On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the Historic Colored Musicians Club announced its artist line-up for the CMC International Jazz Festival Presented by .9Mile Collaborative. 

The three (3) day festival begins Friday, October 8th, and extends thru Sunday, October 10th, 2021. A full schedule of events and Tickets are available at: 

This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of jazz legend and Buffalo native Arthur E. ‘Juini’ Booth who passed away in July. Civic leaders and guests from the arts and cultural community are expected to attend. In addition to the 2021 Presenting Sponsor, .9 Mile Collaborative, the Festival is pleased to welcome ABC-affiliate WKBW-TV / Channel 7 as its Official Media Sponsor. Channel 7 will feature the Festival on episodes of the “AM Buffalo” show leading up to this highly anticipated event. Embassy Suites by Hilton (Hospitality Sponsor) and WBFO-NPR 88.7 FM are also new to the Festival’s roster of top sponsors. 

The annual autumn event schedule highlights our festival’s elite level of jazz musicianship and artistry and sets it apart from outdoor offerings found on area stages throughout the summer months. Adding to the uniqueness of the event are the “curation categories” so that festival attendees can anticipate the styles of jazz to be presented by each world-class artist. Jazz patrons can see offerings in the following areas of curation: CMC Tribute Series, CMC Next Series, CMC Artist Master Series, and CMC Jazz Innovation Series. Open to the public and the perfect kick-off to this year’s festival is a Masterclass led by woodwind sensation Brent Birckhead on Friday, October 8th at 4PM on Villa Maria Recital Hall’s Main stage. The following day, showcases “Dear Nina,” a noteworthy tribute to High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone performed by Rootstock Republic featuring Drea d’Nur at The Tralf Music Hall on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 4 PM. An innovative offering of musical artists, Scott Tixier, Alan Mednard, Brent Birckhead, and Rishon Odel join Walter Kemp 3 to present Inside Sound: The Black Whole on Sunday, October 10th at 5 PM. The weekend includes other next-generation music and futuristic performances from HAGL (Heroes Are Gang Leaders) featuring James Brandon Lewis, and Val-Inc. 

The .9 Collaborative acknowledges the following supporters of this event: Cullen Foundation, WKBW-TV Channel 7, Embassy Suites by Hilton, The CHALLENGER News, WBFO-NPR 88.7 FM, Villa Maria College, Mix Musik & Media Artist Management Group. 


CMC Master Class: 

Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at 4PM Villa Maria Recital Hall— Jazz Master Class with woodwind sensation Brent Birckhead 

CMC Tribute Series: 

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at 4PM Tralf Music Hall— Drea d’Nur and Rootstock Republic 

CMC Next Series: 

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at 4PM Hallwalls Cinema (at Babeville)— HAGL Heroes Are Gang Leaders 

CMC Artist Master Series: 

Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 at 5PM Hallwalls Cinema (at Babeville)— Walter Kemp 3, INSIDE SOUND: The Black Whole 

CMC Jazz Innovation Series: 

Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 at 8PM Hallwalls Cinema (at Babeville)— Val-Inc 

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