South Bend gets jazzy

Published 10:09 am Friday, August 24, 2012

Joe McBride is one of 10 national acts appearing at Saturday's Jazz Fest in South Bend. Submitted photo

An impressive lineup of 10 national acts is on tap for the Inaugural South Bend Jazz Festival.

Presented by Downtown South Bend, the jazz festival is set to hit high notes from noon to midnight Saturday at various downtown locations.

Promoters are describing the event as “a special European-style Jazz festival” presented by artistic director and saxophonist Danny Lerman. The festival will take place on four different stages — The Morris Jazz Stage, Trio’s Jazz Club, Club Fever and Club LaSalle — throughout the 12-hour timespan. A map of venue locations can be found at

To top it off, a special Jazz Jam will occur at Club Fever from midnight to 2:30 a.m., hosted by well-known songwriter/musician Tim Gant, who is touring with the Ramsey Lewis Band currently.

Admission to the outdoor festival is free with shows running at the Morris Jazz Stage from noon to 7 p.m.

Nighttime Jazz passes, which allow admission to all three jazz stages, are $10 for pre-sales at Michiana Key Bank branches and Trio’s Jazz Club. Tickets will be available the day of the festival at the kiosk at Morris Jazz Stage for $15. People who buy tickets at the Morris Jazz Stage during the day will be able to enter a drawing to win a jazz CD basket of all the performing acts. Tickets will also be available at all three evening venues — Trio’s Jazz Club, Club Fever and Club LaSalle. Each club will have food specials available during the festival, making it an affordable way to hear great jazz and sample great food.

The jazz lineup includes:

• Pianist/singer Joe McBride

• Guitarist/composer Fareed Haque

• Trumpeter Walter White

• Violinist Christian Howes

• Saxophonist Danny Lerman and special guest

• Saxophonist Shelby Brown

• Vocalist/songwriter Spider Saloff

• Trumpeter Mike Hackett

• Carribean jazz group Ritmos Unidos & Mike Spiro

• Saxophonist Don Lerman