HAMPTON, VA. – The 50th Anniversary Hampton Jazz Festival announced
the lineup of artists to appear at this monumental event. The Festival
will take place over a 3-day period at the Hampton Coliseum – June 23, 24
& 25. Confirmed artists are as follows:
Friday, June 23, 2017
Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler
Saturday, June 24, 2017
West Coast Jam featuring Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and Rick Braun
One Artist TBA
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Bobby “BlackHat” Walters
*Artists subject to change
Friday’s show features two of the greatest “neo-soul” artists of all time.
Festival favorite Jill Scott – and everyone’s favorite KEM. Between them
they will mark a fitting opening tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the
Hampton Jazz Festival. In keeping with the name “Jazz” – the Friday show
will also have the enormously popular Brian Culbertson – and the fantastic
duo of Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler.
Saturday’s show – while not complete, promises to be one of the best ever.
Returning after several years will be Anthony Hamilton – another very
important “neo-soul” artist. And appearing for the umpteenth time will be
the Mighty Mighty O’Jays – probably one of the 3 or 4 most favored artists
in the history of the Festival. Tipping back to the “Jazz” scale will be
the West Coast Jam – comprised of the fabulous trio of Richard Elliot,
Norman Brown and Rick Braun. The Festival will be announcing shortly one
more artist to round out the Saturday night show.
Sunday’s show is nothing short of an all-star tribute to the 50 years of
the Hampton Jazz Festival. Probably the 2 most favorite acts at the
Festival ever – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Patti Labelle are sure
to bring back memories from long-ago Festivals. And speaking of long-ago
Festivals – Ramsey Lewis will be appearing at the 50th Hampton Jazz
Festival and he also appeared at the very first Festival back in 1968.
Rounding out the Sunday show will be local blues legend Bobby “BlackHat”
Tickets to the 50th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival are priced at $74.50 per
seat, per day, plus applicable fees. Tickets will go on sale this
Saturday, March 11 at 10 AM online at