Who: Sixth annual Alabama Women in Jazz Festival
What: A festival which celebrates women jazz musicians – both established and aspiring. Patrice Bivins, founder of Valley Arts and Entertainment, created the festival in 2014 to showcase local female musicians in a music genre where they are underrepresented. Valley Arts and Entertainment co-sponsors the festival with the University of Alabama Department of Music and Office or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This year the festival is an official part of Alabama’s bicentennial celebration.
When: Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7
Where: University of Alabama in Huntsville
What to expect: On Friday, the festival kicks off in UAH’s Roberts Hall at
6:30 p.m. with a presentation about women in music by historian Dr. Debbie Sue Esslinger. The evening will also include a special appearance by Miss Alabama, Tiara Pennington, herself an accomplished vocalist. The music festival will be Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at UAH West Lawn, 1410 Ben Graves Dr. In addition to musicians and vocalists performing that day, Miss Tennessee Valley Chandler Mordecai is scheduled to appear. Food vendors will also be available.
Price: For the general public, $20 for both days or $15 for the festival Saturday only. Admission to the kickoff event Friday for UAH students is $5. Admission to Saturday’s festival is free for UAH students but they are required to register at the link provided at https://valleyartsandentertainment.org/.