combo
12:10 – 1:00 Bomba De Aqui
1:20 – 2:30 Molly Tigre
2:50 – 3:50 Eugene Uman’s Convergence Trio
4:10 – 5:10 Mourning [A] BLKstar
5:30- 6:30 TapRoots
6:50 – 8:00 Kotoko Brass

Khalif Neville Trio
Elan Trotman

The second line parade – At 1pm, join Berkshire Bateria and the CMSS Brass Band Camp in preparation for the Second Line Parade— at the Community Music School of Springfield at 127 State St., just around the corner from Court Square!

Joyous and full of energy, with the pulsing rhythms of Brazil…led by master drummer Jim Weber, the Berkshire Bateria is a lively, fun-loving troupe of musicians who perform hot samba rhythms on traditional Brazilian percussive instruments including drums, bells, and shakers. They will be joining the faculty and students of the Community Music School Brass Band camp, which was inspired and founded by Charles Neville at the 2017 Jazz & Roots Festival.

All are welcome to join in and to be part of the parade!!

For the kids:

12-2PM Basketball Clinics. Lace up and join us on the court at the MassMutual Center for an exciting afternoon of workshops with area coaches. Register for the clinic and have a chance to win a free pass to the Basketball Hall of Fame! At 2:45 pm, dribble down Main St. with the second line parade!

Hoopla is made possible with the generous support of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of FameYMCA of Greater SpringfieldSouth End Community Center, and the Springfield Boys & Girls Club, Inc.


Join in the fun and creativity of the art tent! Maybe even create a lantern for the second line parade, which will take place at sunset! The crafts and artwork projects are designed to be accessible to all ages and skill levels. Several arts based organizations will be leading art activities throughout the day, including Artesana, Learn In Motion, Make It Springfield, and the Springfield Museums. Also, stop in at the nearby music activity tent, where Community Music School staff will be leading musical activities.

Art Tent activities

  • ArteSana: Paper lantern making
  • Paper City Clothing Co.: Print your own festival tote
  • Springfield Museums: Dr. Seuss button/ mask making
  • Learn in Motion: Finger/ feet painting
  • Make- It- Springfield: origami; collaborative art piece; chalk art
  • Max Randolph: Large scale adult coloring book


MassBike will be providing fully supervised bike valet service on-site at the festival.

RadSpringfield  will be providing free tune-ups at the festival valet station.

ValleyBike share stations are available at both ends of the journey.  Free parking is also available at North Riverfront Park in Springfield’s North End. Valley Bikes will be present to share information about the bike share program and to demonstrate the use of the bikes.
Ride your bike and receive a discount on an order of beignets from the Sidecar Bakery!

Valley Bikes will be present to share information about the bike share program and to demonstrate the use of the bikes.

2019 marks the sixth season of Springfield Jazz & Roots, an annual celebration that brings roughly ten thousand people together in the heart of downtown Springfield. The internationally heralded festival draws visitors from throughout the Northeast and has become a powerful expression of civic pride, uniting our region’s diverse cultural communities through music, arts, education, and revelry. Created to bring people together and enrich the community through a celebration of jazz and roots music, the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival features both rising-stars and legends of American music.

11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Court Square, Springfield, MA. The day-long music festival is free and begins at 11 a.m. Rain or Shine!!

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Located in Court Square in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts (right outside of Springfield’s Symphony Hall), this is the perfect event to bring your entire family! For more information about this free event, visit www.springfieldjazzfest.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpringfieldJazzFest and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @spfldjazzfest.

The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival is produced by Blues to Green (www.bluestogreen.org), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose goal is to harness the power of art and music (particularly jazz and blues) to celebrate community and culture, build shared purpose, and catalyze both social and environmental change.

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August 10
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Court Square Springfield
Court Square
Springfield, MA 01103
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