Lynval Jackson and The International Reggae All Stars headline Selby Ave JazzFest | arts and entertainment

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“This year marks the twenty-first anniversary of JazzFest,” says Mychael Wright, founder of Selby Ave JazzFest and owner of Golden Thyme Coffee Café. “With the great performances, weather and general atmosphere, last year’s event was one of our best. We hope to capture the same feeling that comes from people engaging and being part of a community again in September.

“There’s a lot going on, that’s for sure. From NOLA, traditional jazz and a few globally inspired artists, there will be something for everyone,” said Wright, recently announcing the lineup of performers for Selby Ave JazzFest 2022.

Performing on the US Bank Main Stage, the Selby Ave JazzFest 2022 lineup will include:

  • Lynval Jackson and the International Reggae All-Stars headline the event. Lynval “Golden Voice” Jackson and The International Reggae All-Stars have been wowing audiences for nearly 30 years. Born in Jamaica, Lynval moved to Minnesota in 1987 and quickly fell in love with the Twin Cities’ vibrant reggae music scene that included legendary bands like Ipso Facto and Shangoya. He is also the host of the long-running radio show Caribbean Jam on KFA Radio. “We are honored to have such a regional music legend headlining this year’s JazzFest,” said Wright. “As we begin the fall, I hope he and his band’s Jamaican vibes add a little tropical breeze to today’s forecast.”
  • The Erica West Group: This set features a spectacular cast of versatile and talented Twin Cities musicians and features a musical style that infuses R&B, jazz, blues, neosoul and pop together to create a uniquely sophisticated and sexy fun vibe! Lead singer Erica West brings a beautiful, sensual and powerful style that is influenced by many great singers, including Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Nina Simone.
  • World Jazz College: World Jazz Collegium is an assembly of local and international musicians founded by Twin Cities guitarist and composer Pavel Jany. Pavel’s diversity and eclecticism in his guitar playing and songwriting know no boundaries, and his long musical journey encompasses many different styles. In addition to original material by Pavel Jany, the World Jazz Collegium’s repertoire includes works by Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Jan Hammer, Hermeto Pascoal, Djavan, Miles Davis and other modern jazz legends.
  • The Minnesota State Band: The official state band of Minnesota, this organization has been around for over 120 years (since 1898) and is the only remaining state band in the United States. Since 1986, the band has represented the state of Minnesota on six international goodwill tours. While international travel is important, the band sees its primary mission as providing high quality music to the people of Minnesota. “The history of JazzFest will show that something captivating happens when a group of more than 60 musicians take the stage,” Wright said. “This big band performed at our event a few years ago and did an amazing job. The audience loved them.”
  • walker | West Music Academy Stars: This band will feature senior students and staff from this famous music academy performing a variety of songs, including traditional and progressive jazz standards. “It’s been a personal goal of mine to give the future of the genre a place to play since day one,” added Wright. “Braxton Haulcy and everyone at Walker West continue to do a great job with the kids and they are such a vital part of our community.”
  • The Selby Avenue Marching Band: A JazzFest tradition, this group of local musicians will once again kick off the Fest with a traditional New Orleans procession. The group is led by retired Selby Avenue resident, tubist, composer and music teacher Tom Wells, and includes a number of great musicians from all of the Twin Cities.

Along with a free day of performers, JazzFest also features a variety of great food vendors, family-friendly activities, and live artist demonstrations. “We’re working hard to make sure there’s plenty to get people to make it a full day,” Wright added.

The 21st annual Selby Ave JazzFest will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10e at the intersection of Selby and Milton in St. Paul. For more information, interested parties can visit the event website at selbyavejazzfest.com or the Facebook page. Free entry.

Selby Ave JazzFest event sponsors and media partners include: AARP (Co-Presenting Sponsor), US Bank (Main Stage Sponsor), United Healthcare Community Plan (Health and Wellness Village Sponsor), Central Selby, Humana, Insight News, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Reconnect Rondo, Rondo Community Land Trust, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, WFNU 94.1-Frogtown Radio, Xcel Energy and St. Paul Pioneer Press.

JazzFest is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Council of the Arts, legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Minnesota State Legislature, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; and by Minnesota voters through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, through a legislative appropriation of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; and is supported, in part, by the City of St. Paul’s Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Program.

For more information: selbyavejazzfes.com.

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