J.U.M.P. (Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership) held the 15th Annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival, showcasing jazz & blues and celebrating the musical heritage of Jefferson Street.

This year’s event took place Friday June 19 and Saturday, June 20.  Friday featured a “Bridging the Gap” Mixer on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge.

The Festival itself was Saturday, June 20, and took place at the Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park. Angela Winbush and Phil Perry headline this year’s festival, with a number of local jazz, blues, and soul artists on the bill including Joe Johnson and Jason Eskeridge.

Also on hand were Rod McGaha and his band, and The Andy T./Nick Nixon Blues Band.

Leading up to the Festival, Nashville saxophonist Joe Johnson was honored for his accomplishments and contributions to the city’s music scene.

Johnson, was given the first-ever “Jeffersonian” award at a Thursday evening reception. In presenting the award, JUMP’s President, Sharon Hurt noted that “with his masterful mix of musical genres and venues, Joe Johnson has been a force in expanding all genres of music.”

Johnson also received an award from the TJBS reflecting its appreciation of the many performances he has given for the Society and for jazz fans over the years.

More information: http://www.jumpnashville.com/jazzfest/