Jazz Festival

Jazzin’ Tiffin adds grilling, bourbon

Jazzin Tiffin 2016 PosterThe 8th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin Festival, set for September 10 on Frost Parkway in Tiffin, has some new additions this year. In addition to great jazz music, local vendors and beer and wine, local “celebrities” will be grilling and a Marker’s Mark representative will be serving up bourbon and commemorative Tiffin glass shot glasses.

New this year, local faces including Mayor Aaron Montz, Tiffin University President Lillian Schumacher and Heidelberg University President Rob Huntington, will be “celebrity servers” in the grilling area from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mike Pinkston of the Empire at 138 will be grilling bratwurst with peppers and onions.

Maker’s Mark representative and Tiffin-native Joe Roszman will be running a bourbon tent within the beer garden, which will include the entire festival and vending area this year. Along with bourbon, there will be original Tiffin glass shot glasses engraved with the Jazzin’ Tiffin logo that can be dipped in the Maker’s Mark wax. There are only 200 of these unique souvenirs.

The festival begins at 3 p.m. on September 10.

Public invited to Jazz Festival “Education Night”

Educational poster for Jazz 2015Interested in what it takes to be a successful musician and recording artist in today’s music industry? Here’s your chance to find out. In keeping with Tiffin’s reputation as the “Education City,” a new Education Night will be held on the second day of the festival (September 11). The final Jazz Night at the Mill will serve as the warm-up party on September 10, with the full-day line-up of live musics taking place on September 12.

This open-to-the-public event will bring together both of the town’s college jazz ensembles from Tiffin University and Heidelberg University, along with area musicians, high school students and interested residents to interact with Jazzin’ Tiffin headliner Chris Standring. The TU Dragon Big Band will perform with Standring on one of his songs, in a new arrangement for big band written by band director Nathan Santos, and Standring will demonstrate jazz techniques and discuss topics such as:

  • Guitar technique and composition
  • Survival in the music business
  • What it takes to be an an artist

The event will take place on Tiffin University’s campus in the Osceola Theatre, in the Gillmor Student Center, from 4 to 6 pm.

Established in 1850, Heidelberg University has more than 1,300 undergradute and graduate students studying a wide range of subjects on a beautiful historic 110-acre campus. The School of Music and Theatre has been helping prepare majors for successful careers. The Heidelberg University Jazz Ensemble is a jewel of the program, with a summer jazz workshop every year.

Established in 1850 and recently named one of the top ten small town colleges in America, Tiffin University had more than 4,000 students enroll last fall, and it continues to grow. With a beautiful 130-acre campus in Tiffin, plus additional international campuses in Europe and Asia, TU is a great institution. Its ProMusic degree program is designed to provide students with a modern musical skill set, and the university even has its own record label. Their jazz band and vocal ensembles are part of the program. The program also features pro-style music groups designed to give students performing experience on the road and in the studio, giving dozens of performances each semester on campus, in the community, and on the road.

Chris Standring to headline 7th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin

Festival expands to three days with a full day of free live jazz on September 12

Jazzin Tiffin Poster 2015TIFFIN, OHIO – August , 2015 – The 7th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin festival will take place September 10-12, 2015. This annual celebration in Tiffin, Ohio begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 10 with the first ever official Warm-Up Party at the historic Pioneer Mill Restaurant. On Friday, September 11, local university students will get to interact on-on-one with headliner and jazz superstar Chris Standring during the festival’s first “Education Night.” The main event—an all-day jam session with six performers from around the country—takes place on Saturday, September 12 and runs from noon to 10 pm.

Jazzin’ Tiffin has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz music, such as Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Nelson Rangell, Mindi Abair, Chuck Loeb, Warren Hill and Alexander Zonjic. This year’s headliner, Chris Standring is among today’s hottest jazz stars and he will bring his own special brand of music to the stage on Frost Parkway in Rotary Park on Saturday evening September 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Standring has been performing for nearly three decades and has numerous projects in his discography, with his latest release “Don’t Talk, Dance” receiving a lot of attention. Add to that the release of his autobiography “Something In the Stars,” a plethora of very creative and entertaining music videos and a new internet TV show and you quickly see that Standring’s star is rising once again. “I love doing things that no one else is doing. Especially when people tell me, oh, you shouldn’t do that!” Standring said. “I have made a career out of going down the uncharted path. My music has been called funky, sexy, and electric.” he said.

20150813120830066Nelson Rangell will also be making his second visit to Tiffin, this time with not one but two exciting new CD releases featuring chart toping hits. Ann Arbor Michigan’s Lady Sunshine & The X Band will perform as will former NFL Star Larry Lee and his band, Back in the Day. Rounding out the lineup will be up and coming Lansing sax man Phil Denny and the Heidelberg University Jazz Ensemble.

New this year are the Jazz at the Mill nights, held at the historic Pioneer Mill restaurant on Thursdays at 7 p.m. leading up to the festival. Local acts give residents and visitors a chance to eat great food and listen to live jazz in an upscale, restored building whose foundations date back to 1822. Trio NOT will perform first on August 27, followed by the Pete Ford Jazz Trio on September 3, and the B3 Jazz Trio will finish things off with the Warm-Up Party on September 10.

Educational poster for Jazz 2015Tiffin, Ohio has long been known as the Education City, being one of the few small towns in America with two universities—Tiffin and Heidelberg—and in that spirit the first Education Night is taking place on Friday at 4 p.m in the Osceola Theatre in the Gillmor Student Center. The Education Night gives local university students and musicians the chance to learn from a successful contemporary artist in an intimate setting. This year, none other than the headline artist Chris Standring will be featured.

About Chris Standring

Born and raised in Great Britain, Standring loved the guitar at a very early age. His dream was to come to America and see what all the “fuss” was about. So when he left England for California for a visit that turned into a year living in Los Angeles and ultimately making it his new home, it was that adventurous spirit that has catapulted him to being one of the most sought after guitarists in America.

For more information about Chris Standring visit www.ChrisStandring.com or follow him on Facebook. Chris also invites you to view his YouTube videos and his new TV Show “The Inside Track”


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