JazzFest Recap: Part II

Well-travelled tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda is a Cleveland native who has not only lived here through most of his career, but has made a point of championing his hometown’s music scene and that of the Midwest more broadly. His Thunder From the Heartland group fits in this vein, bringing together accomplished jazz musicians from the area—Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago—in an effort to demonstrate a characteristic approach to the music, cultivated by the Midwest jazz culture: a “gathering of kings,” in Krivda’s parlance, with “distinct dialects” formed in America’s heartland.

Read the rest of my review of Tri-C JazzFest’s final six days at All About Jazz.


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