First Round of Allentown JazzFest 2017 Events Announced

Friday morning, Performing Arts Live released the first portion of the Allentown JazzFest 2017 schedule.

The program has broadened to include live spoken word and conversation performances, and will introduce new musical styles into JazzFest. Consistent with prior years, a large majority of the overall schedule will be free to the public. JazzFest opens on Wednesday, May 3, and concludes Sunday, May 7, 2017.

The announcements are the first of a group of performer announcements that will stretch over the next three weeks. It is expected that there will be 6 or 7 additional performances to be announced.

All of the 2017 events will occur in Allentown’s Hamilton District between 5th and 9th Streets, except for one event in Emmaus. Tickets are now available at allentownjazzfest.org.

All addresses below are in Allentown unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
AJF2017 Preview: The Dan DeChellis Trio at the Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. 5th St. 6:00pm. Free to public.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
knw+ Couch Conversations, Moravian Book Shop, 645 Hamilton Street, 5:30pm. Free to public.
Kiki Villani, The Dime Bar & Restaurant, 12 N. 7th St., 6:00pm. Free to public.
The Collingwood, Location TBA, 7:30pm. Free to public.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
knw+ Couch Conversations, Moravian Book Shop, 645 Hamilton Street, 5:30pm. Free to public.
The Chris Cummings Trio, Location TBA, 6:00pm. Free to public.
The Hot Club of Philadelphia, 187 Rue Principale, 187 Main Street, Emmaus, PA. 7:00pm. Tickets $35

Friday, May 5, 2017
Beholder, Centro, 530 W. Hamilton, 6:00pm. Free to public.
The Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra, Location TBA, 7:30pm. Free to public.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
The Dieruff High School Big Band, The Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. 5th St., 3:00pm. Free to the public (admission to Art Museum is ticketed).
Hot Bijouxx, The Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. 5th St., 4:00pm. Tickets $35 (includes admission to the Art Museum for the day).
The Jeff “Tain” Watts Trio, The Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. 5th St., 8:00pm. Tickets $50 (includes admission to the Art Museum for the day), or $40 for current Art Museum members.
Hector Rosado y Orq HACHE, The Barristers’ Club, 1114 W. Walnut St., 10:00pm. Advance tickets $10, $15 at the door.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Dave Liebman and the Moravian College Big Band, Zion UCC “Liberty Bell” Church, 620 W. Hamilton St., Advance tickets $20.

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