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Steel City Jazz Festival Releases 2017 Line-up


Top-Notch Premiere Jazz Artists along with Legendary R & B Performers

Grammy Award Winning Saxophonists David Sanborn, Najee and Boney James along with the Mighty O’Jays, Jeffrey Osborne, and Rachelle Ferrell are headed for the 2017 Steel City Jazz Festival. This year’s dynamic roster includes: Ken Ford, Kim Waters, Alex Bugnon, Michael Lington, Marc Antoine, Jazmine Ghent, Marian Meadows, Jeff Lorber, Paul Taylor, Everette Harp, Kyle Turner, Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Sherry Reeves, Maysa and the Gulf Coast All Stars. The Fourth Annual Steel City Jazz Festival is distinctively set in the backdrop of Birmingham’s Historic Linn Park on June 2-4, 2016, with more than 20 acclaimed artists gracing one huge colorful stage. Festival Organizer Cedric Allen questions who concert goer’s will favor, “I find it awfully hard for anyone to pick one artist over another, they are all such amazing musicians and performers. You can’t ask for anything better talent wise.”

The Steel City Jazz Festival has grown into an international festival drawing festival enthusiasts from throughout the world. This festival transcends its musical roots and blossoms with a flair of a family reunion. It is built on the tradition of Jazz but influenced by the rhythmic partnership of true R & B. We expect to make your musical experience a festival that you will never forget.

The legendary Mighty O’Jays that have formed the soundtrack for the lives of several generations – is the cornerstone of this year’s lineup. They will hit the stage as the headliner for 2017, with lush vocals and slick smooth sexy choreography, displaying the energy that only they can bring to a performance. Of course, the core of the entertainment features smooth unmistakable jazz such as Boney James, that will have traditionalists hanging on the edge of their seats. This year’s artists are no strangers to Birmingham, as many of them will be making their repeat appearances.

On Friday Night June 2, 2017 the Scheduled Lineup is as follows:

4p to 5p- Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows

5:15p to 6:15p- Foreign Affair, Alex Bugnon, Mark Antoine and Michael Lington

6:30p to 7:30p- David Sanborn

7:45p to 8:45p- BWB

9:00p to 10:00p- Rachelle Ferrell

10:15p to Close- Najee

Saturday June 3, 2017 Features:

10:00a to 10:45a- Sherry Reeves

11:00a to 12:00p- Jazmine Ghent

12:15p to 1:15p- Ben Tankard

1:30p to 2:30p - Kyle Turner, Kim Waters

2:45p to 3:45p- Jazz Funk Soul: Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb

4:00p to 5:00p- Maysa

5:15p to 6:15p- Ken Ford

6:30p to 7:45- Jeffery Osborne

8:00p to 9:30p- Boney James

9:45p to Close- The O’Jays

The 4th annual Steel City Jazz Festival major corporate sponsors are Alabama Power, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, Ford, Miller Coors, The City of Birmingham, The Birmingham City Council, United, Coca-Cola, CBS 42 WIAT-TV, Steel Reserve, Alagasco, Woodbridge, BBVA Compass, USAmeriBank, Birmingham Airport Authority, Dreamland, Community Coffee, Jack Daniels, Empowerment, Event Medical Services, Quest Group, HMI – Home Makers Investment, The Harbert Center,, Sign Geeks, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Providence Women’s Health, HOT 107.7, Jazz 91.9, Smooth Jazz Global, WVSU-FM 91.1, WJAB 90.9 FM, WVAS 90.7, WTUG 92.9, WJSU 88.5, and Jazz Studio To see our complete lineup and get ticket information, visit

The Steel City Jazz Festival is organized by Empowerment Inc. in 2013 bringing the best in jazz in a family friendly environment to Birmingham’s Linn Park. The annual outstanding outdoor event also includes a diverse selection of vendors who provide great food, stimulating beverages, and quality merchandise. In 2016, The Birmingham Business Journal named the Steel City Jazz Festival in the top 15 Conventions and Events in the State of Alabama. For more information visit

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