It can be argued that jazz music is one of America’s greatest cultural achievements. By spanning a broad spectrum of traditions, uniting them in a uniquely American experience, the music that is created makes a powerful statement about identity. Most importantly it provides a discourse about the freedom of the human experience through passionate and creative force. Scranton plays host to this “conversation” once again as the 8th annual Jazz Fest descends upon downtown Scranton, August 3rd – 5th, 2012.
“Since its premiere in 2005 the festival has drawn audiences from the entire Mid-Atlantic region, resulting in tremendous notoriety and exposure to the international jazz world. The SJF can help revive our region as a cultural epicenter, spreading the arts throughout the northeast, no different than such festivals as Newport, Rhode Island; Saratoga Springs, Florida; and Monterey, California.”
Hosted by the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Downtown Scranton, SJF features “more than 100 musicians, artisans, staff,and volunteers for three days of non stop entertainment.” http://scrantonjazzfestival.org/ In addition several First Friday Scranton venues will be highlighted August 3rd as part of a Jazz Walk, including The Radisson Hotel, The Hilton, The Bog, 500 Renaissance Plaza, The City Cafe, and Kildare’s Irish Pub. So broaden and deepen your character and engage in this passionate art form that chronicles what Emerson calls “the depth of life”. See you there!