The annual B’Town Jazz Fest celebrates Bloomington’s rich jazz heritage and showcases the area’s leading professional artists, as well as some collegiate and high school performers.  Everyone is invited to come learn about and enjoy jazz music. Drop by, come and go, or stay all day!

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Donations and sponsorships allow us to offer this jazz-filled 10-11 hour event free of charge to the community! BECOME A SPONSOR FOR AS LITTLE AS $100. See the  Support > Donate/Sponsor page for more information.

BTown Jazz Fest poster

* Update: Unfortunately, Ada Rovatti had a family emergency and was not be able to attend. Greg Ward graciously agreed to fill in.




Event:  2021 B’Town Jazz Fest
Date:    Saturday of Labor Day Weekend   9/4/21
Time:   Noon to 11 pm
Location:  The Woolery Mill2250 W Sunstone Dr, Bloomington, IN 47403
Admission:   Free!

After taking a break in 2020, due to the pandemic, the annual B’Town Jazz Fest is back! The location has been moved outdoors to the Woolery Mill patio and old stone mill space on the southwest side of Bloomington.​

You’ll be treated to some extra special guest performers and the premieres of two brand new jazz compositions commissioned by B’Town Jazz that reflect on the need for diversity, racial justice, and related issues.

One World Catering will provide food and drink for purchase and a cash bar.
Bring cash for CDs sold by the artists!

BTown Jazz Fest sponsors

THANKS also to

Volunteer MCs:
David Brent Johnson  (Producer/Jazz Director WFIU, and host of Night Lights and Just You and Me)
Mark Chilla  (Program Director WFIU, and host of Afterglow)

Photography:   John Karjanis

Stage Managment:  Rodrigo Cotelo

Social Media:   Kyle Brooks and Chris Parker

Jazz Fest Committee: 
Chris Parker, Lisa Ensman, Janis Cooper Parker, Pat Harbison,
Janis Stockhouse, John Porter, Jeff Parker, Andrea Wiley

Essential Assistance:   Fred Parker

Graphic Design by:   B Side Graphics and Lisa Ensman
Sound by:   Kingsnake Sound
Homegrown Hip stage from:    Bloomington Parks & Rec

Woolery Mill image/map

For those who have trouble walking or negotiating stairs:
– The left (west) parking lot has no stairs into the main stage area, but the ground is uneven and covered with gravel inside the old mill building.
– The right (east) parking lot has no stairs into the food area, and the Cabaret Stage can be viewed from that patio also, even though it is down some stairs.
– A golf cart will be available to drive people to the seating area in front of the main stage, as well as back and forth between the lower and upper levels. Look for signs indicating where to wait for the golf cart or obtain assistance from a volunteer.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we ask that everyone abide by the following rules:

  • For your own safety and that of others, all unvaccinated individuals (3 and up) MUST wear a mask covering nose and mouth unless you are at least 10 ft away from others. (Our rules may be more strict than country mandates!) Please take food and drink to an isolated location to eat. (We encourage you to  get vaccinated ASAP, unless your doctor recommends not doing so!)
  • Depending on the situation at the time of the Jazz Fest, vaccinated individuals may be asked to wear masks also, due to the fact that vaccination isn’t perfect and even vaccinated people can unknowingly harbor viruses and infect others.
  • Please use hand sanitizer often and stay safe!
For a preview of most of these artists, see our collection of Homegrown Hip! videos on YouTube!

CS = Cabaret Stage,  HHS= Homegrown Hip Stage

  • 12:00 – CS – Sparks Combo (BHS North)
  • 12:30 – HHS – ​Postmodern Jazz Quartet
  • 1:15​   –  CS – Sam Butler Presents: Spoken Thoughts
  • 1:45  –  HHS – B-Town Bearcats
  • 2:30  –  CS  – The Cuadros Quartet
  • 3:00  HHS – Jamey Aebersold Quartet
  • 3:45  –  CS  – da Vida
  • 4:15   HHS– Pat Harbison and Organism
  • 5:00  CS –  Rachel Caswell with the IU Jazz Faculty
  • 5:30  HHS – Monika Herzig’s “Experiencing Chick Corea”
    featuring R. Brecker
  • 6:45  HHS – Greg Ward Nonet
    (and Greg Ward commission premiere)
  • 8:15  HHS – Clark Hunt’s Drive-By Big Band
    featuring R. Brecker and T. Walsh (and Wayne Wallace commission premiere)
  • 9:45  HHS – Randy Brecker & Greg Ward with the IU Jazz Faculty
    (Ada Rovatti had a family emergency and could not attend)

MCs:  David Brent Johnson and Mark Chilla, from WFIU

Homegrown Hip Stage

12:30-1:30: Postmodern Jazz Quartet
Pat Harbison, trumpet
Jonathan Elmer, trombone
Jeff Isaac, piano
Dave Bruker, bass
Dan Deckard, drums `

1:45-2:45: B-town Bearcats
Mike Lucas, piano
Larry McWilliams, trumpet
Phil Sloffer, tuba
Chris Parker, drums
Kathleen Miller, vocals
Bill James, clarinet
Dan Hughey, trombone

3:00-4:00: Jamey Aebersold Quartet
Jamey Aebersold, saxophone
Gabe Evens, piano
Tyrone Wheeler, bass
Jonathan Higgins, drums

4:15-5:15: Pat Harbison and Organism
Pat Harbison, trumpet
Meghan Pund, saxophone/clarinet
Steve Snyder, B3 Organ
Chris Parker, drums

