The Jazz Touring Network is a presenter-based membership program that provides support for professional development opportunities and performance fee subsidies for its participants. New members are selected on an annual basis through an open, competitive selection process. Membership criteria for JTN prioritizes performing arts presenters in the mid-Atlantic region with little or no experience presenting jazz, while also encouraging applications from experienced jazz presenters seeking to strengthen their programming. The JTN prioritizes participation by presenters that work in and with communities underserved by the arts. Once selected, membership in the program is ongoing contingent upon meeting annual participation requirements.
A list of current JTN members is available below.
Questions regarding the Jazz Touring Network should be directed to Jess Porter at email@example.com.
The Jazz Touring Network is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.
To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please review the program guidelines carefully prior to submission. The guidelines below are for information purposes only.
Download the 2019-2020 JTN Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
The deadline for the Jazz Touring Network Membership application was August 31, 2018, 5:00 PM EST.
2018-2019 Jazz Touring Network Engagements
All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.
Banda Magda, New York, New York
Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.
Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1 as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more. Banda Magda is currently touring its 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor “Tigre” worldwide.
|8/23/2018||Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA|
|8/24/2018||Light Up the Queen Foundation, Wilmington, DE|
|9/21/2018||Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY|
|3/8/2019||Modlin Center for the Arts at Richmond University, Richmond, VA|
|4/5/2019||Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD|
|4/12/2019||Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV|
|4/13/2019||Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD|
|5/17/2019||Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY|
The Baylor Project, NJ
The Baylor Project featuring Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor highly anticipated collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As the children of Pastors, Marcus and Jean’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make it’s mark. Their debut CD The Journey, released on their own label, Be A Light, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at Number 8 and a year later garnered 2 GRAMMY® Nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance, solidifying The Baylor Project as an undeniable force. As you listen to The Baylor Project, you will be taken on an eclectic musical journey that showcases as much versatility as it does virtuosity.
|10/7/2018||Christina Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington, DE|
|10/27/2018||Kente Arts Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA|
|4/13/2019||THEARC, Washington, DC|
Charenée Wade, New York, NY
“Ms. Wade is a jazz singer of commanding skill, an heir to the legacies of Betty Carter and Carmen McRae,” says the New York Times. The award-winning and critically acclaimed native New Yorker began singing at an early age and immersed herself in the lush sounds of iconic vocalists, from Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson to the likes of Dianne Reeves, Phyllis Hyman and Dee Dee Bridgewater. She was quickly recognized by her mentors and peers for her depth of expression and her deeply swinging groove. Charenee Wade has excited audiences all over the world with the ingenuity of her phrasing and vibrancy that her big personality projects on stage. Wade is poised, majestic with razor-sharp agility reminiscent of the jazz greats. Charenee’s current album, Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, is a powerful re-interpretation of the poet’s musical library. Jazz Wise Magazine has called the album “an emotional engagement with the material that renders every word believable.” Wade gives ample evidence on this remarkable recording to why she is one of the most exciting, distinctive and bold musical talents on the rise today.
|9/22/2018||Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA|
|11/30/2018||Modlin Center for the Arts at Richmond University, Richmond, VA|
|1/23/2019||Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA|
|3/1/2019||Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC|
|3/2/2019||Kente Arts Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA|
Christian Sands, CT
Steinway Artist and five-time GRAMMY® Nominee, Christian Sands is an emerging jazz force. His abundant piano technique perfectly matches his conception, accomplishing a much deeper musical goal: a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. Christian says, “My music is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive.” Whether it’s stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian or Afro-Cuban, Sands develops the past while providing unusual and stimulating vehicles for the present… and for the future. He expresses himself through an extensive vocabulary of patterns, textures and structures, all the while maintaining a strong sense of understatement, sensitivity, taste and swing — hallmarks for as long as he has been playing.
|11/2/2018||Christina Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington, DE|
|11/3/2018||Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA|
|2/2/2019||Hamilton College of Performing Arts, Clinton, NY|
|2/8/2019||Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD|
|2/9/2019||Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV|
|4/25/2019||Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD|
Fred Hersch Trio, New York, NY
Fred Hersch, John Hérbert and Eric McPhearson have been recording and performing together as the Fred Hersch Trio since 1985. According to The New Yorker, the trio plays with “high lyricism and high danger” and the Wall Street Journal calls it “one of the major ensembles of our time.” Fred, John and Eric started playing together in 2009 and have released five CDs including Sunday Night at the Vanguard (2016) which was nominated for two 2016 GRAMMY® Awards and their most recent release, Live in Europe (2018). The Trio has toured extensively in both Europe, Asia and the US, appearing at major venues and festivals to wide acclaim.
