Defiance Jazz Festival

 Saturday, June 16, 2018

Gates Open at 5:00 pm
Children’s Events 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Music 5:30 – 10:15 pm

Admission $5 Adults, Children & Students Free

About Defiance Jazz Festival

Established in 2013, the Defiance Jazz Festival, “Take Me to the Rivers,” honors the memory of jazz greats, Wild Bill Davison and Milt Buckner, who called Defiance their home.  The event recognizes their contributions to the genre and has provided educational opportunities about the history of jazz.

The Jazz Festival committee partners with the Defiance Community Cultural Council (DCCC) to present the event. DCCC has been there from the beginning to provide financial and personnel support.

Each year the festival continues to grow with the expanding support of the community and surrounding areas. This support is reflected in the increased annual attendance as well as the number of individuals coming from out of town to enjoy an evening of music.

J.R.’s Jazzy Joint: Children’s Event:

In 2015, support given by Sylvia Reynolds-Blakely in honor of her father, J. R. Reynolds, allowed the committee to add Children’s Programming to the Event. Mr. Reynolds and his daughter want to expose this uniquely American genre of music to the younger members of our community. We are pleased that Citizens In Action, along with the Defiance Library, have continued to organize, conduct and support this event. These activities are free and open to all children from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Our Mission is to:
Present an event that promotes jazz music, while showcasing our community and paying tribute to local jazz legends, Wild Bill Davison and Milt Buckner

2018 Performers:

6:00 – 7:15 pm Planet D Nonet
7:30 – 8:45 pm Anna Givens & the Atlas Jazz
9:00 – 10:15 pm Adrian Crutchfield
Host Performer: All That Jazz: Ned Clark, Larry Livolsi and Mark Schnitkey

Festival Date:
The festival is scheduled for the third Saturday in June. This next year the event will be Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Friday, June 15, 2018 will be a Celebration of the Life and Music of “Wild” Bill Davison at the Defiance Public Library.

Festival Location:
3 Kingsbury Park at the confluence of the Maumee and Auglaize River, Defiance, OH

Festival Broadcasts:
The Defiance Jazz Festival: Take Me To the Rivers will be broadcast by WBGU-TV on the following dates:  

Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm    

Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 6:00  pm

Festival Chairpersons:
Directors: Priscilla Pixler, Bill Pixler                                                                           Directors Elect:                                                                                                 Site/Logistics: Cindy Mack, Curt Aldrich, Mark Newman, John Adkins
Artistic Program: Roger Fisher
Pub/Marketing/Media: Sue O’Neil, Doug Berry, Rob Lawson Doug Berry
Finance/Donations: Priscilla Pixler
Food Vendors: Sarah Marshall, Ginny Sterling
Beer & Wine: Bill Pixler, Jim Grant
Child Program: Sharon Washington, Citizens In Action
Historian: Ginny Sterling