Sept. 10, 2022 - Old Fort Harrod State Park

Sept. 17 - 18, 2022 - Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

World-Class Jazz Performances

Under the stars at historic  Shaker Village 

Expanded dates for 2022!

Saturday, Sept 10, 12-10p - Old fort Harrod State Park | Saturday, Sept 17, 12-10p - Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill | Sunday, Sept 18, 12-6p - Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Enjoy Performances from...

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 8:30 p.m.

Adrian Crutchfield is known around the world for his neo-soul sound. His smooth, unique timbre reflects his proficiency in a wide variety of genres including jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B, rock, and many more.  Known as the last horn man to perform and record (2012-2016) with Prince. Adrian is featured on many of Prince’s final masterpieces including the 2017 Grammy-Nominated Hit-N-Run Phase 2, and the unreleased, but highly anticipated “Black Is The New Black” a l bum.
​ Adrian also has played sax for many of today’s brightest stars such as Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, CeeLo Green, R&B icon Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia Barrino, K-Ci and JoJo, The Gap Band featuring Charlie Wilson and hip-hop superstar Young Jeezy. In jazz, Mr. Crutchfield has been featured by artists including Kim Waters, Mike Phillips, Alex Bugnon, Jeff Lorber, and Branford Marsalis. He also has performed with the legendary group Fourplay.  Find out more by clicking here.

Saturday, Sept. 10th at 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10th at 1:30 p.m.

Paladin was formed by the gifted New Orleans trumpeter James Millard Poole III in 2013 to perform “Organa” or free spirited improvised jazz.  The stellar rhythm section of Paladin consists of equally gifted musicians including drummer Brehnan Miller,  a Harrodsburg native currently residing in Louisville,  bassist Tom Covello from Lexington, and keyboardist Mark Gardner also residing in Mercer County. Paladin has played to enthusiastic audiences across Kentucky, including  the Jazz on The Porch series at Talon Winery.

Ron Jones Contemporary Jazz Quartet

Saturday, Sept. 10th at 3:15 p.m.

The Ron Jones Contemporary Jazz Quartet, is a high energy group that brings a hardcore groove and excitement to the festival stage. The group features some of the finest musicians in the region, with Ron Jones on Alto Saxophone, Winton Reynolds on Piano, Tom Cavello on Bass, and Kiko Sebrian on Drums.  The group will present a versatle mixture of music from artist like Grover Washington Jr., Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Spyro Gyro, Anita Baker, Earth Wind and Fire, Bill Withers, Kirk Whalum, Stanley Turrentine and other well known artist. We hope that you make a point to see this group throw down this year, at the 2022 Ky Heritage Jazz Festival.

Ron Jones, saxophonist, graduated Cum Laude from Florida A & M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. A native of Louisville, Ky, Ron recorded his first CD, “A Vision of Beauty” in 1997. Ron has performed with a “who’s who” list of the biggest names in jazz including Christian McBride, Wynton, Branford, & Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Jamey Aebersold, and many others. Ron is very involved in the world of jazz education, giving workshops at universities across the Midwest, and teaching private lessons to 50 students per week.

OZmosis

Saturday, Sept. 10th at 5:30 p.m.

OZmosis, is a jazz fusion group featuring originals and arrangements of contemporary giants such as The Rippingstons, Spyro Gyra, Yellow Jackets, Marcus Miller, and David Sanborn, etc. Challenging and charged, the selections are designed to excite, inspire, and impress.  Members include Paul M. Osborne – saxophone and flute, winner of Lifetime Achievement Award 2021 from Lexington Music Awards;  Marlin McKay – trumpet, a jazz recording artist with Lou Orleans Brass Band and music educator at Kentucky State University; Palmer Tolly – keyboards, and co-creator with Paul Osborne, and who has performed across the United States with multiple jazz ensembles; Tripp Bratton, percussionist, who was voted “Best Drummer” at the 2018 Lexington Music Awards and a music educator at Centre College;  Tom Covello, bass; Linsay Olive, guitar and bassist, who has performed solo and in numerous bands including Muddy Waters, Big Bill Morganfield, Johny Rawls and Claudette King; Jesse Penn, guitar; and Rob Wood, drums – percussion/drums, and a national rep and clinician for Paiste Cymbals.

