Hampton Jazz Festival Tickets
Hampton Jazz Festival has proved to be quite a cultural asset for bringing together the best of blues, pop, jazz, R&B and soul for more than four decades now. Every year the festival gets more entertaining than the last with its exciting lineups including the likes of Bobby Brown, Forte Jazz Band, Brian Pinner, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, KEM, The O’ Jays, and many more. This glorious music event has made it possible for the community to appreciate and marvel at the many visitors who travel from various distances to witness the best of American music, in some ways making it a reunion of sorts—an event where family, friends, music, culture and life can be celebrated. This celebratory festival has been the city’s tradition since 1970 when the City of Hampton partnered with the Hampton University in holding the grand musical event annually at the Hampton Coliseum, when it newly opened. The festival started in 1968, at which point it was supposed to be a mere one-time celebration of the University’s hundredth birthday at Armstrong Field on campus, but the audiences became hooked to it so bad that it just had to be held the following year and thereafter, became an annual thing. Ten of thousands of dedicated fans journey from all across the nation, every June, to be part of the three-day celebration of beautiful Hampton and its enriching music. Hampton Jazz Festival tickets are thus really a yearly must-have among these music lovers.
Hampton Jazz Festival has been held in the last full weekends in June for the last many years, with the main venue always being the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia, which has a capacity to hold more than thirteen thousand fans. The festival has been described by the organizer to present the biggest available R&B, blues and jazz artists many of whom are often touring during this time, and are packaged at reasonable prices. Today the event is hosted not only by Hampton city and Hampton University but also the Santangelo Group, Inc. In its initial years, the festival was mean to throw light on the greatest of jazz acts, virtually hosting just about all major jazz artists alive. In its very inaugural year, it featured musicians Muddy Waters, Dionne Warwick, Wes Montgomery, Thelonius Monk Quartet, Herbie Mann Quintet, Ramsey Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie, Gary Burton, and Count Basie. The next year, it brought together performances by such notable acts as Herbie Hancock, Sly & the Family Stone, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Gary Davis, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck Trio alongside Gerry Mulligan, George Benson Quartet, and Booker T and the MGs.
Hampton Jazz Festival has gained its reputation by featuring the greatest of singers and performers, not players. It has certainly featured real soaring saxophones, splatters of trumpets, and more than that the most incredible of human voices on its center stage. IT many editions have brought us the legendary pipes of artists like Gladys Knight and those of the golden seventies’ era like the O’Jays. The venue of the festival itself stands to remind and instill a sense of worth to the American music scene since it has hosted the most memorable concerts by the like of Elvis, who was filmed while performing there. In addition, some of the most famous live albums were recorded there including the Grateful Dead’s Formerly the Warlocks, Rolling Stones’ Hampton Coliseum (live 1981), Phish’s Hampton Comes Alive, and the Dave Matthews Band’ Live Trax. This year, the festival is rumored to begin with Leela James, KEM, The O’Jays, and Gladys Knight, and will be followed by such jazz acts as the local Forte Jazz Band with Brian Pinner, Heads of State, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, Fantasia, Bobby Brown, Jill Scott, Bob James, Steve Gadd, James Genus, Karla Crump, and Ginuwine, among others. This forthcoming event is really a huge yearly cultural awakening to all that America possess in its rich musical heritage, so make sure to grab Hampton Jazz Festival tickets in time and be part of the historic, traditional musical celebration.