A groundbreaking event is planned for Knoxville in March: the Women In Jazz Jam Festival will take place March 18th-20th, 2016. The festival’s organizer is Kelle Jolly, award winning musician, host of WUOT’S Jazz Jam show, and TJBS member.

Jolly says, “The three day festival will include concerts, lectures and workshops in and around downtown Knoxville. Programs for children of all ages and abilities will also be available. While the performances will not be exclusively by women, all events will be women-centered. ”

Jolly has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the festival. The campaign has raised about one-third of the needed funds so far, and (as of January 24) has 18 days left to go. Below is a video describing the campaign:

You can read a profile of Kelle Jolly and find more information about the Women in Jazz Jam Festival in a recent article by Alan Sims for the Inside of Knoxville blog.

We’re enthusiastic about the Festival and its mission, and hope all TJBS members and friends will give it their support!