As a solo pianist, composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, 6-time GRAMMY® nominee Fred Hersch lives up to the praise of The New York Times, who, in a featured Sunday Magazine piece, aptly declared him, ”singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” Recently, Hersch was proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so.”
|4/5/2018||Manchester Craftsman Guild Jazz, Pittsburgh, PA|
|4/4/2019||Anderson Center for the Arts at Binghampton University, Binghampton, NY|
Michael Mwenso & The Shakes, New York, NY
Mwenso and the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music. Immigrating from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii, the Shakes all now call Harlem their home. Taking from the stylings of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and many other American musical legends – Michael Mwenso leads an electrifying show The New York Times calls “intense, prowling, and ebullient.”
|3/2/2019||Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY|
|3/8/2019||Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY|
|3/15/2019||Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD|
|3/16/2019||Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD|
|4/5/2019||THEARC, Washington, DC|
|4/6/2019||Arden Gild Club, Arden, DE|
|4/9/2019||Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA|
Iconic GRAMMY® Award winning guitarist John Scofield teams up with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart in Combo 66, a new band that builds upon Scofield’s long legacy of masterful improvisation and stylistic diversity. Since the late 1970’s, Scofield has been a major influence on jazz, continuously finding new and exciting avenues to reinvent himself as an artist. In recent years, Scofield won two consecutive Best Jazz Album GRAMMY® Awards for Past Present and Country For Old Men – for which he also won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Instrumental solo – and has received resounding critical acclaim for his 2017 release Hudson with all-star bandmates Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, and John Medeski. Now, joined by three formidable artists in their own right, Scofield’s new band showcases an intricate interpretation of jazz’s limitless direction.
|3/7/2019||Arden Gild Club, Arden, DE|
|3/8/2019||Cornell Concert Series at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY|
|4/12/2019||Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA|
|4/13/2019||Modlin Center for the Arts at Richmond University, Richmond, VA|
Theo Croker, New York, NY
Grandson of the late trumpeter Doc Cheatham and former student of the legendary Donald Byrd, trumpeter Theo Croker draws upon traditional fundamentals, then carries them forward. Well-versed in the swing, bop, and modal styles of acoustic jazz, Croker’s own music reveals a love of organic funk, soul, and gooey, groove-oriented hip-hop. Helping to raise Croker’s musical vibrations is his ensemble, DVRK Funk, a group he’s played with for several years, featuring saxophonist Anthony Ware, keyboardist Michael King, guitarist Ben Eunson, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Kassa Overall. Also adding color to the proceedings are guitarist Femi Temowo and saxophonist Irwin Hall.
The Wall Street Journal heralded Croker’s 2016 album, Escape Velocity as “ timeless and of-the-moment”. Ultimately, with Escape Velocity, Croker proves he’s got deep ideas about life, spirituality, and how music connects us all. The release of Croker’s newest project, Star People Nation is anticipated in fall 2018.
|5/9/2019||Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA|
|5/10/2019||Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD|
|5/11/2019||THEARC, Washington, DC|
Anderson Center for the Arts
Annette Burnett, Director
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
Arden Gild Hall
Ron Ozer, President
2126 The Highway
Arden, DE 19810
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Heidi Hawkins, Director of Programming
1333 H Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.399.7993 ext. 116
Black Rock Center for the Arts
Alyona Ushe, Executive Director
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
Kathryn Maguet, Executive Director
Weis Center for the Performing Arts
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Lynn Creamer, Artistic Director
105 Church Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Phone: 304.645.7917 ext. 114
Christina Cultural Arts Center
H. Raye Jones Avery, Executive Director
705 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts
Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718.463.7700 ext. 225
Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series
Bill Mandicott, Chair of CES Advisory Board
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Hamilton College of Performing Arts
Michelle Reiser-Memmer, Performing Arts Administrator
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Kente Arts Alliance
Mensah Wali, Artistic Director
1212 Manhattan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
James Lemons, Executive Director
17 Algonquin Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Montgomery County Community College
Brent Woods, Senior Director of Cultural Affairs
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Modlin Center for the Arts
University of Richmond
Deborah Sommers, Executive Director
T-107A 28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
Double Time Jazz Series
Kimberly Douglas, Director, Theater Operations & Programming
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
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