Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival returns to Birmingham in August

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After a two-year hiatus, due to COVID-19, the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival will return on Saturday August 27th to Birmingham’s historic 4th Avenue city centre. Since 2003, the festival has remained one of the most anticipated events of the summer bringing together artists, vendors and the entire community for food, fun and tons of entertainment.

The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival is organized and operated by Urban Impact, Incorporated, a 501c3 non-profit organization and is FREE and open to the public.

“I’m excited about the excitement surrounding the return of the Taste of Fourth Avenue Jazz Festival in person,” says Carla Youngblood, COO of Urban Impact Birmingham. “It’s been a staple here in the historic Fourth Avenue neighborhood for years and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back.”

As a hub of black commerce and culture during the segregation era, the historic 4th Avenue business district is one of a kind. The district has set the stage for yesterday’s taste makers and today testifies to the resilience of a people.

Seeking to celebrate the spirit of the neighborhood, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, inspired by the “Taste of Chicago”, launched the first Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival in 2003. Now approaching its 19th year, this event of a day has become a popular summer staple and continues to be presented free to attendees, in conjunction with Urban Impact, Inc. and the Taste of 4th Avenue, Inc. Board of Directors.

“Now more than ever, it’s time to create new memories with our loved ones,” says Dr. Leah Tucker, Executive Director of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and President of Taste of 4th Avenue, Inc. “The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival provides the perfect opportunity to do just that with live jazz performances to lift our spirits.We invite everyone to attend this family-friendly event and bring some joy back into our lives.

Local and nationally recognized artists who have performed on the main stage include: Bobbi Humphrey, Kim Waters, Ben Tankard, Norman Brown, Euge Groove, Ronnie and Deborah Laws, Michael Ward, Joey Summerville, Dee- Lucas, the Birmingham Heritage Band, Bo Berry, Daniel “Jose” Carr, Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Ayers and the Brass-A-Holics.

To learn more about the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, including festival lineup, vendor and volunteer applications, visit www.4thavenuejazz.org. The jazz festival can also be found on Instagram and Facebook.

After a two-year hiatus, due to COVID-19, the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival will return on Saturday August 27th to Birmingham’s historic 4th Avenue city centre. Since 2003, the festival has remained one of the most anticipated events of the summer bringing together artists, vendors and the entire community for food, fun and tons of entertainment.

The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival is organized and operated by Urban Impact, Incorporated, a 501c3 non-profit organization and is FREE and open to the public.

“I’m excited about the excitement surrounding the return of the Taste of Fourth Avenue Jazz Festival in person,” says Carla Youngblood, COO of Urban Impact Birmingham. “It’s been a staple here in the historic Fourth Avenue neighborhood for years and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back.”

As a hub of black commerce and culture during the segregation era, the historic 4th Avenue business district is one of a kind. The neighborhood has set the stage for yesterday’s taste makers and today bears witness to the resilience of a people.

Seeking to celebrate the spirit of the neighborhood, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, inspired by the “Taste of Chicago”, launched the first Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival in 2003. Now approaching its 19th year, this event of a day has become a popular summer staple and continues to be presented free to attendees, in conjunction with Urban Impact, Inc. and the Taste of 4th Avenue, Inc. Board of Directors.

“Now more than ever, it’s time to create new memories with our loved ones,” says Dr. Leah Tucker, Executive Director of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and President of Taste of 4th Avenue, Inc. “The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival provides the perfect opportunity to do just that with live jazz performances to lift our spirits.We invite everyone to attend this family-friendly event and bring some joy back into our lives.

Local and nationally recognized artists who have performed on the main stage include: Bobbi Humphrey, Kim Waters, Ben Tankard, Norman Brown, Euge Groove, Ronnie and Deborah Laws, Michael Ward, Joey Summerville, Dee- Lucas, the Birmingham Heritage Band, Bo Berry, Daniel “Jose” Carr, Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Ayers and the Brass-A-Holics.

To learn more about the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, including festival lineup, vendor and volunteer applications, visit www.4thavenuejazz.org. The jazz festival can also be found on Instagram and Facebook.

Willie J. Johnson