5:30-6:30: Monika Herzig’s “Experiencing Chick Corea”
Featured Artist: Randy Brecker, trumpet
Monika Herzig, piano
Peter Kienle, guitar
Isaac Beaumont, bass
Chris Parker, drums
Janiece Jaffe, voice

6:45-8:00: Greg Ward Nonet 
Greg Ward, saxophone
Paul Bedal, piano
Matt Ulery, bass
Quin Kirchner, drums
Tom Walsh, tenor sax
John Raymond, trumpet
Pat Harbison,trumpet
Jeff Parker, trombone
Erich Corfman, bass trombone

8:15-9:30: Clark Hunt’s Drive-By Big Band 
Featured Artists:
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Tom Walsh, saxophone
Greg Ward, alto
Ana Nelson, alto
Garrett Fasig, tenor
Nate Johnson, tenor
Jimmy Farace, baritone
Tommy Neidecker, lead
Thomas Cavender
Ben Knoernchild
Jared Rodin, bass
Josue Morales Jimenez, tuba
Clark Hunt, lead
John Raymond
Joey Tartell
Jeff Parker
Pat Harbison
Luke Gillespie, piano
Joel Tucker, guitar
Isaac Beaumont, bass
Chris Parker, drums

9:45-11:00: Randy Brecker & Greg Ward with the IU Jazz Faculty
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Greg Ward, saxophone
Luke Gillespie, piano
Jeremy Allen, bass
Sean Dobbins, drums

(Ada Rovatti had to cancel due to a family emergency)

Cabaret Stage

Noon-1: Sparks Combo (BHS North)
Eli Sparks, bass
Elvin Deckard, saxophone
Leo Messier, guitar
Judah Allen, drums

1:15-2:15: Sam Butler Presents: Spoken Thoughts
Sam Butler, trumpet
Garrett Fasig, alto saxophone
Kyle Cantrell, tenor saxophone
Garrett Spoelhof, piano
Brendan Keller-Tuberg, bass
Carter Pearson, drums

2:30-3:30: The Cuadros Quartet
Nate Johnson, saxophone
Paul Kirk, guitar
Dave Bruker, bass
John Valdez, drums

3:45-4:45: da Vida
Janiece Jaffe, voice
Dave Gulyas, guitar
Dave Bruker, bass

5-6pm: Rachel Caswell with the IU Jazz Faculty
Rachel Caswell, voice
John Raymond, trumpet
Tom Walsh, saxophone
Luke Gillespie, piano
Jeremy Allen, bass
Sean Dobbins, drums

Our special guest artists come to us from New York City…

Randy Brecker and Ada Rovatti!

Randy Brecker has had an amazingly prolific career spanning the worlds of jazz, rock, pop, and R&B. After growing up in Philadelphia, he came to Bloomington in the 1960s to study music at Indiana University, then headed to New York City to begin his career as a trumpet player.  He became a pioneer of jazz-rock fusion, starting with a stint with Blood, Sweat & Tears, then moving on to playing with many other groups; recording countless sessions with superstars like Steely Dan, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Zappa;  forming his own band with his late brother, saxophonist Michael Brecker; and winning award after award.  More recently, he created the Brecker Brothers Reunion Band, featuring many musicians from the  original group plus his wife Ada Rovatti.

After studying at the Berklee College of Music, Italian born saxophonist, composer and arranger Ada Rovatti lived in Paris before moving to New York City. She has  performed and recorded with artists such as  James Moody, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Patti Austin, Joe Bonamassa,  and many more.  She has even appeared in the movie ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ featuring Julia Roberts. Soon after marrying, in 2003 Ada appeared on Randy’s Grammy-winning album 34th N Lex and Randy played on Rovatti’s second album, Under The Hat. As a band leader she has released 5 CDs.  Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond is their most recent collaboration, featuring original compositions inspired by her (their) daughter.

Read more at and

Randy Brecker Ada Rovatti

Jazz music has deep roots in Black culture and has played a central role in civil rights movements that demand equality and justice, and B’Town Jazz is committed to using its resources to support the fight for racial equity and celebrate diversity through the performing arts.

As a visible sign of support, B’Town Jazz has commissioned Wayne Wallace and Greg Ward to each compose a new work for jazz ensemble that reflects on the racial crisis in our nation and underscores the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement. Their compositions will premiere at the B’Town Jazz Fest!

Wayne Wallace (left) is an award-winning performer, arranger, and composer, as well as a professor of practice in jazz studies and jazz trombone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is most well known for his creative Afro-Latin music. His impressive history can be read here.

Greg Ward (right) is a saxophonist, composer, and assistant professor of music in jazz studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has performed all over the world, with longer stints in Chicago and New York City. His musical tastes include Modern Jazz, Funk, and Latin, as well as Classical, Indian, Klezmer and African Music.

Wayne Wallace & Greg Ward

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Donations at all levels, at any time, are greatly appreciated!

100% of donations is used for our programs and minor necessary expenses, for example, to pay performers, rent chairs and tents, print posters, and pay for web hosting. Depending on the amount, donations from individuals and businesses of $100 and up receive special thanks on the website, on posters, on banners, and in video and social media posts, but those $5-10 donations are very helpful too.

If you enjoyed the new compositions commissioned by B’Town Jazz from Wayne Wallace and Greg Ward, and support the quest for diversity and racial justice, please donate in their honor! Specify that you’d like your donation to go toward the commissions during checkout.