BiGG SuGG and the JaZZ Funkers

Saturday, Sept. 10th at 8:00 p.m.

BiGG SuGG and the JaZZ Funkers make music that has roots in Jazz-Funk Fusion, New Orleans Music, Memphis Soul, and Chicago Blues. Each member of the band is a phenomenal performer, but what happens when the band comes together is transcendent. The undeniable groove and soul flowing off the stage takes everyone bearing witness to another world at every show. Whether it’s the mind-blowing virtuosity of the solos, the brute-force of the band’s funk grooves, or the heart-wrenching blues there is something for everyone every time they perform.  Members include Matthew Polashek – Saxophone, Dane Sadler – Guitar, Ellis Waddell – Bass, Bill May /Troy Messina- Drums, Scott Wilson – Harmonica, and Joseph Linville – Saxophone. 

Saturday, Sept 17, 12-10 - Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Blue Groove Jazz Quartet

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 12:00 p.m.

Blue Groove Jazz Quartet is a classic jazz ensemble with members from Harrodsburg and Danville, Ky.  The band is comprised of seasoned musicians, collectively having very diverse and extensive musical experiences, all with a common love of jazz.  The musical genres of BGJ are equally diverse, ranging from swing, bebop, and Latin, covering artists ranging from Miles Davis to Steely Dan.  BGJ has already garnered a loyal following in central Kentucky and has performed at gala events for the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College and annually at the “Jazz on The Porch” series at Talon Winery. BGJ is also the host band for the Ky. Heritage Jazz Festival. The members of BGJ are Sam Carr (Alto and Tenor Sax), Eben Henson (drums), Pete McCaffrey (bass) and Mark Gardner (keyboards).   

Campbellsville University Faculty Jazz Quintet

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 1:15 p.m.

The Campbellsville University Faculty Jazz Band is a crowd favorite at the KHJF.  The ensemble features Saulo Mouro (piano and bass), Denis Santos (sax and flute), and Chad Ford (percussion). During his early twenties, Mr. Moura was performing with some of the finest bossa-nova, jazz, and samba musicians in Brazil and in Europe, as well as being in the cello section of the Brazilian National Symphony Orchestra. An accomplished and versatile performer and music educator, the multi-instrumentalist Denis Santos (Saxophone and Flute) is originally from Ceará, Brazil. Throughout his career, he has participated in several groups and ensembles such as Bellas Artes Quintet, Camerata da Unifor, and Eleazar de Carvalho Chamber Orchestra. In 2011, Denis formed the Almeida Duo, creating an original sound that has captivated audiences in Japan, South Korea, Brazil, and throughout the USA. Chad has performed throughout the United States, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Japan, South Korea, and Trinidad and with multiple international tours as drummer for the Brazilian-based group, Almedia Duo.

Spherical Agenda

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 2:30 p.m.

Spherical Agenda is a jazz-rock fusion band consisting of the midwest region’s top musicians. Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, their sound not only draws from the cutting edge of today’s fusion but harkens back to the reckless abandon and pure energy of groups like Tony Williams Lifetime, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Return to Forever. Featuring Matt Wiles on bass, Brandon Coleman on guitar, Ben Tweedt on keyboards and Devon Leigh on drums, Spherical Agenda is a powerhouse band whose unique chemistry gives rise to infectious grooves, daring solos, and captivating energy. The band’s members have credits including performances with the Snarky Horns, The Drifters, Fareed Haque, Grammy-Nominated Dan Pugach Nonet, and Sam Blakelsee Quintet and Large Ensembles, clinics, and masterclasses both nationally and abroad, and recording credits such as the television series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow soundtrack and the upcoming “For the Love of King”, a compilation series by the Bootsy Collins Foundation benefiting the restoration of historic King Records.

Jamey Aebersold Quartet

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 4:15 p.m.

