Bridgeport’s McLevy Green will be filled with live jazz music and food trucks on Saturday.
“The purpose of organizing the Bridgeport Jazz Festival is to provide a detailed profile of live jazz musical performances to residents and visitors to Fairfield County. The cultural diversity of musical talent brings generations of family and friends together,” according to the festival website.
Alivia Summerville, 14, from Bridgeport, will kick off the festival at 12:30 p.m. and 15-piece band Top Notch – whose members have performed for artists including Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige and Salt N Peppa – will be the final performance. Headliners also include Sherry Winston, a jazz flautist who performed with Stevie Wonder, and saxophonist Nelson Garcia, whose singles have hit the Billboard charts.
Vendors like CT’s Delicious Dishes, Betzy’s Latin Cuisine, Goni’s Gourmet Lobster Truck and Holy Guacamole will be selling food and drink at the festival. The event will also include a raffle and music by DJ Dirk Millz between each performance, free COVID vaccines and book bags for children, according to David Daniels III, the event’s founder and creator.
Daniels said he wanted to hold a jazz festival in Bridgeport after appearing at numerous festivals across the country and state over the past few decades. The debut of the Bridgeport Jazz Festival last year was a success, according to Daniels, and drew around a thousand people.
“I think Bridgeport needs every positive opportunity,” he said. “It’s the biggest city in the state, and probably a place that could use a bit of culture and entertainment for the people. So why not Bridgeport?”
He encourages people to attend to enjoy the music and see the city of Bridgeport.
“Jazz is America’s true art form,” he said. “People need to see the city. The city has a bad reputation. We need to show it in a more positive light. It will be a good time and a beautiful day.