Johnson City Jazz Festival coming March 21-23 – WJHL-TV News Channel 11

The 3rd annual Johnson City Jazz Festival, a 3-day celebration of live jazz music with 8 stellar bands playing a variety of jazz styles, is scheduled for March 21-23 at Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, TN.

Steve Scheu of Time & Pay, one of the primary sponsors, noted. “The response to last year’s festival showed there is a great desire to hear all the great jazz artists in our region. This year’s festival will continue to showcases that amazing talent as well as some very talented national artists including renowned pianist Mary Louise Knutson and  “One of the finest saxophonists in the business” Steve Wilson.

Organizers have worked to make the festival very affordable. There is no charge for Thursday night’s Jazz Jam although attendees are encouraged to “tip” the bands.  The cost for Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 is $20 for each night or $30 for both nights.

Carnegie Hotel, a major sponsor, is the location for all shows, which run 8:00 pm –11:00 pm each night. There is a special room rate during the festival for jazz fans that want to stay overnight. To reserve, call the hotel directly at 423-979-6400 and say that you are attending the Johnson City Jazz Festival.

The festival schedule includes:

Thursday, March 21  8-11 p.m.

  • ETSU Jazz Band
  • Perkins Peterson Quintet
  • Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra
  • The Funky Truth

Cost: Tips for the bands  

Friday, March 22  8-11 p.m.

  • The Bill Bares Trio
  • Mary Louise Knutson Trio

Cost: $20 or $30 for both Friday and Saturday

Saturday, March 23  8-11 p.m.

  • Michael Jefry Stevens Quintet
  • Steve Wilson, Saxophone

Cost: $20 or $30 for both Friday and Saturday

In addition to Time & Pay and Carnegie Hotel, other sponsors include First Tennessee Bank, Bank of Tennessee,  Albert’s Pawn, Christian Schmid, Livewire Radio 103.9, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, caseSensitive Photos, Interstate Graphics and JRH Brewing creator of Ensemble, the signature beer of this 3rd Annual Johnson City Festival.

For more details about the festival, the artists, and how to buy tickets, visit

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