This Year's Event

July 10, 2021




Defiance Jazz Festival is back!


About Defiance Jazz Festival

The 2021 Defiance Jazz Festival will take place July 10! 

Established in 2013, the Defiance Jazz Festival, 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 Defiance Jazz Festival 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 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 Buckner and “Wild” Bill Davison.


J.R.’s Jazzy Joint: Children’s Funbags

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 endeavor. Due to COVID, the decision was made to hand out J.R.’s Jazzy Funbags this year in place of children activities. Families should look for the Citizens In Action tent as they enter the festival.


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:
This year the event will be Saturday, July 10, 2021.

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

Festival Broadcasts:  For the first time the festival will be live streamed for the enjoyment of those unable to attend in person. 

Festival Chairpersons:
Directors: Anne Miller and Angie Miller                                                                                     

Site Logistics: Cindy Mack

Technical Logistics: Mark Newman, John Adkins
Artistic Program: Peg McDonald 
Pub/Marketing/Media: Rob Lawson, Angie Miller, Anne Miller
Finance/Donations/Communications: Priscilla Pixler
Food Vendors: Ryan Soukop
Beer & Wine: Bill Pixler
Child Program: Sharon Washington, Citizens In Action
Volunteers: Angie Miller
Hospitality: Cassidy Nalepa