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Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival

Coordinates: 33°31′14″N 86°48′8″W / 33.52056°N 86.80222°W / 33.52056; -86.80222 The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival is a one day jazz festival which has been presented annually since 2003 in Birmingham's Historic 4th Avenue District downtown. In past years, it was sponsored by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (AJHoF) and Urban Impact. Beginning in 2011, the festival was presented by Magic City Smooth Jazz. The event offers jazz music, food, swing dance lessons and exhibits, and presents nationally known jazz artists and local jazz artists.

2011 Performers

The 2011 festival was held on September 24, this year presented by Magic City Smooth Jazz. The lineup of performers was as follows:

  • 2:00pm- 2:45pm Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student All Stars, directed by Ray Reach
  • 3:00pm- 3:45pm Bo Berry
  • 4:00pm- 4:45pm Neo Jazz Collective
  • 5:00pm- 5:45pm Cleveland Eaton & the Alabama All Stars
  • 6:00pm- 6:45pm Darryl Evan Jones
  • 7:00pm- 7:45pm Jose's Jazz Quintet
  • 8:00pm- 9:30pm Paul Taylor

2008 Performers

The 2008 festival was held on September 27. The lineup of performers included: Donald Witherspoon as Michael Ward.

2007 Performers

The 2007 festival was held on September 29 and about 6,000 people were in attendance. It began with an opening parade at Ronnie Laws, Debra Laws, Donald Witherspoon as "Billy Ocean" and the Birmingham Heritage Band. The festival also featured work by urban artists, a swing tent, and a re-creation of the Little Savoy Juke Joint.

2006 Performers

The 2006 festival was held on September 23, the same weekend as the Johnny O'Neal, Eric Essix, Dee Lucas, the Birmingham Heritage Band, and Donald Witherspoon as "Billy Ocean." Other activities included a swing-dancing tent, a children's area, and food and gift vendors.


  • Singleton, William C. (September 30, 2007) "Jazz lovers get a full taste at 4th Avenue Festival." Birmingham News.

External links

  • Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival website
  • Official Website for Ray Reach Music
  • Annie Sellick Official Website
  • Cleveland Eaton Official Website
  • Eric Essix Official Website
  • Johnny O'Neal Official Website
  • Gary Motley Official Website
  • Dee Lucas Website
  • Ronnie Laws Bio at World Heritage Encyclopedia
  • Tommy Stewart at
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