The nation's newest major jazz festival, PAETEC Jazz, (www.paetecjazz.com) is coming to Baltimore, promising to heat up the music scene this summer for three music-packed days August 9- 11. Festival officials announced the new event at a news conference this morning at Baltimore's City Hall hosted by Mayor Sheila Dixon. "Considering the enduring history that jazz has in Baltimore, this is indeed a great day for the City," said Mayor Sheila Dixon. "I'm proud to partner with PAETEC Jazz Festival's producers, John Nugent and Marc Iacona, and commend Arunas Chesonis of PAETEC, Inc. for helping showcase Baltimore through this great new event. We're inviting jazz lovers from around the globe to experience a musical encounter unlike anything that's ever happened in Baltimore. From Billie Holliday to Cab Calloway, jazz has set the musical tone for Baltimore for decades and the PAETEC Jazz Festival gives us yet another opportunity to highlight the offerings of our world class city."
PAETEC Jazz Festival Baltimore, will be held in multiple indoor venues and outdoor stages set against the impressive backdrop of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and downtown. A diverse program of more than 40 concerts will embrace all genres of creative improvised music and feature Grammy-winning headliners as well as some of the world's finest emerging artists. Venues confirmed to date include Pier 6 and Power Plant Live! The artist lineup, schedule, and ticket sale information will be announced in May.