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August 18th, 2024

Inwood Hill Park

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Presented by Aaron Scott,
Founder & CEO of Inwood Jazz Festival

Get ready to groove at the Inwood Jazz Festival! We're excited to bring back another year of amazing music and endless fun. Subscribe to our website for the latest updates on the schedule and line-up of talented artists. You won't want to miss this unforgettable event.

A Jazz Festival with the Heart of Inwood

2024 Inwood Jazz Festival Headliners

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2024 IJF Artists

HAYES GREENFIELD'S JAZZ-A-MA-TAZZ is a highly interactive music education program that inspired all participants to take risks, gain confidence, and experience a sense of personal achievement by creating jazz through the art of improvisation!



- featuring Hayes Greenfield's Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz




NEA JAZZ MASTER RANDY WESTON transformed the music’s global impact. From Brooklyn, New York to Rabat, Morocco, the pianist, composer, and community ambassador integrated popular sounds and folkloric traditions from across the African continent into his own legendary performances with fellow artists from across the world. Saxophonist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist T.K. BLUE leads his acclaimed African Rhythms Alumni sextet in celebration of the late artist who created new and international pathways for artistic collaboration and communion.



- featuring the music of NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston


• Billy Harper, tenor sax

• T.K. Blue, music director, sax, flute, kalimba 

• Frank Lacy, trombone 

• Sharp Radway, piano 

• Alex Blake, bass 

• Chief Baba Neil Clarke, percussion 




ELIO VILLAFRANCO JASS SYNCOPATORS NONET - featuring Brianna Thomas vocals 

Born in the Pinar del Río province of Cuba, Steinway Artist, Grammy Nominated, and 2014 Jalc Millennium Swing Award! recipient pianist and composer Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in 

Havana, Cuba.


• Elio Villafranca - piano

• Brianna Thomas - featured vocalist



STEVE TURRE was passed the jazz torch early in his career by some of the music’s greatest masters – Art Blakey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Woody Shaw and Ray Charles, among others. In recent years he’s kindled the same flame in a younger crop of rising stars. On his new album, Generations, Turre brings the eras together, inviting still- vital legends to join a gifted band of rising starts to pay tribute to the elders who have helped shape his sound.



• Steve Turre, trombone & shells



IMANI WINDS, a Grammy winning ensemble, is an American wind quintet based in New York City, United States. The group was founded by flutist Valerie Coleman in 1997 and is known for its adventurous and diverse programming, which includes both established and newly composed works. The word Imani means "faith" in Swahili.



• Mark Dover, clarinetist 

• Valerie Coleman, flutist, composer 

• Monica Ellis, bassoonist 

• Jeff Scott, french horn, composer

• Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboist




Dominican-American saxophonist and composer Alfredo Colon is a proud New York City native. His playing has been described as authoritative and fiery yet mournful and melodic. Drawing on his interest in Dominican folklore and the works of visionary saxophonists Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman, Colon creates a musical atmosphere that highlights beauty by framing it in disarray. 




With a long and dynamic history, the Spirit Ensemble has established itself as the primary source for music that traverses the African Diaspora. The enchanting sounds of the mbira, kora, bala, steel pan and bamboo flute comprise the essence of Spirit's sound and provide the foundation for rhythmic travels. Each member of the ensemble is a master percussionist who has dedicated his life to the study and sharing of this music, and the magnitude to their devotion is evident to all who experience their performances.


• Kevin Nathaniel - composer, mbira, vocal




A noted composer, band leader, painter, and sculptor, Tiger has performed with: Sun Ra Arkestra, Bassist Jymmie Merritt, and others. The Harlem Jazz Machine, his former band, could be heard weekly for over a decade at Harlem’s world-famous St. Nicks Pub & Paris Blues. Join him for an After-Festival Jam Session at Tom Bosco's Inwood Farm restaurant to continue the evening's magic!

It's Here!


This year we will be bringing out Inwood Jazz Festival MERCH. Be on the lookout for us at various locations around the neighborhood this spring... and feel free to email Virginia ‘Peace’ Arnold for details or to make any special arrangements.

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