A Touch of Jazz: Heralded event draws hundreds

A Touch of Jazz: Heralded event draws hundreds


The 36th Annual Flint Jazz Festival didn’t disappoint a diverse group of fans, including those who enjoy the “smooth” variety of one of America’s original arts. Among highlights of the Aug. 10-13 event were Johnathan Celestin, singing his jazzed-up version of Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work,” a funky, crowd-pleasing performance from Sidewalk Chalk, musical instrumentals from the 4 Korners, and various other performances, including Bruce Bradley and Tapology, and Smooth Operations.

Greater Flint Arts Council Operations Manager Harold Hill (right) heads the heralded Jazz Fest, which draws the support of many jazz aficionados like Pat (left). Photo by Alvin Brown

“When I need a pick me up, when I need to feel love,” says Celestin, “when I need to express love, I listen to jazz music. I play it in every aspect of my life.”

Johnathan Celestin performed his jazzed-up version of Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work.” Photo by Alvin Brown

Sponsors of the concert series hosted by the Greater Flint Arts Council included Mott Community College, the C. S. Mott Foundation, William G. & Katherine S. Huber Fund, HAP, Holiday Inn Express (of Robert T. Longway Boulevard), Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Diplomat, Art Works, and General RV Center of Birch Run.

“Jazz music influences me greatly,” says Bradley, “because I’ve been listening to jazz all of my life and my dances come from jazz. When I hear the music, that’s what influences me. That’s what makes me want to dance.”

Musical instrumentals from the 4 Korners delighted the crowd. Photo by Alvin Brown

Flint is and will continue to be known for its great jazz musicians, according Jazz Fest organizer and Greater Flint Arts Council Operations Manager Harold Hill, who wants to continue to provide opportunities and preserve the legacy of jazz in a community that treasures its traditions.

Editor’s Note: Article and photography by Alvin Brown

Lead image: Bruce Bradley and Tapology were a crowd favorite at the 36th Annual Flint Jazz Festival. Photo by Alvin Brown.






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