Saturday, June 17

Gates Open at 5:00 pm
Children’s Events 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Music 5:30 – 10:15 pm

Free Admission

Special Friday Event
“MILT BUCKNER: An Evening of His Music & Life”
8:30 – 9:30 at The Stroede Center for the Arts

  • Meet some of Milt’s family
  • Enjoy remarks and book signing by Willard “Woody” Woodward, Author of Milt Bucker: The Life and Music of a Unique Jazz Pianist and Organist
  • Listen to Milt’s music performed by Denny “Dude” McDonald on a Hammond B3
  • Visit the Tuttle Museum (514 W. 3rd St.) to learn more about Milt Buckner and his music

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. These activities are free and open to all children from 5:30 to 6:00 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

2017 Performers:

6:00 – 7:15 pm Quick Trio – Toledo Jazz
7:30 – 8:45 pm Atla & Matt DeChamplain
9:00 – 10:15 pm Blair Clark
Host Performer: All That Jazz: Ned Clark, Larry Livolsi and Mark Schnitkey

The Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum
The museum’s current exhibit “Jazz Greats – Milt Buckner and Wild Bill Davison” will have newly added information and photographs of Wild Bill Davison recently donated to the Tuttle from the estate of Lorraine Andrews.

Festival Date:
The festival is scheduled for the third Saturday in June. This year the event will be Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Friday, June 16, 2017 will be a celebration of the music of Milt Buckner at The Stroede.

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

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