The KHJF is honored to welcome back renowned jazz educator and saxophonist Jamey Aebersold and his quartet.  Jamey is joined in his quartet with Doug Elmore on upright bass, Jonathan Higgins on drums, and Wade Honey on piano. Jamey is the recipient of the 2014 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, bestowed upon an individual who has contributed significantly to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of jazz. For over 60 years, Jamey has been the leader in Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Education. Jamey’s renown weeklong Summer Jazz Workshops have been held in 7 countries. His jazz quartet has performed dozens of programs which encourage students to play music and make healthy lifestyle choices.  Jamey’s company, www.Jazzbooks.com has produced 133 book/audio jazz Play-A-Longs. Jazzbooks.com also sells thousands of jazz related items to encourage musicians of all ages to explore playing jazz. Jamey is a driving force in jazz, and continues to kindle the fires of musical imagination in those with whom he comes in contact.

The Sophia Goodman Group (on Aux stage)

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 5:30 p.m.

Led by drummer and composer Sofia Goodman, The Sofia Goodman Group is a jazz fusion band based in Nashville, TN, U.S.A.  The group performs original music, as well as arrangements of tunes in the jazz genre.  Sofia had the honor of performing in a youth ensemble led by teacher and Grammy award winning artist Esperanza Spalding in Boston in 2005 and Esperanza’s encouragement motivated Sofia to keep perfecting her craft. Sofia has been described as “brilliant” by Tony Rounce of Ace Records and radio host “Wildman” Steve Bronson had this to say after the group’s performance at Alex City Jazz Fest:  “The surprise of the night was The Sofia Goodman Group. Excellent band, jazz-fusion fun!”  They have performed at notable festivals like The Elkhart Jazz Fest, The Alex City Jazz Fest, USM Jazz and Blues Fest, Fort Harrod Jazz Fest (3x), West Georgia Jazz Fest, and Jazz on the Point (2x).  In 2018, the group released their debut album “Myriad of Flowers” and it has been streamed worldwide.  In 2019, the album was nominated by NIMA for Best Jazz Album. In 2020, Sofia was nominated by NIMA as Best Jazz Instrumentalist. Currently, Sofia is working on a new album and completed her Master’s degree in Music Composition at Belmont University. 

Brooks Giles Jazz Combo

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 6:00 p.m.

Brooks Giles III is an international saxophonist and vocalist. Brooks has taken his high energy musical mixture of Jazz and Blues to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar and Santiago, Chile where he recorded his CD, “Romance de Los Andes” with “The Pancho Aranda Trio”. His first CD, “Somewhere On Earth, The Bangkok Sessions”, was released in 2002.That same year Brooks and his ensemble were featured on the first ever “Hennessy X.O. Smooth & Mellow Jazz Tour”. After rave reviews, the ensemble was invited to perform again in 2003. Brooks has performed with Donald Byrd, The Drifters, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Charli Persip, Eldee Young, Ron Affif and Peter Duchin. After obtaining his M.F.A. from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens, New York, Brooks toured Europe with the Broadway musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar”. In 2005 he performed on the soundtrack and appeared in the DVD of the original stage play “It’s A Hard Bop Life” by Gregory Charles Royal. Brooks continues to perform in large and small ensembles throughout The United States of America and The World.

The Sophia Goodman Group

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Led by drummer and composer Sofia Goodman, The Sofia Goodman Group is a jazz fusion band based in Nashville, TN, U.S.A.  The group performs original music, as well as arrangements of tunes in the jazz genre.  Sofia had the honor of performing in a youth ensemble led by teacher and Grammy award winning artist Esperanza Spalding in Boston in 2005 and Esperanza’s encouragement motivated Sofia to keep perfecting her craft. Sofia has been described as “brilliant” by Tony Rounce of Ace Records and radio host “Wildman” Steve Bronson had this to say after the group’s performance at Alex City Jazz Fest:  “The surprise of the night was The Sofia Goodman Group. Excellent band, jazz-fusion fun!”  They have performed at notable festivals like The Elkhart Jazz Fest, The Alex City Jazz Fest, USM Jazz and Blues Fest, Fort Harrod Jazz Fest (3x), West Georgia Jazz Fest, and Jazz on the Point (2x).  In 2018, the group released their debut album “Myriad of Flowers” and it has been streamed worldwide.  In 2019, the album was nominated by NIMA for Best Jazz Album. In 2020, Sofia was nominated by NIMA as Best Jazz Instrumentalist. Currently, Sofia is working on a new album and completed her Master’s degree in Music Composition at Belmont University. 

