Allentown JazzFest @ the Art Museum new in 2017, full day of events May 6


March 3, 2017


Concerts, talks slated for big day of jazz on May 6


ALLENTOWN, PA – The 2017 edition of the Allentown JazzFest will feature some very interesting collaborations in the arts on Saturday, May 6, when Allentown JazzFest and the Allentown Art Museum will copresent a series of musical and spoken-word performances that will span a wide range of interests and ideas in the performing and visual arts.

“Obviously, we’re thrilled to work with the Allentown Art Museum on a full day of programming during JazzFest 2017,” said Bryan Tuk, executive director and CEO of Performing Arts Live Inc., which produces Allentown JazzFest. “This is our third season now in 2017, and the range of programming that JazzFest will offer in conjunction with the Museum is expanding to include thought leadership, ideas, and discussions. The Art Museum immediately recognized the importance of that expansion. The collaboration between the two organizations makes a lot of sense.”

David Mickenberg, Priscilla Payne Hurd President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum, said, “During the past several years the Museum has been expanding the media and format in which programing and community engagement activities are occurring. Partnering with JazzFest in an expansion of programing and offering the community additional extraordinary opportunities to engage the arts is exciting.”

The 2017 Allentown JazzFest will run from May 3 through May 7, 2017, throughout downtown Allentown. The following concerts are confirmed for May 6 at the Art Museum, with several talks related to the arts still to be announced:

3 p.m. 
Dieruff High School Jazz Ensemble
Education, community involvement, and providing performance opportunities for young musicians are central to JazzFest's mission. This performance is free with admission to the Museum. For details click here.

4:00PM  Hot Bijouxx
Hot Bijouxx performs an energetic mélange of Prohibition-era jazz, French gypsy swing-waltz, and Brazilian bossa nova. Renditions of Great American Songbook standards are metamorphosized by Hot Bijouxx's arresting arrangements. For details and tickets click here.

7:30 p.m.
Jeff "Tain" Watts

Drummer Jeff Watts spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention. For details and tickets click here.

In advance of JazzFest proper, the Museum will host the Dan DeChellis Trio in its galleries as part Third Thursday programing on April 20 at 6 p.m. Admission to the Museum (after 4 p.m.) and the concert is free. For details click here.

For a complete schedule of Allentown JazzFest 2017 events go to


Performing Arts Live! Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that produces the Allentown JazzFest and the Allentown FilmFest. For more information, please visit or email bryan [at] palive [dot] org.

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