Murmurations are groups of starlings that twist and turn while flying together in a giant flock. People watch in amazement, wondering how they don’t ever run into each other.
That is what local musician Kenny Blake likens to jazz music.
“They’re not thinking. They’re not acting. They’re just doing it all together,” he said.
Blake is one of the headliners for this year’s 20th-anniversary celebration of the Monroeville Jazz Festival.
The event will be held Sept. 2 at the Tall Trees Amphitheatre in Monroeville Community Park West. The entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. and run until 8. There is no fee to attend, and guests are reminded to bring blankets and chairs.
The jazz festival is completely funded by sponsors and for the past few years it has been coordinated by the Monroeville Foundation, taking over from previous organizer Chuck Summerville.
The Monroeville Jazz Festival is coming up on September 3. You won’t want to miss this lineup: Lisa Ferraro with Houston Person, Hugo Cruz and Caminos, Jevon Rushton with Grace Elliot and Dr. Alton Merrell with Impact.
The jazz festival is a tradition in Monroeville and it’s FREE! A great day in the park with friends and family.
The Monroeville Jazz Festival has been nominated in the Tribune Review's Top 5 for the Best Festival category in the East region!
Why does it matter? First, it's a great honor to be nominated by our community in the Comunity Choice Award category. Second, it helps raise awareness of The Monroeville Foundation and the charities including the Animal Shelter, Local Food Banks, and more.
Thanks to its founder, Chuck Summerville, the annual Monroeville Jazz Festival has become a part of the Monroeville cultural community. Due to Chuck’s retirement, the Monroeville Foundation will assume the role that Mr. Summerville performed so well for so many years, that of producing and facilitating this wonderful event. Chuck has made the Jazz Festival a part of Monroeville’s heritage and the Monroeville Foundation would like to maintain and expand on that heritage.
The Monroeville Foundation is excited to continue the tradition of the Monroeville Jazz Festival and with the support of the community and local businesses we look forward to making this event bigger and better. To obtain additional information concerning the next event and to support the Monroeville Jazz Festival, please contact the Monroeville Foundation.