Adrian Crutchfield

Saturday, Sept. 17th at 8:30 p.m.

Adrian Crutchfield is known around the world for his neo-soul sound. His smooth, unique timbre reflects his proficiency in a wide variety of genres including jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B, rock, and many more.  Known as the last horn man to perform and record (2012-2016) with Prince. Adrian is featured on many of Prince’s final masterpieces including the 2017 Grammy-Nominated Hit-N-Run Phase 2, and the unreleased, but highly anticipated “Black Is The New Black” a l bum.
​ Adrian also has played sax for many of today’s brightest stars such as Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, CeeLo Green, R&B icon Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia Barrino, K-Ci and JoJo, The Gap Band featuring Charlie Wilson and hip-hop superstar Young Jeezy. In jazz, Mr. Crutchfield has been featured by artists including Kim Waters, Mike Phillips, Alex Bugnon, Jeff Lorber, and Branford Marsalis. He also has performed with the legendary group Fourplay.  Find out more by clicking here.

Sunday, Sept 18, 12-6 - Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Asbury College Jazz Band

Sunday, Sept. 18th at 12:00 p.m.

Eastern Ky. University Jazz Band

Sunday, Sept. 18th at 12:45 p.m.

Morehead State University Jazz Band

Sunday, Sept. 18th at 1:30 p.m.

University of KY Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, Sept. 18th at 2:15 p.m.

The Walnut Street Ramblers

Sunday, Sept. 18th at 3:00 p.m.

The Walnut Street Ramblers have performed at many locations in Kentucky and abroad. In 2011 and 2012 the band was invited to tour Spain and performed in festivals and concerts on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona, in Bibao, Palma de Mallorca, Puete Pumar, and Santandar. While in Spain the Ramblers also performed at Salamanca’s famed jazz club El Corillo. Ramblers’ members have appeared with such noted artists as Rosemary Clooney, Doc Severinsen, Wycliffe Gordon, Wynonna Judd, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, and Max Morath. Though all members of the band are accomplished performers in the concert and jazz areas, they have a special love for early jazz music, especially featuring tunes from New Orleans and the 1920s. The Walnut Street Ramblers will provide an atmosphere of fun, Americana, and musical enjoyment. 

Osland Dailey Jazztet

Sunday, Sept. 18th at 4:15 p.m.

The Osland/Dailey Jazztet formed in 2006 and consists of Miles Osland, woodwinds; Raleigh Dailey, piano; Brad Kerns, trombone; Danny Cecil, bass; and Paul Deatherage, percussion. The quartet’s music is an update of jazz tradition with influences ranging from jazz fusion to free improvisation.  The group plays original music as well as reinventions of class jazz material.  The members of the quartet, all associated with the University of Kentucky, have performed widely both nationally and internationally. The quartet’s debut recording, titled Evidence, was released on the Sea Breeze Jazz Label in the summer of 2009 and received major airplay across the globe.  The CD has also garnered critical reviews and a recommendation for a Grammy nomination by Sea Breeze.

 

The Jazz In the Barn Gala
 
Friday, September 16th

Help kickoff a new tradition at Shaker Village! 

On the eve of the 2022 Kentucky Heritage Jazz Festival, the Jazz in the Barn Gala will feature live jazz in the historic Meadow View Barn, a three-course dinner and full-service bar, all included in your ticket price.

 Guests to the Gala will also have the opportunity to bid on fantastic gifts and unique experiences in a silent auction.

 Tickets are limited for this special event, and will be first-come, first-serve.

 Click here to purchase