JAZZ AT IJAMS: Swing Jazz Festival In Knoxville on October 18


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The vibe here is a little like a circus, and a lot like a festival. Aside from all the great swing music theres the flow arts (hoopers, spinners, jugglers), swing dancers, college kids, families, exhibiting artists, fortune tellers... and we all form a community.
JAZZ AT IJAMS is a monthly concert series during the Spring, Summer, and Fall which features gypsy jazz and swing bands in an ampitheatre-park setting at Ijams Nature Center, a 300 acre urban greenspace in Knoxville, Tennessee. Organized as a pic-nic showcasing the food of countries near and far, the event includes art exhibits, swing dancing, yoga, and the flow arts (hooping, spinning, and juggling).

An extension of the gypsy jazz revival we're seeing all over the world, this festival has caught the imagination of local Knoxvillians and has been a big success from the start of the series in April of 2015, attracting hundreds of families, college students, and jazz fans to this outdoor live music happening. It has also become a favorite event for a variety of “movement art" fans ranging from swing dance to breakdancing.

“An interesting thing about it," describes Wilson Browning in an article in The Daily Beacon, “is you get all kinds of people. It's a kind of community building event. There's a lot of creative type personalities there, and everyone just comes together to meet and hang out." (Read Daily Beacon Article)

The next event is on Sunday, October 18 from 4-7 PM. This show will include SWINGBOOTY, JAZZPHONICS, and the breakdancing troupe VolatomiX. Performing artists or vendors looking for more information may contact JAZZ AT IJAMS at compxian@comcast.net

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