7th Annual Defiance Jazz Festival: Take Me To the Rivers

 Saturday, June 15, 2019

2019 Performers:

4:00 – 4:30    The Aaron Ziegler Quintet

4:30 – 6:00    Gaetano Letizia

6:20 – 7:50     Barbra Lica

8:10 – 9:40     Nate Boff

Gates Open at 3:30 pm
Children’s Events 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Music 4:00 – 9:40 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.

Take Me To the Rivers is a Defiance Community Cultural Council (DCCC) event, that offers an afternoon and evening of jazz music at the confluence of the Maumee and Auglaize Rivers. Besides a lovely setting, the variety of food and drinks, and a children’s program, make it a wonderful family activity.   

Each year Defiance Jazz Festival: Take Me to the Rivers continues to evolve and grow. We are supported by many local businesses, agencies and individuals throughout the community. This support is reflected in the increased annual attendance, drawing people from the surrounding area as well as those living in nearby Michigan and Indiana. All involved in the event are committed to promoting the genre of jazz and honoring the legacy of Milt Buchner and “Wild” Bill Davison.


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 have continued to organize, conduct and support this event. These activities are free and open to all children from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

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


Festival Date:
The festival is scheduled for the third Saturday in June. This year the event will be Saturday, June 15, 2019.

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:  

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Festival Chairpersons:
Directors: Priscilla Pixler, Bill Pixler                                                                                     Directors Elect: Angie Miller, Ann Miller

Site Logistics: Cindy Mack

Technical Logistics: Mark Newman, John Adkins
Artistic Program: Peg McDonald

Hospitality: Anne Miller, Angie Miller 
Pub/Marketing/Media: Sue O’Neil, Doug Berry, Rob Lawson
Finance/Donations: Priscilla Pixler
Food Vendors: Sarah Marshall
Beer & Wine: Bill Pixler, Jim Grant
Child Program: Sharon Washington, Citizens In Action
Volunteers: Angie Miller, Anne Miller
Historian: Ginny Sterling