New York City, Montreal, Montreux, San Francisco, New Orleans and Newport all
have established and branded themselves as international jazz cities. Memphis with the
establishment of the Memphis International Jazz Festival takes its place amongst these
great cities to claim its rich heritage in jazz.
The Memphis International Jazz Festival establishes as its trademark a deep respect
for its elders—the creators of the Memphis jazz standard. This trademark establishes
an insightful approach to presenting fresh, bold, creative and innovative twists to jazz
standards while showing respect to Miles, Yardbird, Duke, Coltrane, Gillespie, and Monk.
The look and feel of the Memphis International Jazz Festival has as its foundation in
style. “Style” is the manner in which something is said, done, expressed, or performed.
The artists who will be featured as part of the Memphis International Jazz Festival have
established their musical style that looks to the past in order to move forward.
The presentation and delivery of the Festival is based upon style because it is the very
fabric of an international jazz festival. Memphis with its unique blend of southern
hospitality, good eats, long staple cotton and skilled jazz frontmen and sidemen
establishes itself as an international jazz venue not worth missing.
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