2021 Concord Jazz Festival Continues!

Continuing the celebration of Jazz in Concord

This year Concord will carry forth its legacy of ongoing appreciation of jazz with a five-day, LIVE celebration. The Concord Jazz Festival was founded by Carl Jefferson in 1969 and drew 17,000 attendees in its first year. Since then it has become an inaugural event and in 2019, Concord celebrated the Jazz Festival’s 50th year by presenting an array of jazz artists throughout the city of Concord including Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, Dave Koz and many more. Concord plans to continue the legacy and keep the jazz alive by showcasing five days of jazz performances!

Take 5 

In 1959 the Dave Brubeck Quartet released their record, Take Five, which has now become one of the most well known songs amongst jazz enthusiasts. Dave Brubeck was a Concord local turned jazz legend and this five-part jazz series honors him in his centennial year. Jazz fans can enjoy five distinct events that will educate, engage, and immerse them in the world of jazz. 

Visit Concord developed the following guidelines based on CDC-recommended practices. All attendees and staff will be required to strictly adhere to all guidance in order to create a safe, secure and enjoyable event for all.

  • Face masks are required at all times regardless of vaccination status unless eating, drinking or presenting on stage*
  • Maintain 3 feet physical distance from others
  • Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the venue in addition to enhanced surface cleaning protocols

Register for five days of jazz below

Date Event
Wednesday, August 4
The Veranda kicks off the Concord Jazz Festival with Jinx Jones during The Veranda Unplugged from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. 

August 5
A free brief opening tribute to the legacy of Jazz in Concord. Followed by The Big Jangle Tom Petty Tribute band at the Music & Market entertainment series produced by the City of Concord from 6:30 pm - 8 pm.

Register HERE! 
August 6
Stop by midtown's Concord Tap House from 5 pm - 7 pm spend an evening sipping cool beer, eating delicious food, and tuning into a live performance from jazz trio Glib Rig

Register HERE!
August 7
Visit us for an afternoon Open House from 12 pm - 4 pm at the Concord Visitor Center. Shop Concord merchandise and memorabilia while listening to the summer sounds of Concord Jazz Legend, Dave Brubeck. 
FREE. Includes 2021 reusable cold cup (while supplies last).

Register HERE!
August 8
Celebrate the "Throwback" Java & Jazz Event with Grammy winner Matt Zebley and Organ Trio at the Concord Historical Society from 1 pm - 4 pm with iced tea and iced coffee to cool down.  $15 ticket includes collectible hot/cold cup with unlimited pours (while supplies last) and plenty of cool jazz. All proceeds going towards the Concord Historical Society. 

Register HERE!

Jazz Playlist To Go

Smooth Jazz or a Modern take, Visit Concord has got you covered with easy listening from our exclusive jazz playlist on Spotify!

Cool down with Brubeck Summer Sounds with tracks from Bossa Nova U.S.A. to Time Further Out to The Real Ambassadors and more.

Jazz Apparel

Check out our online store for some jazzy apparel! All proceeds from Jazz merchandise sales will go to supporting local nonprofits.