The 25th Annual Franklin Jazz Festival, benefiting the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission, will be held on Saturday, April 18th, in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin.  This year’s theme is “Jazz & Blues, Students & Pros.”  Several bands from middle Tennessee school jazz programs will perform, as well as three professional groups.  The school jazz bands start at 11:30 AM, with the professional bands starting at 6:45 PM. (Times are listed on the TJBS Community Calendar.)
Dynamo kicks off the professional groups at 6:45 PM.  This is a Nashville-based band that is enjoying a successful touring schedule.  Their unique sound comes from a combination of aggressive instrumental fusion and catchy vocal hooks derived from R&B and funk roots. The Adam Nitti Band performs at 7:45PM.  Joining Adam on bass will be Michael Whitaker on keys, James DaSilva on guitar, Derico Watson on drums and Mark Douthit on sax, as they perform a mixture of jazz styles.  Then at 8:45 PM, the Duffy Jackson Big Band takes the stage for the rousing finale of powerful, swinging jazz.  Born and raised in jazz by his father, legendary bassist Chubby Jackson, Duffy began performing at the age of 4.  By his 18th birthday, he was touring the country with Lena Horne, and later had stints with Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampson and Illinois Jacquet, as well as performances with many jazz legends.  Joining Duffy’s 17 piece band will be some of Nashville’s A+ musicians.
Along with all this fabulous music, arts, crafts, food and beverages will be available. Advance tickets are $10 at www.FranklinJazzFestival.comTickets at the door are $15; cash, VISA or Master Card.  Children under 10 and active military personnel get in free.