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Scranton Jazz Fest draws cool musicians from world and local stages

Gia Mazur / Published: July 21, 2016 The Times-Tribune

For jazz lovers, August means it’s time for the Electric City to turn into the Big Easy.

Scranton Jazz Festival is a late-summer staple in Northeast Pennsylvania, and local veteran musician and festival artistic director Marko Marcinko said the Aug. 5-7 event brings jazz, blues and world beat musicians to downtown Scranton consistently each year.

“It works really well,” Mr. Marcinko said. “It really has the flavor of other jazz festivals around the world. It makes you feel like (you’re in) New York City (or) New Orleans.”

The main stage, located in Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., hosts performances during the beginning of the evening. After the main stage closes on Friday and Saturday, local, regional and national up-and-coming and veteran artists perform during the Jazz Walk, which begins at 10 p.m.

Jazz-funk-fusion band the Tizer Trio kicks off the festival Friday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a set by soul singer-songwriter Alexis P. Suter Band at 8:30.

Saturday, Aug. 6, begins with Keystone College Jazz Institute Student combos at 5:30 p.m., and New York City-based quintet Jason Miles and the Kind of New Band at 6:30 p.m. The Jost Project performs jazz renditions of classic rock songs at 7:30, then Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band, featuring jazz master Jimmy Heath, goes on at 8:30.

Sunday, Aug. 7, begins with a jazz brunch in the morning at Carmen’s Restaurant in the Radisson at 11:30 a.m., with a performance by Tommy Hamilton and the Work in Progress band later in the day at 7 p.m.

Festival headliner Blood, Sweat & Tears, featuring lead singer and “American Idol” alum Bo Bice, takes the stage at 8 p.m., followed by the annual final act of the festival, The Festival Jazz Jam, inside Trax Platform Lounge at the hotel at 9:30.

“If someone is a music lover, then they’re going to get a little taste of everything at the jazz festival,” Mr. Marcinko said.

The Jazz Walk takes place at various venues downtown, such as Adezzo, 515 Center St.; Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave.; Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St.; the Bog, 341 Adams Ave.; POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave.; and Trax patio at Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel.

This year’s jazz walk features different artists and acts, including a CD release party for College Music Journal Jazz charts-topper Organik Vibe Trio at Bar Pazzo, 131 N. Washington Ave., on Friday night.

Between developing a menu of complementing food and drinks with the Radisson and ensuring the quality of the sound production, staging and lighting, Mr. Marcinko said the festival aims to keep the tried-and-true formula, but also kick it up a notch.

“It’s familiar but, yet, if you want to do things that are a little bit more elevated, you can,” he said. “We try to bring it up to a higher level.”


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If you go…

What: Scranton Jazz Festival

When: Aug. 5: Main Stage bands start at 7:30 p.m., Jazz Walk begins at 10 p.m.; Aug. 6: Main Stage bands start at 5:30 p.m., Jazz Walk begins at 10 p.m.; Aug. 7: Main Stage bands starts at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Main Stage is located at Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel; Jazz Walk includes Adezzo, 515 Center St.; Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave.; Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St.; The Bog, 341 Adams Ave.; POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave.; Bar Pazzo, 131 N. Washington Ave.; Trax patio at Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel

Details: Tickets are $10 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday gold-level seating and $25 for Sunday general admission. Tickets include Jazz Walk and are available online at, by calling 570-575-5282, or at any Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound locations.


Jazz walk venues set

Posted Jul. 15, 2016 at 4:41 PM

SCRANTON — The Festival continues well into the night with the 12th Annual Jazz Walk.

Hear the best in jazz, blues, world beat music throughout downtown Scranton at various venues:

Ale Marys
Back Yard Ale House
The Bog
The Radisson Trax Patio
…more to be added

Legendary Jazz Rock Band “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” featuring lead singer and American Idol star Bo Bice will headline the 12th annual Scranton Jazz Festival scheduled for August 5, 6 and 7, 2016 at the historic Radisson Hotel and numerous downtown Scranton venues. “Blood, Sweat and Tears,” well known for platinum selling records “God Bless the Child”, “Spinning Wheel” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” to mention a few, will perform at the festival on Sunday August 7.

The Festival will also star the Alexis P. Suter Band and the Tizer Trio on Friday August 5 as well as the 17 piece Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band with special guest artist and saxophone legend “Little” Jimmy Heath on Saturday evening August 6.

Jazz master Jimmy Heath was recently seen on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Also starring at the Festival will be the Jason Miles Kind of New Band, The Jost Project, The Organik Vibe Trio, The Work in Progress group and many more.

Friday Night Ticket: $10 General Admission
Saturday Night Ticket: $25 General Admission
Sunday Night Ticket: $35 Gold Seating, $25 General Admission

Tickets Available:
Joe Nardone “Gallery of Sound” locations
The Scranton Jazz Festival Box Office: Call 570-575-5282 or purchase online at