This years line-up for the Richmond Jazz Festival offered powerful performances from musical legends as well as emerging young artists. The festival, now in it’s ninth year, has become a prominent music festival in Richmond, VA and continues to feature a solid weekend of great music, food, and vending. Held in the beautiful Maymont Park, next to the James River – this year’s festival drew music lovers from far and near to witness the farewell tour of a funk legend and amazing performances from longtime R&B royalty.
Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton brought the funk late Saturday night, with an inspiring set celebrating Clinton’s farewell tour. R&B legends Gladys Knight and The O’Jays both captured the crowd with memorable hits from their extensive musical catalogs. The Godfather of Neo-Soul Roy Ayers delivered soul infused hits including “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” and “Searching”. Grammy and Tony Award winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater was also on hand to treat festival-goers to a beautiful set. In keeping with the tradition of RJF, this year’s festival included inspiring performances from emerging new talent from jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold and Deva Mahal (daughter of Blues great Taj Mahal).
A second day of music brought forth the exceptional voice of jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn on her first visit to Richmond, VA along with longtime Richmond native Plunky & the Oneness. Unfortunately, inclement weather forced this years RJF to cancel early. Other notables scheduled to perform were: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Brian McKnight, Tony Toni Tone, Eric B & Rakim, and Nicholas Payton.