Rising out of the ashes from a massive gas explosion that destroyed four Greenwood-area businesses and damaged thirty-four other businesses, Couth Buzzard Books is producing its first Couth Buzzard Books Jazz Festival Memorial Day Weekend, May 27th-30th. It is all part of the greater Greenwood community’s efforts to rebuild and revitalize their neighborhood.

Earshot Jazz is sponsoring the Jazz Festival. .

The Festival will loosely cover a chronological sampling of jazz history, from the blues/jazz guitar of Orville Johnson to a tribute band of the hot and soulful hard bop of Charles Mingus the experimental sounds of Kenny Mandell’s “Tonal Vision.”
It was important for Dzielak and Mandell to also feature jazzsters of all ages, from Kenny’s teenage students, to young lions like Max Holmberg, to 82 year old be-bop inspired saxophonist, Jose Carrillo.
Admission by Donation: $5.00 minimum for single event. $10.00 minimum for day pass. $25.00 minimum for Festival.

Festival Schedule

Friday, May 27
Jump Monkeys, 7:30pm
Orville Johnson, 8:30pm

Saturday, May 28
Kenny Mandell Jazz Works High School All-Stars, 2pm
Sara Depp Trio, 3:30pm
Groove Kitchen, 5pm
Jump Ensemble/Greg Robinson, 7pm
Big Crinkly/Jim Knodle, 8:30pm

Sunday, May 29
Open Jazz Jam,2pm
200 Trio/ Max Holmberg, 6pm
Better Get It In You Soul/Mingus Tribute, 8pm

Monday, May 30
Simon Henneman Solo Guitar, 2pm
Jonah Falk/Kenny Mandell/Simon Henneman Jazz/Rap 2:45pm
Dick Valentine Duo, 3:30
Empty Boat/Don Berman, 5pm
Kenny Mandell/Tonal Vision, 7pm