For 45 years, the Alexandria Jazz Festival, also known as ALX Jazz Fest, has been a staple event for music enthusiasts in Alexandria. Held annually near Memorial Day weekend, this festival has brought the joy of jazz and entertainment to the city’s residents. This year, the festival promises to be even more special, including a poetry reading by the talented Sami Miranda. Managed by the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts, the ALX Jazz Fest is part of the Portside in Old Town Summer Festival, showcasing the region’s rich cultural heritage.
A highlight of this year’s Alexandria Jazz Festival is the poetry reading by Sami Miranda, poet of Protection from Erasure. Known for his evocative and thought-provoking verses, Miranda will grace the festival with his powerful words. With his unique blend of imagery and rhythm, he captures the essence of the human experience, making his poetry a perfect complement to the soulful melodies of jazz. This special addition to the festival promises to create a mesmerizing fusion of music and poetry.
The success of the Alexandria Jazz Festival is made possible by the dedicated individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes. The 2023 Alexandria Jazz Fest Activation Team, comprised of professionals from esteemed institutions such as the Smithsonian, NPR, and the Levine School of Music, played a crucial role in curating the lineup for this year’s festival. Their expertise and careful selection process ensure the festival showcases diverse jazz styles and regional talent.
As the Alexandria Jazz Festival celebrates its 45th anniversary, it continues to be a beacon of jazz music, art, and cultural celebration in the community. With the inclusion of Sami Miranda’s poetry reading and the ALX Jazz Fest Pop-Up events, this year’s festival promises to be an unforgettable experience for jazz enthusiasts and art lovers alike. Thanks to the efforts of the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts and the talented individuals on the Activation Team, the Alexandria Jazz Festival remains a testament to the enduring power of music and the arts in bringing people together.
📆 June 16, 2023
⏰ 6-9 PM
📍Waterfront Park, 1 Prince St.
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