My name is Westley James Freeman Kershaw and I am thrilled to present The Nashville Jazz Festival. Through my growing relationship with the jazz community, I have decided to develop The 1st ever Nashville Jazz Festival".  A seven (7) day explosion of jazz featuring Traditional, Smooth, Fusion and World Jazz. In a short time, this project has captured the attention of multiple national and international jazz artists who are lining up to be a part of this event in the only true major music city.  In addition it will feature some of Nashville’s regional talent. The Festival includes intimate concerts, participatory workshops and late night parties.  There will also be spectacular main stage shows along with “jam sessions.”

The Nashville Jazz Festival Mission Statement: The undertaking of The Nashville Jazz Festival is to provide the best and most distinctive excellence of jazz entertainment that the music industry has to offer. 

The Nashville Jazz Festival is an event that will combine a celebration of music and culture with a number of activities and musical performances. To be held for seven (7) days that will requires a ticket to attend and provides guests with a number of music and jazz related attractions and activities. Music is the focal point of The Nashville Jazz Festival, with many events featuring multiple stages on which dozens or hundreds of musicians give live performances. Other activities at this event can range from historical jazz retrospectives led by modern leaders of the musical movement to food and games for younger audiences.

The purpose of The Nashville Jazz Festival is to provide a place for fans and performers of jazz music to come together to celebrate the work they love. These events can have very different schedules, though they are typically held from late spring to early fall, when outdoor weather is ideal for such a gathering. Some festivals are held over the course of a long weekend, potentially stretching from Friday to Sunday. It is also possible, however, for a jazz festival to go on for a week or even longer, providing thousands of attendees with a chance to hear hundreds of hours of music.

As the name suggests, the primary focus of The Nashville Jazz Festival is the music itself, though this can be expressed in a number of ways. Artists can come together to create music, poems, and paintings inspired by historical figures in jazz throughout the last century. Live performances of new or past pieces are often the main attraction for many attendees of The Nashville Jazz Festival, which can have multiple stages to host more than one performer simultaneously. Since there are many different types of jazz, these dozens or hundreds of musicians can better suit the various preferences of those people who come to the event. The Nashville Jazz Festival can also provide opportunities for other types of activities and different ways for people to celebrate and explore the music. There are often games for children to play, many of which can be designed to help teach them about music in general, and about jazz specifically. These types of activities keep children entertained at The Nashville Jazz Festival, and can help provide them with a deeper appreciation of music to which they may not otherwise have exposure. Food and other events can also be a major focus of these events, not only for the vendors who sell them, but also for attendees who may live far away and use the festival as a way to try new dishes.

Why Nashville is the perfect place for a Jazz Festival:

This quote was taken from The Nashville Business Journal (fall 2009)

“Nashville has once again been named America’s Friendliest City. Nashville ranked second in the nation for live music and concerts and fourth for an affordable getaway. Nashville also ranked among the Top 10 for safety, affordable hotels, bed and breakfasts, singles/bar scene and wild weekends

Tennessee is known to host thousands of fans traveling long distances to attend festivals.  One of the largest worldwide music festivals, Bonnaroo, attracted nearly 80,000 fans in 2009, according to Ticket News.  The same year, CMA’s Music Festival (Fan Fair) had an average daily attendance of 56,000 (emol.org). 

The Nashville Jazz Festival is a multi-venue event with a strong focus on entertainment and education. The undertaking of the festival is to provide the best and most distinctive excellence of jazz entertainment that the music industry has to offer. Its organizers are dedicated to making The Nashville Jazz Festival one of the most prestigious annual events in Music City for years to come.

Giving Back To Nashville
As you read through the offering you will see the core mission is not just to bring stellar jazz entertainment, but to "give back" to the community in a very big way. We are offering 10% of the GROSS money collected from the Friday, Saturday and Sunday Concerts to go to four Nashville Charities. It is believed that national and multinational corporations would benefit tremendously and are encouraged to get involved, to join in and grow with us. Already, interest has been generated to plan events that will follow this festival.
This percentage will be divided equally between The Nashville Food Bank (formally known as Second Harvest), The Nashville Rescue Mission, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Saint Thomas Heart

The Nashville Food Bank will be able to provide four meals to hungry men, women and children for every dollar collected.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center brings together the clinical oncology programs and the cancer research, education, and outreach activities of Vanderbilt University.

Saint Thomas Heart is the cardiac division of Saint Thomas Health Services and includes the cardiology programs at Baptist Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Saint Thomas Hospital

The Nashville Rescue Mission provides the homeless of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing and shelter to the homeless.

The Nashville Jazz Festival will recognize your company’s contributing dollars to The Nashville Food Bank (formally known as Second Harvest), The Nashville Rescue Mission, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Saint Thomas Heart.  

This is a win-win opportunity for you, us and the people of Nashville.  
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For More Information Contact: NashvilleJazzFestival@yahoo.com