Five performances at this weekend’s Iowa City Jazz Festival – Iowa City Press-Citizen | Start Classified

A little over three decades ago, the first Iowa City Jazz Festival had six performances.

In 2022, that number has nearly tripled in three days, complete with artist vendors, food and fireworks.

The Iowa City Jazz Festival returns Friday, featuring performances by Grammy-winning artists, respected music educators and popular local performers to bring the improvisational music genre to the downtown streets.

Singer-songwriter Kurt Elling will take the stage with guitarist and composer Charlie Hunter on Saturday night, while a locally formed quintet will bring Latin tunes to audiences on Sunday afternoon.

Here are five performances to catch during the three-day festival.

Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Quartet

A portrait of Camille Thurman.  She will perform at the Iowa City Jazz Festival on July 3rd.

Born in New York City, Camille Thurman is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer who became the first woman in 30 years to tour and perform full-time with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The musician has shared the stage with Buster Williams, Patti LaBelle, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu and more.

The tenor sax player told Press-Citizen in an email that she previously visited Iowa to perform with Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Hancher Auditorium.

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